We’ve gone on — and will this entire week — about Dan Curtis and Dark Shadows. Finally, this movie — director by David Gregory, one of the co-founders of Severin Films — is here to tell the story of the creative power that was such a part of American TV horror in the 1970’s. Beyond Dark Shadows, Curtis was known for The Night Stalker, Trilogy of Terror and Burnt Offerings before his two mini-series The Winds of War and War & Remembrance earned rave reviews, won multiple awards and dominated the ratings.
Narrated by Ian McShane, this film has reflections by the late Curtis, along with many of the people who worked with him closest and his family. Look for Dark Shadows stars Jonathan Frid, John Karlen, James Storm, David Selby, Roger Davis, Marie Wallace, Chris Pennock, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Lara Parker, Nancy Barrett and Jerry Lacy, along with Ben Cross from the 1990’s series. And Whoppi Goldberg shows up to share what Dark Shadows meant to her, along with Barbara Steele, who co-produced The Winds of War and War & Remembrance with Curtis.
The DVD, which you can get from MPI Home Video, also has an extra where Jonathan Frid dresses up as Barnabas to attend the White House on Halloween 1969 for Richard Nixon’s daughter!
This is a must-watch and the perfect primer — or review — for all things Curtis.
You can watch Master of Dark Shadows on Amazon Prime.