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Master of Dark Shadows is a 2019 American documentary about the gothic daytime TV series Dark Shadows and its visionary creator, Dan Curtis. The documentary was directed by Severin Films’ David Gregory (Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Doctor Moreau; The Theatre Bizarre segment ‘Sweets’; Texas Chain Saw Massacre: The Shocking Truth) and is set to be released on Blu-ray on April 16th.

The MPI Media Group feature documentary, which was shot in New York, Los Angeles and London, includes interviews with key actors and filmmakers involved in the undyingly popular story of vampire Barnabas Collins and all the eerie goings-on at the gloomy Maine mansion Collinwood.

In 1966, a phenomenon was launched when Dark Shadows debuted on ABC-TV as a daily gothic suspense series. Airing in the late afternoon, the show attracted a massive youth audience as it shifted to the supernatural with the introduction of vulnerable vampire Barnabas Collins. Witches, ghosts and scary story lines turned Dark Shadows into a TV classic that led to motion pictures, remakes, reunions and legions of devoted fans who have kept the legend alive for five decades.

Master of Dark Shadows offers insights from Dan Curtis himself in addition to writer-producer Alan Ball (True Blood), screenwriter William F. Nolan (Trilogy of Terror), author Herman Wouk (The Winds of War), veteran actors Whoopi Goldberg (Ghost), Barbara Steele (Black Sundayand Ben Cross (The Unholy)Dark Shadows stars Jonathan Frid (Seizure), David Selby, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Lara Parker, John Karlen (Daughters of Darkness), Nancy Barrett, Jerry Lacy, Roger Davis, Marie Wallace, Chris Pennock and James Storm, plus other colleagues and family members.

The documentary reveals the fascinating history, far-reaching impact and lasting appeal of Dark Shadows with a compelling blend of rare footage and behind-the-scenes stories while also exploring the dramatic talents of creator-producer-director Dan Curtis. Known as the “King of TV Horror,” the filmmaker followed Dark Shadows with other iconic genre favourites including The Night Stalker, Trilogy of Terror, Dead of Night and Burnt Offerings before earning accolades for the epic miniseries The Winds of War and War and Remembrance.

Special features:

  • Dark Shadows studio visit
  • Before Dark Shadows: The House
  • Vintage TV spots
  • The Dick Cavett Show: Jonathan Frid
  • Light & Shadows: David Selby
  • Promos & more


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