Dark Shadows

Master of Dark Shadows, a new feature-length documentary about legendary Gothic daytime series Dark Shadows, has been completed according to ComingSoon.

Narrated by Ian McShane (American Gods) the documentary promises an in-depth look at the series and its creator, Dan Curtis.

Dark Shadows debuted in 1966 on ABC. Daytime soaps were all the rage, and Curtis tapped into that fervor, adding a twist of his own with the addition of vampires, witches, ghosts, werewolves, and a whole host of other strange and supernatural beings.

Dark Shadows
Alexaandra (Moltke) Isles as Victoria Winters in Dark Shadows

Set in Collinsport, Maine, the series centered on the Collins family and their mysterious and stately home, Collinwood Mansion. When a young woman named Victoria Winters (Alexandra Isles) travels to the Collinsport to unlock the mysteries of her past, she has no idea the Pandora’s Box she will open in the process.

The series was on shaky ground in the beginning, mostly because of its rather slow pace, but with a change of time slot and the introduction of 200 year old vampire Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid), it was soon one of the most talked about series on television.

Master of Dark Shadows
The addition of Barnabas Collins helped save the show!

Dark Shadows ran for four years producing a whopping 1255 episodes in that time. It spawned two original spinoff films (House of Dark Shadows and Night of Dark Shadows), an attempted 1991 reboot, and Tim Burton’s film starring Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins.

Curtis would later work apply his considerable talents to other films and series such as The Night Stalker, The Turn of the Screw, and Burnt Offerings starring Bette Davis, Oliver Reed, and Karen Black.

Master of Dark Shadows is produced by MPI Media Group and directed by David Gregory. It will include appearances by Whoopi Goldberg, Alan Ball, and Barbara Steele as well as new and archival interviews with members of the original cast.

No dates have been set for the documentary’s release, but stay tuned to iHorror for more details as we get them!

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