Master of Dark Shadows Release Date and Trailer Drop

Collinwood casts a long shadow in upcoming doc on Dan Curtis' supernatural soap opera Dark Shadows.

Dark Shadows Barnabas Collins and Angelique

“The Collins blood always had a rather-persistant strength,” Barnabas Collins said in the iconic sixties daytime drama Dark Shadows. The series will get an infusion in the upcoming documentary Master Of Dark Shadows, which celebrates of the legendary Gothic series and its visionary creator, Dan Curtis. The Master of Dark Shadows release date is April 16, 2019, when the film will be available across digital platforms and on DVD. In MPI Media Group’s first Master of Dark Shadows trailer we learn the creator of the legendary Gothic soap opera was more than his horror he wrought on daytime and nighttime TV. 

Curtis has always been slightly hidden behind the dark shadows of Dark Shadows. Yes, each episode proclaimed the daytime series was a Dan Curtis production, but that was just because he was good at it. Curtis defined TV horror in the sixties and seventies, and got pretty tired of it.  

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Emmy-winning filmmaker Dan Curtis is known as the “King of TV Horror.” He followed Dark Shadows with other iconic horror favorites including The Night Stalker, Trilogy of Terror and Burnt Offerings before he produced the epic miniseries The Winds of War and War and Remembrance.

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You can watch the trailer here:

The documentary was directed by David Gregory (Lost Soul, Godfathers of Mondo) and includes interviews with key actors Jonathan Frid, David Selby, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Lara Parker, John Karlen, Nancy Barrett, Jerry Lacy, Roger Davis, Marie Wallace, Chris Pennock and James Storm and filmmakers involved in the series.

Narrated by Ian McShane (Deadwood), Master Of Dark Shadows speaks with the HBO vampire series True Blood‘s writer-producer Alan Ball, as well as Whoopi Goldberg (Ghost), Barbara Steele, who starred in Mario Bava’s gore classic Black Sunday, screenwriter William F. Nolan (Trilogy of Terror), author Herman Wouk (The Winds Of War), and Ben Cross (Chariots of Fire).

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“In 1966, a phenomenon was launched when Dark Shadows debuted on ABC-TV as a daily Gothic suspense series,” reads the official press announcement. “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 was shot in New York, Los Angeles and London. The feature-length documentary reveals the history, far-reaching impact and lasting appeal of Dark Shadows with a blend of rare footage and behind-the-scenes stories.

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The Maser of Dark Shadows will be available across digital platforms and on DVD on April 16, 2019.

Culture Editor Tony Sokol cut his teeth on the wire services and also wrote and produced New York City’s Vampyr Theatre and the rock opera AssassiNation: We Killed JFK. Read more of his work here or find him on Twitter @tsokol.