Soap operas are notorious for their wacky twists and turns, but none of them had fully embraced fantasy or horror before Dark Shadows, the cult-classic daytime drama that premiered on ABC in 1966. Focused around vampire Barnabas Collins and the mysterious Collinwood mansion, the show didn’t have the ratings or the legs of its contemporaries, but has lived a long life since then in the form of reboots, re-interpretations and rebroadcasts of the original.
The man behind Dark Shadows was named Dan Curtis, and soon a new documentary will be out that’s all about him, his famous creation, and what was involved in making it. Master Of Dark Shadows was filmed across three major cities and features a wide variety of stars, creatives and luminaries, all fans of the Gothic soap: Oscar-winning 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 Sunday), Ben Cross (Chariots of Fire), and Ian McShane (Deadwood) providing the narration. Plus, Curtis himself.
The feature-length documentary MASTER OF DARK SHADOWS 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 Emmy-winning filmmaker followed Dark Shadows with other iconic genre favorites including The Night Stalker, Trilogy of Terror and Burnt Offerings before earning accolades for the epic miniseries The Winds of War and War and Remembrance.
Master of Dark Shadows will be released April 16 on DVD and VOD platforms. Here’s a trailer…