Last October 2012, Warner Brothers released two of their "Dark Shadows" titled movies. The second in this installment was "Night of Dark Shadows" which was released in 1971. With "House of Dark Shadows" it is a retelling of several episodes in the show; "Night of Dark Shadows" is an original script. Utilizing this method adds more suspense to this feature film. As a result, I enjoyed this film more than the original. The movie stars David Selby, Grayson Hall, and Kate Jackson.
The movie takes place once again at the house of Collinwood. A couple Quentin (Selby) and Tracy (Jackson) Collins move into the seamlessly quiet home, as Quentin consumes himself into his work as a painter. The housekeeper Carlotta Drake (Hall) welcomes them with open arms. Within no time of being in the home Quentin begins to feel as if he's been there before. Strange things begin to happen but no one seemingly has any explanation.
As the time progresses, it becomes evident Carlotta knows more than she is willing to tell. Quentin begins having dreams and visions of his distant relative Charles Collins (who identically resemble each other) and his love for the witch Angelique (Laura Parker). Angelique was hanged in the 1800's for witch craft. Quentin finally confronts Carlotta about what is going on. Carlotta tells him the entire story of Angelique and how she wants to reunite with the spirit of Charles Collins through Quentin. Carlotta ultimately tells Quentin that Angelique must have Tracy out of the way going forward.
Quentin becomes more and more possessed as time goes by.It begins to take a toll on his marriage and his friendship with Alex (John Karlen) and Claire Jenkins (Nancy Barrett). None of them are aware of the danger that they are in.