Dark Shadows Movie Book
By Kathryn Leigh Scott and Jim Pierson
Foreword by Kate Jackson
Softcover; 312 pages
Photographs (b&w and color)
“Dark Shadows” was the first television series to be made into a major motion picture with an active TV show in production. The House of Dark Shadows was filmed by MGM in 1970 while the cast continued to tape the ABC-TV series.
The Dark Shadows Movie Book contains the uncut original scripts to both films (House of Dark Shadows filmed while the TV series was still in production, and Night of Dark Shadows was made shortly after the series was completed). The four female stars of the films — Kate Jackson, Lara Parker, Nancy Barrett and Kathryn Leigh Scott — contribute their recollections of the two productions.
The Dark Shadows Movie Book features reproductions of the uncut original scripts to both films (which offer numerous rare scenes deleted from the film’s release prints), complete with producer-director Dan Curtis’ extensive script notes — offering unique insights to the filming process. The book also contains dozens of previously unpublished publicity photographs and behind-the-scenes shots, including many in full color — plus trivia, production credits and promotional material.
House of Dark Shadows, released in 1970, involves the story of reluctant vampire Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid) and his attempt to make Collinwood governess Maggie Evans (Kathryn Leigh Scott) his eternal bride. The film also starred veteran Hollywood screen actress Joan Bennett.
Night of Dark Shadows, released in 1971, focuses on newlyweds Quentin Collins (David Selby) and Tracy Collins (Kate Jackson), who have inherited the foreboding Collinwood mansion and find themselves tormented by the evil spirit of Angelique (Lara Parker).