Updated: Dec 22, 2019
To be honest, I was a little skeptical when I first heard the announcement about MPI Home Video’s new documentary, Master of Dark Shadows. I haven’t always been entirely pleased with their Dark Shadows projects, particularly their compilation “movies,” The Vampire Curse and The Haunting of Collinwood. I thought they might just repurpose footage and interviews from any number of video projects they’ve produced since the infamous daytime soap opera was introduced on home video back in the days of VHS.
That may be the case, in part… I mean, some of the actors and creators, including Dan Curtis, himself, are no longer living. However, if previously-seen interviews are incorporated, the cream of the crop has been chosen and director David Gregory (Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau) has woven them into a compelling and engaging 92-minute movie. In other words, it’s totally legit and the description on the cover box accurately describes it:
The feature-length documentary Master of Dark Shadows reveals the fascinating, far-reaching impact and appeal of Dark Shadows with a compelling blend of rare footage, historical images 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 mini-series The Winds of War and War & Remembrance.