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The working title of this film was Dark Shadows. According to information in the film's copyright record, the duration of the film is 102 minutes. Location scenes filmed at Lyndhurst estate near Tarrytown, New York, and Norwalk, Connecticut.
House of Dark Shadows marked the feature film debut of producer-director Dan Curtis (1927-2006), who had produced and directed the ABC Television series Dark Shadows, on which the film was based. Curtis worked on a few feature films, but was best known for his work on television, particularly for producing and directing the television mini-series Winds of War (1983) and War and Remembrance (1988), which were adapted from the best-selling novels of the same names by Herman Wouk. Several cast members from the popular daytime soap opera revived their roles for the film, including Jonathan Frid, Joan Bennet and Grayson Hall. Another film inspired by the series that was produced and directed by Curtis but did not feature Frid or Bennett was the 1971 release Night of Dark Shadows. For additional information on the television series, please consult the entry below for the 1971 film.