Excerpt: Night of Dark Shadows was a sequel to House of Dark Shadows , and a bid from series creator Dan Curtis to estabish an ongoing horror anthology using his television cast and crew. Unfortunately, this 1971 film didn't fare as well at the box office, and was the last of the Dark Shadows projects for fans to gobble up.
Conclusion: A direct follow-up to the first 'Dark Shadows' movie, 'Night of Dark Shadows' is a complete snore-fest, with absolutely no relation to the show except by name only. This thinnest of all connections also includes the names of characters from the series and the same cast in different roles, but aside from that, there's little to enjoy from this sequel except fall asleep to it. The Blu-ray arrives with a good audio and video presentation, but it won't likely impress anyone.
Conclusion: There was a fantastically funny old Peanuts cartoon where Snoopy was atop his dog house attempting to write the Great American Novel, starting with that infamously horriblye Bulwer-Lytton opening line, "It was a dark and stormy night." The ever critical Lucy came by, read the sentence, and launched into a withering diatribe informing Snoopy of how horrible the opening was and how readers needed to be instantly drawn into a story by meeting an unforgettable character.