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: Night Of Dark Shadows is always atmospheric and occasionally a little goofy but fans of gothic horror really ought to enjoy this one even if they're not necessarily fans of the TV series that inspired it. The story is a little predictable but it's shot with plenty of style and a great eye for spooky composition and mood. The performances are solid even when the script is not and if this isn't a lost classic, it's still pretty damn entertaining.
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.
Summary: Lots of us have odd little hobbies that probably few other understand but which make us happy for one reason or another. (There's a fantastic bit in an old Mary Tyler Moore episode where Mary is "distressing" or antiquing an old chest of drawers by whacking it with a huge chain, and Rhoda's mother tells her, "It's nice that you have a hobby that makes you happy.