! The series:

* CultClassic
* EnsembleDarkhorse: There's a reason this page is pretty much just about Barnabas, despite the fact that he wasn't supposed to be a permanent character.
** Quentin Collins as well, who was [[EnforcedTrope purposely introduced]] to allow Jonathan Frid a personal life again.
*** Taken to the extreme in the 2012 movie, where Barnabas is now the protagonist.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: The show had a huge following in Mexico, and, due to its tendency to create completely new settings every few months, is sometimes acknowledged as an influence in the development of the {{telenovela}}.
* GrowingTheBeard: Around mid-1968 the show took on a DarkerAndEdgier tone with more ambitious {{Story Arc}}s and increased CharacterDevelopment, and shortly after that it got BloodierAndGorier as well.
* MagnificentBastard: Quentin Collins, in life and in death. Angelique being no slouch either.
* {{Narm}}: The forgotten or flubbed lines and general HamAndCheese are major contributors. However..
* NarmCharm: The series still has a fanbase forty years after ending for a reason.
* PlayingAgainstType: Major movie star Joan Bennett in a daytime soap.
* ScrewedByTheNetwork / TooGoodToLast: The 1991 remake. It actually started off well. But the Gulf War at the time interrupted its timeslot which messed with it's rating. NBC eventually gave it the ax much to viewers dismay. Even a mass letter campaign and a picket protest (yes, ''really'') didn't convince the network to put it back on the air.
* TheWoobie: Although he's not completely innocent, the suffering Willie Loomis goes through [[spoiler:after releasing Barnabas from his coffin]] is well out of proportion with the severity of his misdeeds, and it's hard ''not'' to feel sympathy for the guy. The movie ''House Of Dark Shadows'' seems to realize this and majorly ThrowTheDogABone. [[spoiler: Even though Willie dies at the end, he finally is able to do the right thing he always wanted to do and be Maggie's hero when he helps save her from Barnabas]].
** Plus, the guy got shot ''five times'', ended up in a coma, and was wrongly accused of being Maggie's kidnapper. In one episode.

! The film:
* AwesomeMusic: Danny Elfman's score, plus many great 70s anthems.
** The early shots of Victoria's travels scored by [[Music/TheMoodyBlues "Nights in White Satin]]"
* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: Angelique may be an evil bitch but Barnabas, although he's comedic and trying to help his family, is a murderer several times over
* DirectorDisplacement: Some of the advertising claims it's "From the mind of Tim Burton", despite the film actually being based on a cult-classic soap-opera.
* DudeNotFunny:
** After the recent death of Jonathan Frid, the original Barnabas Collins, several people have decided to try and be funny and say [[KickTheDog that Frid died because of the previews for the upcoming film]], despite the fact that [[CriticalResearchFailure Frid filmed a cameo for the film]].
** On another note, some people really didn't find Barnabas [[spoiler:killing all those hippies after just having befriended them]] to be all that funny. No, some people found it more along the lines of frightening or sad even though it was clearly PlayedForLaughs. To elaborate, Barnabas finally seems to have found some people who are actually nice to him, in their own weird way, understand his problems, and who are very supportive of the way he feels. Even Barnabas himself seems genuinely happy to have finally found a place where he truly fits in. [[spoiler:Then he just turns around and simply states he has to kill all of them (which he does so quite brutally from what we hear),]] and somehow, the fact that they're hippies makes it all a joke? Yeah, not to everyone.
* EvilIsCool[=/=]EvilIsSexy: Angelique.
* MagnificentBastard: Angelique.
* MoralEventHorizon:
** Angelique crossed this line when she killed Barnabas' parents and drove Josette to suicide. Plus turning Barabas into a vampire in the first place and [[BuriedAlive locking him in a box for nearly two hundred years.]]
** [[spoiler:Roger abandoning David.]]
* OneSceneWonder: ChristopherLee as Clarney.
** Music/AliceCooper AsHimself.
* ShockingSwerve: The reveal that Carolyn is [[spoiler: a werewolf]] may come off as this to those who didn't notice the foreshadowing beforehand.
* StoicWoobie: Maggie/Victoria.
* StrangledByTheRedString: The film's first two acts focus on Barnabas adjusting to the modern era and rebuilding the family empire while dealing with Angelique, but come the third act he and Victoria are declaring their love and embracing despite sharing all of three or four scenes beforehand.
* TaintedByThePreview: Some fans are less than thrilled about the film's emphasis on broad comedy.
* TrailerJokeDecay: "Are you stoned?" "They tried stoning me, my dear. It did not work."
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: Like many of Tim Burton's films, the film has an emphasis on visuals.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids: [[NeverTrustATrailer The trailer depicts the film as being an edgy, comedic remake]] of the original television show, targeted towards families. The actual film features a sex scene, multiple sexual references, and rather bloody attack scenes.
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