!! 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]]"
* CryForTheDevil: One may feel sympathy towards Angelique - sure, her actions have been downright evil and she's a ManipulativeBastard, but she's also been repeatedly rejected by Barnabas and according to him, she "cannot love."
* 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.
* EvilIsCool[=/=]EvilIsSexy: Angelique.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: Would have been an outright BoxOfficeBomb if not for overseas grosses. (Its domestic gross was $79 million while its worldwide take was well over $200 million.)
* JerkassWoobie: As evil and manipulative as she might have been, it can still be hard not to feel a bitof sympathy for Angelique, ghiven that all she wanted was Barnabas's love.
* 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.]]
* {{Narm}} : [[spoiler: When Angelique is defeated and [[LiterallyShatteredLives breaking into pieces]] after she's defeated in the climax, she reaches into her chest and pulls out ''' ''the fakest looking CGI heart you can possibly imagine.'' ''' And holds it out to Barnabas, who simply stares at it, no doubt as confused as the audience.]]
* OneSceneWonder: Creator/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.
** That's because it's a parody of the soap opera twists of the original.
* 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.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: Or rather several. One of the film's major problems is that it has plenty of interesting plot threads - Baranabas' feud with Angelique, Barnabas trying to restore the family fortune and business, Maggie Evans' struggles with her past, David's issues with his dead mother and his deadbeat dad, Barnabas's relationship with Maggie, Barnabas trying to get himself cured, Vicki's attempts to become a vampire, Carolyn's issues, Josette's attempts to communicate with the living - but there are just too many of them, and there's only time to develop one or two properly in the relatively short amount of running time, rather than over a season's worth of episodes.
* 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.
* TheWoobie:
** David. His mother was killed at sea by Angelique before we meet him (he was only five years old at the time), and his father barely cares about him any more. Carolyn also belittles him somewhat due to how David thinks he can still communicate with his dead mother. [[spoiler:His father then leaves to satisfy his own greed without even saying goodbye to him]], and is then almost hit seconds later by a falling disco ball. Poor kid...
** Barnabas, possibly with a bit of IronWoobie in there. His parents were killed by Angelique after he rejected her advances, and after that, well, things went downhill fast after that. His beloved Josette was bewitched into falling to her death off Widow's Hill, then turned into a vampire and [[BuriedAlive locked in a coffin]] [[NoExceptYes for 200 (er, no, 196) years]]. Worst of all, when he finally is freed from the coffin, he has to see a world that has drastically changed since he last saw it, and how his descendants have suffered all because of Angelique's KickTheDog moments towards them over the years.
** Given how Angelique has been doling out numerous KickTheDog moments to the Collins family thanks to Barnabas rejecting her love, and they've done absolutely nothing to deserve it (they're just the descendants of the man she couldn't have), they count as well.
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