YMMV / Dark Shadows

The series:

  • Cult Classic
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: 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 purposely introduced to allow Jonathan Frid a personal life again.
      • Taken to the extreme in the 2012 movie, where Barnabas is now the protagonist.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: 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.
  • Growing the Beard: Around mid-1968 the show took on a Darker and Edgier tone with more ambitious Story Arcs and increased Character Development, and shortly after that it got Bloodier and Gorier as well.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Quentin Collins, in life and in death. Angelique being no slouch either.
  • Narm: The forgotten or flubbed lines and general Ham and Cheese are major contributors. However..
  • Narm Charm: The series still has a fanbase forty years after ending for a reason.
  • Playing Against Type: Major movie star Joan Bennett in a daytime soap.
  • Screwed by the Network / Too Good to Last: 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.
  • The Woobie: Although he's not completely innocent, the suffering Willie Loomis goes through 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 Throw the Dog a Bone. 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:

  • Awesome Music: Danny Elfman's score, plus many great 70s anthems.
  • Cry for the Devil: One may feel sympathy towards Angelique - sure, her actions have been downright evil and she's a Manipulative Bastard, but she's also been repeatedly rejected by Barnabas and according to him, she "cannot love."
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: Angelique may be an evil bitch but Barnabas, although he's comedic and trying to help his family, is a murderer several times over.
  • Director Displacement: 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.
  • Evil Is Cool/Evil Is Sexy: Angelique.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Would have been an outright Box Office Bomb if not for overseas grosses. (Its domestic gross was $79 million while its worldwide take was well over $200 million.)
  • Jerkass Woobie: 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.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Angelique.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
  • One-Scene Wonder: Christopher Lee as Clarney.
  • Shocking Swerve: The reveal that Carolyn is 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.
  • Stoic Woobie: Maggie/Victoria.
  • Strangled by the Red String: 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.
  • Tainted by the Preview: Some fans are less than thrilled about the film's emphasis on broad comedy.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Or rather several; one of the film's major problems is that it has plenty of interesting plot threads, 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.
  • Trailer Joke Decay: "Are you stoned?" "They tried stoning me, my dear. It did not work."
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Like many of Tim Burton's films, the film has an emphasis on visuals.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: 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.
  • The Woobie:
    • 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. 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 Iron Woobie 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 locked in a coffin 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 Kick the Dog moments towards them over the years.
    • Given how Angelique has been doling out numerous Kick the Dog 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.