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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 Barnabus 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.
  • 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
  • Designated Villain: Dr. Hoffman's motivations in transfusing Barnabas's blood so she can become a vampire is undoubtedly selfish and her methods are underhanded, but there is no evidence what she is doing is harming him - and considering he kills people just to survive, it's hard to see her actions as too vile.
    • She harmed him by giving him false hope. Not to mention she was willingly trying to become some thing that'd need to kill people to survive like Barnabas.
  • 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.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: After the recent death of Jonathan Frid, the original Barnabas Collins, several people have decided to try and be funny and say that Frid died because of the previews for the upcoming film, despite the fact that Frid filmed a cameo for the film.
    • On another note, some people really didn't find Barnabas 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 Played for Laughs. 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. 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.
  • Evil Is Cool/Evil Is Sexy: Angelique.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Angelique.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Angelique skirts between being genuinely evil and being sympathetic, up until Barnabas rejects her one too many times, prompting her to chain him back up, blow up the fishery, and rally the town on the rest of the family by revealing Barnabas's murders.
    • She already crossed the line when she killed Barnabas' parents and drove Josette to suicide 196 years ago. Plus turning Barabas into a vampire in the first place and locking him in a box for nearly two hundred years. Then there's the fact that she's been trying to blackmail him into being her lover the entire movie.
    • Roger abandoning David.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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