Production Has Wrapped on MASTER OF DARK SHADOWS Doc

Soap operas are a dying breed. Streaming television has made it hard for anyone to keep up, and with so much content everywhere, it’s just difficult to commit to a daily program. However, in a not too distant past, soaps reigned supreme as daytime television. Scandalous storylines of evil twins, strange weather machines, and corrupt doctors and police officers, it was all the rage. Amongst those sensual, steamy hyperbole on normal day life, was Dan Curtis and Dark Shadows. That’s right. A soap opera that had a vampire as a main character, with ghosts, ghouls, witches and a number of other spooky creatures popping in and out along the way.

Now, MPI and Dark Sky FIlms have wrapped on a documentary on the iconic show, with Ian McShane narrating and a slew of other celebrities giving their two cents. Show-runner of True Blood Alan Ball, Barbara Steele of Black Sunday, and even WHOOPI GOLDBERG. Check out the full run on the press release below and for longtime fans or the completely uninitiated, Master of Dark Shadows is going to be a must see.


MPI Media Group today announced it has completed production on the highly anticipated 

MASTER OF DARK SHADOWS, a comprehensive celebration of the legendary Gothic daytime series Dark Shadows and its visionary creator, Dan Curtis. The feature documentary, which was shot in New York,  LA and London, includes interviews with key actors and filmmakers involved in the undyingly popular story of vampire Barnabas Collins and all the eerie goings-on at the gloomy Maine mansion Collinwood. The documentary was directed by David Gregory(Lost Soul, Godfathers of Mondo)and is set to be released this spring.

Narrated by Ian McShane (Deadwood)MASTER OF DARK SHADOWS offers insights from Curtis himself in addition to Oscar-winning writer-producer Alan Ball (True Blood), screenwriter William F. Nolan (Trilogy of Terror), author Herman Wouk (The Winds Of War), veteran actors Whoopi Goldberg (Ghost)Barbara Steele (Black Sunday)and Ben Cross (Chariots of Fire)Dark Shadows stars Jonathan Frid, David Selby, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Lara Parker, John Karlen, Nancy Barrett, Jerry Lacy, Roger Davis, Marie Wallace, Chris Pennock and James Storm, plus other colleagues and family members.

In 1966, a phenomenon was launched when Dark Shadows debuted on ABC-TV as a daily Gothic suspense series. Airing in the late afternoon, the show attracted a massive youth audience as it shifted to the supernatural with the introduction of vulnerable vampire Barnabas Collins. Witches, ghosts and scary story lines turned Dark Shadows into a TV classic that led to motion pictures, remakes, reunions and legions of devoted fans who have kept the legend alive for five decades. 

The feature-length documentary MASTER OF DARK SHADOWS reveals the fascinating history, far-reaching impact and lasting appeal of Dark Shadows with a compelling blend of rare footage and behind-the-scenes stories while also exploring the dramatic talents of creator-producer-director Dan Curtis. Known as the "King of TV Horror," the Emmy-winning filmmaker followed Dark Shadows with other iconic genre favorites including The Night Stalker, Trilogy of Terror and Burnt Offerings before earning accolades for the epic miniseries The Winds of War and War and Remembrance.