New Movies 2012: House of Dark Shadows and Night of Dark Shadows Filmed at Lyndhurst in Tarrytown
Filmed at Lyndhurst in Tarrytown, two spooky flicks — House of Dark Shadows and Night of Dark Shadows — are now available on Blu-Ray
By Marisa LaScala
Every Halloween, a cluster of scary movies hits the multiplex. They run the gamut from interesting and innovative (V/H/S) to family-friendly (Frankenweenie and Hotel Transylvania) to the churned-out sequels of whichever horror movies made enough money to warrant them last year (Paranormal Activity 4 and Silent Hill: Revelation).
This Halloween, don't forget about the classics — even the campy, silly ones. On October 30, for the first time, two Dark Shadows movies — House of Dark Shadows and Night of Dark Shadows — will be available on Blu-Ray.
Why should we care — especially when that Tim Burton/Johnny Depp Dark Shadows adaptation earlier this year didn’t do very well? Unlike the newest remake, these early ’70s films were shot at Lyndhurst in Tarrytown. The gothic mansion stood in for the series’ great house, Collinwood. You can see it in the first few seconds of the House of Dark Shadows trailer. (Warning: This trailer contains a lot of monster-movie-style screaming, and a good dose of fake blood — best not watch it if people are looking over your shoulder.)
This summer, Lyndhurst celebrated its connection to the movie by hosting a Dark Shadows festival. (You can see photos, of course, on the Blog of Dark Shadows.)
But even though the stars of the series have all left town, you can still check out a part of spooky cinema history. Now through Halloween, the mansion hosts “Lyndhurst After Dark” tours, where you can explore the home of the Collins family to the moody accompaniment of live organ and piano music, (For those equally interested in the Goulds than the Collinses, check out “Historic Tours with a Twist” for guided daytime tours.)
Oh, and if you happen to have a Jonathan Frid costume hanging in your closet, you’re encouraged to wear it.
Associate Editor Marisa LaScala joined Westchester magazine in 2003, and ever since she's blown every paycheck at the Greenburgh Multiplex. She also staunchly defends Richard Kelly, doesn't mind spoiling the endings of trashy movies you're curious about but don't want to pay to see, wishes the Hold Steady would come back and rock out Westchester, misses Arrested Development more than anyone can imagine, and still watches cartoons and Saturday Night Live. You can find more of her cultural criticism at www.popmatters.com, where she is a staff writer.