The Television Horrors of Dan Curtis
Dark Shadows, The Night Stalker and Other Productions, 1966–2006
About the Book
The award-winning and innovative director Dan Curtis was known for helming epic war movies, but before that he darkened the small screen with the horror genre’s most famous soap opera. Curtis directed the groundbreaking daytime television serial Dark Shadows from 1966 to 1971 and then turned his lens to numerous made-for-TV horror movies.
This book examines 16 horror films that Curtis produced, co-wrote, or directed, as well as the cultural impact of Dark Shadows and its various incarnations. The book features 69 photographs and a foreword by Jim Pierson of Dan Curtis Productions.
About the Author(s)
Format: hardcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: 69 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2009
Table of Contents
Foreword: The Fearless Master by Jim Pierson 1
Introduction: Dan Curtis and Television Horror 9
I. The Career of Dan Curtis: An Overview 19
II. Curtis’s Dream: Dark Shadows 55
III. Big-Screen Shadows: House of Dark Shadows and Night of Dark Shadows 76
IV. Curtis and the Classics: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Frankenstein, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Dracula, and The Turn of the Screw 89
V. The Kolchak Papers: The Night Stalker and The Night Strangler 113
VI. In the Night Stalker Vein: The Norliss Tapes and Scream of the Wolf 127
VII. A Trilogy of Trilogies of Terror: Trilog y of Terror, Dead of Night,and Trilogy of Terror II 136
VIII. Curtis’s Pre-War Farewell to Horror: Burnt Offerings and Curse of the Black Widow 153
Conclusion: Dan Curtis and the Emergence of Participatory Fan Culture 165
Chapter Notes 179
Book Reviews & Awards
“Thompson has done his homework—this comprehensive career biography of TV legend Dan Curtis covers everything the man produced…Thompson writes with a clear love for his subject and an accuracy that’s impressive”—VideoScope; “highly recommended”—Examiner.com; “unique and highly recommended”—Midwest Book Review; “a superb book, a must read for all Dark Shadows and Dan Curtis fans”—Scary Monsters Magazine; “excellent detail…fascinating, enlightening and educational…photographs are incredible. It’s a must-read”—Canyon News; “Thompson does a great job of fleshing out Curtis’ entire career…a well-researched book! Grade A-”—mania.com; “enjoyable reading and lots of fun”—www.meetup.com.