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"Dark Shadows" Creator Passes Away at 77

To be known for creating something as distinctive as the vampiric soap opera "Dark Shadows" would have been enough to earn Dan Curtis a place in the horror history books. But he was behind many classic chill-inducing films for the big and small screens. Writer Richard Matheson was the engine that drove such projects as "Trilogy of Terror," "Dead of Night," "Scream of the Wolf," "The Night Stalker" and "Dracula," but Curtis was a capable director who knew how to interpret Matheson's scripts for maximum effect.

Last month we lost Darren McGavin, the man who made such memorable business of the "Night Stalker" films while in front of the camera. Today we lose the man who sat behind the camera and kept an eye on things. Other films that Curtis will long be remembered for include "The Turn of the Screw" and "Burnt Offerings," as well as the miniseries "War and Remembrance" and "The Winds of War." Few filmmakers working today have his knack for creating just the right atmosphere.

Curtis died of a brain tumor. His wife preceded him in death by a few weeks. His obituary can be found at the Dark Shadows Journal Online.--Pete Mesling

Posted by Pete on March 27, 2006 11:49 PM
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