Imprisoned in a coffin for more than a hundred years, the vampire Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid) is freed when a local drunk (John Karlen) discovers the Collins crypt and opens the coffin. Now 43%. House of Dark Shadows (1970) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors. 15 rows · Mar 06, 1971 · Directed by Dan Curtis. With Jonathan Frid, Grayson Hall, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Roger Davis. Vampire 6.4/10(2.7K). Even in these troubled times, the vampire has it worse than most of us. Consider. He's got to spend all day in his coffin, coming out only at night. That's OK if you're a short-order cook on the midnight shift and enjoy daytime TV. But what if you're just a kid vampire? It's bad enough for an ordinary kid to have to go to bed, but imagine a vampire kid in, say, July. He'd have to be tucked in.