Dan Curtis - Bio and Creative Works

Dan Curtis

FILM DIRECTOR • FILM PRODUCER • SCREENWRITER
Born
1927-08-12
Died
2006-03-27
Age (at death)
78
Citizenship
United States of America
Place of Birth
Bridgeport
Full TV/Movie Credits
Bio

Dan Curtis was an American director, writer, and producer of television and film, known among fans of horror films for his afternoon TV series Dark Shadows and TV films such as Trilogy of Terror. Dark Shadows originally aired from 1966 to 1971 and has aired in syndication for nearly 40 years. Curtis was responsible for the 1991 remake of Dark Shadows, which was canceled because of low ratings. - Wikipedia

Select Creative Works

MOVIE • 2005 • Director

In the '80s, priests and especially the Father Geoghan arrested for sexual abuse of minors. Cardinal Law, also indicted, and the diocese was aware of the actions of these men of the church and was kept secret for years, until the victims decide to seek redress.

MOVIE • 1998 • Director

20th century computer games designer Scott exchanges love letters with 19th century poet Elizabeth Whitcomb through an antique desk that can make letters travel through time.

MOVIE • 1996 • Director, Writer

Three tales of terror: in "The Graveyard Rats" lovers murder the woman's older husband and encounter horror when they attempt to rob his grave; "Bobby" is the story of a woman who summons her son back from the dead; and in "He Who Kills" an African doll goes on a murderous rampage.

MOVIE • 1993 • Director

A lonely and emotionally neglected rich kid forms an attachment to one of the men who kidnap him during a botched robbery of his father's safe.

MOVIE • 1992 • Director

A mother escapes her abusive husband and takes her young daughter toward refuge in a secluded home, only to be assailed by intruders hungry for the gold that’s supposedly buried in the house.

MOVIE • 1980 • Director

A Jewish attorney and his son battle anti-Semitism in pre-war New England.

MOVIE • 1979 • Director

A light-hearted view of the Dalton Gang's legendary raid on Coffeyville, Kansas and the years leading up to it as the brothers form themselves into a gang of horse thieves, train and bank robbers with their arch enemy, Detective Will Smith, constantly on their heels.

MOVIE • 1979 • Director

A small-town teen is raped while on an outing with a group of men. The local authorities mishandle the case, leading to the the acquittal of the accused rapist. The teen's mother then sets on a course of revenge which also threatens to tear the family apart.

MOVIE • 1979 • Director

A gambling addict, mobsters, movie producers and others are plagued with murder while aboard a high-speed rail train. This pilot episode for the short-lived "Supertrain" series (which lasted just 9 episodes) was released to home video as a independent feature.

MOVIE • 1978 • Director, Story

A little girl convinces her attorney father to defend a mute war veteran accused of murdering a store owner.

MOVIE • 1977 • Director

Tony Franciosa plays a detective who's on the trail of a murderer whose mutilated and predominantly male victims are found encased in silken cocoons...

MOVIE • 1977 • Director

This anthology tells three stories: a man buys a car that takes him back and forth through time; a tale of vampires; and a distraught mother asks for her drowned son to come back to life and gets more than she bargained for.

MOVIE • 1976 • Screenplay, Director

A couple and their 12-year-old son move into a giant house for the summer. Things start acting strange almost immediately. It seems that every time someone gets hurt on the grounds, the beat-up house seems to repair itself.

MOVIE • 1975 • Director

Gangsters free one of their colleagues being escorted to prison and kill several FBI agents and local police officers in the attempt. FBI agent Melvin Purvis puts together a special squad to track down and capture the men responsible.

MOVIE • 1975 • Director

A horror anthology containing three stories: a female college professor is aggressively pursued by one of her students; a prudish brunette determines that her free-spirited blonde sister is evil; and a woman's night turns upside down after she purchases an ancient Zuni fetish doll.

MOVIE • 1974 • Director

Dracula is searching for a woman who looks like his long dead wife.

MOVIE • 1974 • Director

An English governess is hired to take care of two adorable orphans, who turn out to be not exactly what they seem to be.

MOVIE • 1974 • Director

Agent Melvin Purvis is placed in charge of running down notorious killer Machine Gun Kelly, and sets out to do just that.

MOVIE • 1974 • Director

A big-game hunter comes out of retirement to help track down a killer wolf, and begins to suspect that it isn't a wolf but an animal that can take human form.

MOVIE • 1973 • Director

Television thriller about a woman is possessed after a brutal attack.

MOVIE • 1973 • Director

A newspaper publisher listens to the personal tapes of investigative reporter David Norliss, who has disappeared during an investigation. The tapes tell the story of that investigation, involving a recent widow whose late husband has been seen working in his private studio. As Norliss and the widow investigate, they unravel a plot involving Voodoo and the walking dead.

MOVIE • 1973 • Director

After being run out of Las Vegas, reporter Carl Kolchak heads for Seattle and another reporting job with the local paper. It's not long before he is on the trail of another string of bizarre murders. It seems that every 21 years, for the past century, a killer kills a certain number of people, drains them of their blood and then disappears into the night. Kolchak is on his trail, but can he stop him?

MOVIE • 1973 • Screenplay

A scientist obsessed with creating life steals body parts to put together his "creation." Released as a feature on video, this was originally shown in two installments on TV as part of the Wide World of Entertainment series.

MOVIE • 1971 • Director, Story

A newlywed painter and his wife move into his family's ancestral home and find themselves plagued by spirits of past residents.

MOVIE • 1970 • Director

The story of vampire Barnabas Collins, the possible cure offered him by Dr. Julia Hoffman, and his search for love amidst the horror.

MOVIE • 1969 • Writer

Investigator Jonathon Fletcher and his assistant Sajeed Rau investigate an apparently haunted mansion at the request of the woman who has inherited it.

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