The rich Collins family of Collinsport, Maine is tormented by strange occurrences.


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The story of Dark Shadows begins with newly hired governess Victoria Winters arriving at Collinwood, the Collins' estate in Collinsport, Maine in search of her mysterious origins. She soon is caught up in the strange events and mysteries that seem to surround the Collins family. Eventually, the Collins' "cousin from England", Barnabas Collins, arrives and takes the show in a new direction; his vampire curse introduces a new history of the Collins family. Part of this revised history is the popular character of the witch Angelique whose jealously led to the tragic death of Barnabas' great love Josette and who placed the curse upon Barnabas. Written by Anonymous

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27 June 1966 (USA)  »

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Shadows on the Wall  »

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(1225 episodes)

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(1966-1967)| (1967-1971)

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1.33 : 1
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The first time Jonathan Frid had to bite a victim, he had to rush to the set in a few seconds. He only had a few seconds to put his fangs in. They wound up going in upside down, and he chewed them to bits. See more »


Jeremiah Collins's headstone is misspelled "Jerimiah Collins." See more »


Angelique: You wish you'd never met me. But you did. And nothing can change it... Come to me. I command you to turn around. Look into my eyes. Deep into my eyes. You have no will of your own. You cannot resist me...
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It's STILL good
24 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

Like many people I used to rush home from grammar school to see this Gothic soap opera. I distinctly remember being petrified of the werewolf and running out of the room when Barnabas bit somebody.

Seeing it now it's still sort of creepy. It moves very slow (of course) and the black & white seasons are extremely dull with really pathetic special effects and threadbare settings. But when the series switched to color and started to really be popular (in 1967) it really got going. The special effects improved, the settings and costumes got more elaborate and the plot lines went barreling out of control. Also they had a good cast who played all their roles seriously. That's good, because if they had camped it up or winked at the audience it would have fallen apart.

A good, fun horror soap. It's a good thing it's available on video and DVD now.

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