A Gothic soap opera that took place on a small Caribbean island, Strange Paradise featured the occult in the story of wealthy but cursed Jean Paul Desmond who resided in his castle ...
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Produced at the same time as the more well-known Twilight Zone, this series fed the nation's growing interest in paranormal suspense in a different way. Rather than creating fictional ... See full summary »
A Gothic soap opera that took place on a small Caribbean island, Strange Paradise featured the occult in the story of wealthy but cursed Jean Paul Desmond who resided in his castle Maljardin with his servants Raxl, a voodoo priestess, and Quito, a mute strongman. When the series began, he was mourning the deaths of his wife Erica and their unborn child. His desire to bring his wife back to life resulted in more tragedy. Eventually Maljardin burned down and the action moved to Desmond Hall, the family home somewhere in the United States, and many new characters were introduced. Written by
Okay, so its production values aren't the highest. Still, STRANGE PARADISE is an entertaining ride, worthy of far more attention than it has garnered in the past 40 years. The series was produced as a daily serial (i.e. a soap opera), and was inspired by the phenomenal success of Dan Curtis' DARK SHADOWS. So, no, it is not slick or glossy. It was shot on a break-neck schedule in an effort to get the episodes done quickly for daily broadcasts. But if you're willing to watch a few episodes and give the story time to develop, it's really quite fascinating. And the scripts are better written than generally credited, particularly the early weeks penned by Ian Martin. STRANGE PARADISE is fairly obscure, but if you like horror stories in the vein of DARK SHADOWS and you have the chance to give it a look, it's well worth your time.
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