Vampire Barnabas Collins is accidentally released from his centuries-long confinement at his family's estate in Maine. He targets his clueless descendants who live there now and pursues Maggie, the incarnation of his lost love.
Kathryn Leigh Scott
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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
Literary influences on "Dark Shadows" that have been either attested or suggested include the Greek myths Orpheus and Eurydice and Pygmalion, Jane Austen ("Pride and Prejudice" and other works), Samuel Beckett ("Waiting for Godot"), Charlotte Brontë ("Jane Eyre"), Emily Brontë ("Wuthering Heights"), Richard Condon ("The Manchurian Candidate"), Charles Dickens ("Nicholas Nickleby"), Alexandre Dumas ("La Reine Margot" and "The Count of Monte Cristo"), Daphne Du Maurier ("Rebecca"), Patrick Hamilton ("Gas Light"), Dashiell Hammett ("The Maltese Falcon"), William Fryer Harvey ("The Beast with Five Fingers"), Shirley Jackson ("The Lottery"), Henry James ("The Turn of the Screw"), H.P. Lovecraft ("The Call of Cthuhlu", "The Dunwich Horror" and "The Thing on the Doorstep"), Arthur Miller ("The Crucible"), Ovid ("Pygmalion"), Edgar Allen Poe ("The Tell-Tale Heart", "The Cask of Amontillado", "The Premature Burial" and "The Pit and the Pendulum"), Mary Shelley ("Frankenstein"), Robert Louis Stevenson ("Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde"), Bram Stoker ("Dracula"), Tom Stoppard ("Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead"), Virgil (Orpheus and Eurydice"), H.G. Wells ("The Time Machine"), Oscar Wilde ("The Picture of Dorian Gray"), and P.G. Wodehouse ("The Inimitable Jeeves" and other works). See more »
Jeremiah Collins's headstone is misspelled "Jerimiah Collins." See more »
Let me give you one word of advice, Dr. Hoffman. The pursuit of Barnabas Collins can lead to nothing but misery. He is a cold, harsh, unresponsive man."
Dr. Julia Hoffman:
Who made him that way?
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1795- "I set a curse on you Barnabas Collins-" 1967- Dark Shadows, after being on for less than one year was on the verge of being thrown into oblivion, forgotten and lost forever, along with a 172 year old family secret. Then quite by accident, a vampire was released from his coffin and Television history was made!
This show, campy, and low budget(who could afford anything else 40 years ago?) became a household word along with its star attraction, Vampire Barnabas Collins. Now that it is finally on DVD, (THANK YOU, MPI VIDEO!!!!) Those who remember can return to their childhood days and relive it all again, and those who were not there, can see for themselves what made this a soap opera hit! Nowadays, most soaps focus on "who slept with who," or "who is going to overthrow a corporate bigwig" Not this show! Vampires, witches, werewolves, warlocks and ghosts rule here!
No other soap has been remembered this long and no other soap has ever made it to yearly conventions or VHS and DVD. This show is immortal as the vampire themselves. No matter how hard anti fans try to kill it, this show will always be resurrected! Dark shadows rules!
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