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.
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A modern revival of the classic science fiction horror anthology show The Outer Limits (1963). Episodes often have twist-endings and involve aliens. Sometimes, a story from one episode continues in a later episode.
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
Since the show was cancelled rather suddenly, viewers never learned Barnabas' fate. Since the vampire curse was already lifted by Angelique during the series, according to the writers on a special dvd narration: Barnabas eventually married Dr. Julia Hoffman, and they vacationed in Europe where she would eventually discover a cure for others afflicted with vampirism. Chris Jennings and Sabrina left Collinspirt and during one of his transformations into a warewolf, he killed Sabrina, then discovering what he had done, killed himself. Maggie and Joe eventually regained physical and mental health at Windcliff and were married. Carolyn never remarried after Jeb Hawkes (during the series) and was teaching Occult Studies at a university. In the audio CD continuation they take up the story as Quentin returns to Collinwood for the reading of Elizabeth's will. Half of the family business is to be shared by Carolyn and David (who was now married and was on a research project in Egypt). Victoria Winters is revealed to be Elizabeth's daughter, and is to get the house known as Seaview that she and Burke Devlin were going to buy before he was killed years earlier. Willie married and inherited the Old House which he then made modern improvements. Maggie and Quintin were a couple, and Carolyn and Ned Stewart were newlyweds. Angelique was back stirring up trouble by controlling Carolyn through an oil painting Carolyn was painting. There are more continuations on Audio CDs. See more »
Jeremiah Collins's headstone is misspelled "Jerimiah Collins." See more »
I know what Barnabas Collins is!... Joe, we haven't got time to talk. We've got to escape. We've got out of this town!
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The series has so many memorable plot lines and had a superb cast that did a tremendous job on such a low budget. Re-takes were virtually non-existent so most of the bloopers were broadcast adding to the entertainment value of the series. The interplay between the actors was probably the best that I have ever seen in any television series. This series spawned two theatrical movies, a Broadway play and a revival series in 1991. Additionally, almost 29 years later conventions draw more fans than any other series ever made (except Star Trek) and having seen just about every episode I can understand why.
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