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Dark Shadows 

Victoria Winters comes to Collinwood, an isolated mansion in Maine, to work as a governess, but soon finds herself drawn into a strange world of vampires, ghosts and curses.


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Barbara Blackburn Barbara Blackburn ...  Carolyn Stoddard / ... 12 episodes, 1991
Jim Fyfe ...  Willie Loomis / ... 12 episodes, 1991
Joanna Going ...  Victoria Winters / ... 12 episodes, 1991
Joseph Gordon-Levitt ...  David Collins / ... 12 episodes, 1991
Veronica Lauren ...  Sarah Collins 12 episodes, 1991
Ely Pouget ...  Maggie Evans 12 episodes, 1991
Barbara Steele ...  Dr. Julia Hoffman / ... 12 episodes, 1991
Roy Thinnes ...  Roger Collins / ... 12 episodes, 1991
Jean Simmons ...  Elizabeth Collins Stoddard / ... 12 episodes, 1991
Julianna McCarthy Julianna McCarthy ...  Mrs. Johnson / ... 12 episodes, 1991
Michael T. Weiss ...  Joe Haskell / ... 11 episodes, 1991
Michael Cavanaugh ...  Sheriff George Patterson / ... 11 episodes, 1991
Stefan Gierasch ...  Joshua Collins / ... 10 episodes, 1991
Lysette Anthony ...  Angelíque / ... 8 episodes, 1991
Eddie Jones ...  Bailiff Henry Evans / ... 6 episodes, 1991
Ellen Wheeler Ellen Wheeler ...  Phyllis Wicke 5 episodes, 1991


Victoria Winters comes to Collinwood, an isolated mansion in coastal Maine, to work as a governess, but soon finds herself drawn into a strange, Gothic world of vampires, ghosts and a family curse that dates back centuries. Written by Marg Baskin <marg@asd.raytheon.ca>

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Release Date:

13 January 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dark Shadows Revival See more »

Filming Locations:

Beverly Hills, California, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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VHS editions that were released in the 1990s had an extended pilot episode and extended final episode. The U.S. DVD set are the aired versions. See more »

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Video has 15 more minutes footage than television version. See more »


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Good News/Bad News
4 April 2005 | by grayarcadianSee all my reviews

Bad News: For all of you who ran home after school to watch Dark Shadows when it was on TV, this show will be a review. There wasn't a chance for this generation of Dark Shadows to catch up. They also cast a cast of very different actors with some different styles to play the roles you love so much, so this is going to seem like an odd dream to you folks. Depending on you tolerance level for tinkering with classics, it might not be a wholly pleasant dream either. Here's the final checkpoint for you: Go look up a picture of Ben Cross and his IMDb record. If you can watch him play Barnabas, you are good to go and you will have a lot of fun. If there is but one Barnabas in your heart, then there's nothing worth seeing here.

Good News: For those of us whose vampire education starts with "The Lost Boys," (or even post-Lost Boys) please introduce yourself to the intense Daddy of Nick Knight and direct descendant of Dracula, Barnabas Collins. He's the centerpiece character of one of the top five most Gothic-minded shows in history.

It's a soap opera the same way the Addam's Family is a sitcom. You thought you'd hate them all and then this. In addition to the scheming for the Collins fortune, the love/lust triangles, the kidnapping, and that sort of regular soap fair, it also features time travel, ghosts, demons, witchcraft, REALLY old family vendettas, and, of course, someone trying to keep his vampirism under wraps. The original series was a once a day affair. The '90's version was a once a week affair that also felt the need (and I think rightly so) to do a little audience catch up. Overall, the effects are better than the original (considering the time and budget, go figure) and with a lot of love. I personally like the casting more than on the original, but this is one of those fan debates. Everything here is presented smoothly and more than competently.

In short - you loved the Hammer films, you want a solid history of modern Gothic culture, or if you do anything with a group called "The Camerilla," you cannot afford to skip knowing about this show. The '90's series is a better than average way to experience the pacing, moodiness, and general feel of the long running Dark Shadows serial. If you want to get more in-depth, then go and find the '60's series.

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