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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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Ben Cross ...  Barnabas Collins 12 episodes, 1991
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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A wonderful retelling of the original show!
5 January 2006 | by fitpro5See all my reviews

I disagree with the poster above. I thought this revival was a wonderfully imaginative and compelling show. Quite familiar with the original series, I was a bit skeptical when this premiered as to what could they do and how they would update. This revival takes the original story of Barnabas Collins and company which took a year of the daytime show and compacts it into 12 episodes. I have also read the "Dark Shadows Companion" book that they put out when this show originally aired and they were basically using the first season as a springboard to get into different stories. What I liked about this version is that they took the familiar story but added twists and turns not in the original to keep it fresh. Both purists of the original show and new fans will find this very faithful, right down to the creepy original music that Bob Cobert used on the daytime show. I gave the VHS set to a young friend of mine awhile ago and he immediately was captivated as well and he became interested in the original series, which is quite easy to get on DVD. The casting was remarkable because each actor put a great new spin on the material. I also liked the fact that they rolled in other plots from the daytime show to fit into the main plot of Barnabas, Victoria and Dr. Hoffman. I never thought they could replicate what everyone liked about the original series but they managed to do it. This is a great treat for new and old fans alike and a must for any serious collector. My only quibble with the DVD is that there are no extras and that they did not restore the original print, using what looks like an inferior transfer copy from VHS. Not to be missed for the standout performances of Ben Cross, Jim Fife, Joanna Going, Jean Simmons and Barbara Steele.

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