The Vampire’s Match: The Possession of Maggie Evans

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In The Dark Shadows Companion, Lara Parker (Angelique) remembers her first day on the show. One of the show’s blossoming new stars, Kathryn Leigh Scott (who played Barnabas Collins’ first obsession Maggie Evans and her historical doppleganger Josette Du Pres) reassured Parker, saying ‘You won’t get to perfect your art on this show, but you […]

Dark Shadows: Pursuing and Protecting the Family Jewels

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Anyone who has seen Tim Burton’s 2012 version of Dark Shadows will have noticed that it seems to deploy humor over horror. As a fan of the classic DS, I cringed when I first saw the trailers. And yet, while at first I was highly skeptical about this move – maybe even a little heartbroken […]

Signed Fatally Yours: Barnabas-Josette-Angelique

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As soap operas go, we can expect to see a super couple emerge or a couple with “Romeo and Juliet” syndrome who are doomed to be apart…you know, that old chestnut. With Dark Shadows we have that and more in the form of Barnabas and Josette. These lovers were happy until the day love spurned […]

Life After Collinwood

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Actors all dream of making it big in their chosen media, be it small screen or big screen. Dark Shadows sparked or elevated the careers of the actors on this cult series. Success for Kate Jackson was explosive. Her appearance as Quentin’s love Daphne Harridge on Dark Shadows, introduced us to this young beauty. As […]

Identifying with David Collins

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During the time of the original run of Dark Shadows, I was about the age of one of its characters, David Collins.  From what I remember about other soap operas over the years, there are usually children in the cast.  But I’m not sure there have been children as important to plots and storylines as […]

Windows of Dark Shadows

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Windows play an important role on Dark Shadows. The series’ opening scene, the scene literally first dreamt by producer Dan Curtis, shows new governess Victoria Winters sitting by a train window. When she looks out, we see only her phantom reflection floating in the darkness, and then the moon’s mysterious half-light. Together, the two images […]

Why We Relate To The Collins Family

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Every family has a blacksheep in it, a kooky aunt, crazy cousin or slacker brother. The Collins family of Collinsport, Main are no exception. The quintessential dysfunctional family, part of the allure to this Dark Shadows clan, is that fans can relate to the dynamics and undercurrents of their relationships. Consider Elizabeth Collins Stoddard and […]

A Special 2013 Christmas Episode

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What if you were given the opportunity to travel back in time, write your own Dark Shadows Christmas episode and all cast and crew were asked to commit to the moment? What have you always wanted to see in a scene? Or perhaps it’s not a what but a who? What if you could have […]

What Makes Dark Shadows of the 70′s THE Dark Shadows

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Dark Shadows originally aired June 27, 1966, to April 2, 1971. Initially the director tried to experiment with gothic elements but stopped short of introducing supernatural characters. The problem was, the goth look without the powers can be likened to a gun without any bullets. Inevitably, a year after its first episode aired, the character, […]

Dark Shadows – What Makes Collinsport Spooky?

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It might be the year or the theme or the actors themselves – but there’s no question that the Dark Shadows TV series was one of the spookiest to be aired during the 70’s. The show is set in a fictional town called Collinsport with the story revolving around the high-living Collins family. The Dark […]