Casting Shadows

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The audience didn’t receive Dark Shadows too well when it began airing – it was just another soap-opera, with a so-and-so plot, which differentiated itself from others just by having a gothic feel. Unsurprisingly, for the series to find success, something needed to be done. And thus Barnabas Collins entered the scene, bringing with him […]

Introducing The Supernatural

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Not at all a total success from the very beginning, Dark Shadows originally aired for just 5 years – but because it had one episode on each weekday, it had managed to amass 1,225 episodes, which makes it one of the longest television shows (it has even more episodes than the entire Doctor Who series). […]

Barnabas – The Romantic Vampire

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There was a time when vampires were creatures of darkness, always craving for blood, always feared, always up to no good. They were tragic figures, most of the times, but this didn’t mean anything when they were out on the prowl. They obtained whatever they wanted (it doesn’t matter if it was revenge or the […]

Dark Shadows: The Gothic Soap-Opera

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It is a common knowledge nowadays that a successful TV series needs to have various arcs which span over several episodes, as many subplots as possible and good character development. And, as much as some hate to admit it, this is also the line followed by many soap-operas. While the term soap-opera is usually used […]

Enter the Werewolf: New Monster, Same Story?

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In November, 1968, several story lines were winding down on Dark Shadows. Man-made creature Adam killed his mate, Eve, in episode 626.  After a failed attempt to return her to life in episode 633, he wandered off into the woods for the final time.  (He was last mentioned in episode 637.)  Sorcerer Nicholas Blair was […]

The Continuity of Time Travel

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When Dark Shadows first aired in the mid-to-late 1960′s, it’s doubtful the cast and crew envisioned a day when the episodes they produced would be watched and re-watched under the intense scrutiny of its fans.  On one hand, since individual episodes would probably be seen only once, there was no long term need to pay […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]