Dark Shadows

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In 1966, the gothic soap opera Dark Shadows premiered on ABC and ran for 5 years, making exactly 1,225 episodes. Today, it is known as one of the most popular cult classics of all time. In 1991, Dan Curtis remade the show as a weekly prime-time drama. NBC bought the series and aired it mid-season 1991. The series wasn't up to NBC's standards in ratings, so the network cancelled the show after only twelve one-hour episodes.

Dark Shadows: The Revival Series remade most of the beginning storylines and the episodes that transported Victoria Winters back to 1790 (in the original series, Victoria went back to 1795). The series starts with the resurrection of Barnabas Collins, who was released from his coffin by Willie Loomis, the bumbling caretaker on a quest for legendary family riches. Dr. Julia Hoffman attempts to cure his vampirism, and release him from the curse that Angelique Bouchard put on him two hundred years earlier. Later on, Victoria is transported to 1790 during a séance in which the Collins family was trying to contact Barnabas' sister, Sarah, who died in 1790. Trapped in the past, Victoria becomes the governess of Sarah and Daniel Collins, and the governess who was hired to tutor the children, Phyllis Wick, has taken Victoria's place in 1991. Victoria stays in 1790 for a while, and many people accuse her of being a witch for knowledge of the future and many other things. She is put on trial and Peter Bradford (her first friend in 1790 Collinsport) tries to save her from being hanged.moreless
  • WHEN THE DAYS GET SHORTER AND THE NIGHTS GET LONG, WHAT COULD BE BETTER THAN CURLING UP ON YOUR COUCH WITH SOME FRESH POPCORN AND A SEASON OR TWO OF YOUR FAVORITE TV SHOWS?

    October 18, 2005 DVD releases

  • Steve Fletcher

    Steve Fletcher

    Deputy Jonathan Harker

    Michael T. Weiss

    Michael T. Weiss

    Joe Haskell/Peter Bradford

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt

    David Collins/Daniel Collins

    Michael Cavanaugh

    Michael Cavanaugh

    Sheriff George Patterson/André du Prés

    Barbara Steele

    Barbara Steele

    Julia Hoffman/Natalie du Pré s

    Eddie Jones

    Eddie Jones

    Sam Evans/Bailiff Henry Evans

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    • my dark shadows dvds

      10
      Dark shadows would bethe only best American Gothic suspense classic, of all time. Barnabas Collins is really the best. It's a good thing it's available on video and DVD now. I purchased a copy from www. memorylanedvd .com. It arrived with good packaging and the quality of the whole set is simply in its supreme. This company really provided me an awesome set with the complete episodes including "The Beginning" episodes! Dark shadows will always be remembered and it simply rule in everyone's heart a true classic and legendary TV series ever made!moreless
    • first last best

      9.0
      before its time
    • Dark Shadows (1991) was an updated version of the old gothic classic. This was a weekly series with a bigger budget.

      9.0
      I remember being fired up about this remake because I loved the original series. The remake had a terrific cast and since it was a weekly series it did move at a quick pace. This show had tremendous potential and actually originally had good ratings but required a big budget and coverage of the Persian Gulf war (which obviously did and shook take precedence) ruined the series because many viewers simply didn't know about it. It could have and should have had a good run. Ben Cross is a terrific actor as was the remainder of the cast. The Chiller Channel occasionally will have a marathon of the 12 episodes of this show.moreless
    • It wasn't as good as the original, but still not too bad.

      6.5
      Ben Cross was slightly lacking in his Barnabas, but he did get better as the series progressed; who knows where he would have been had the series continued.

      I do not remember Angelique being quite so...French in the origial, but Lysette Anthony did a respectable job.

      Carolyn was not quite as much of a... what's the word that I'm looking for? spoiled brat (to put it nicely).

      I loved Michael T. Weiss in this, he is a really underappreciated actor.

      Jean Simmons was brilliant as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard.

      I wish we'd gotten to see more of Josef Gordon-Levitt as David.

      I don't remember an affair between Maggie Evans and Roger Collins.moreless
    • One of my favorite shows

      10
      I was a teenager when the show was on and knew nothing of the original and let me just say, I LOVED this show. It might be what got me started on my fondness for this genre. The vampires, witches, flashbacks, the love story! I was completely engrossed in this show, would wait for it anxiously every week, and would be sad when the hour was up. When the season ended, with so many things left unresolved it made me anxious for its return. I did not like it one bit when NBC cancelled the show. So many questions left un-answered. It would have been nice if they had done a TV movie on it to tie up the loose ends. But we'll never know what happened.moreless
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    Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Suspense

    Themes

    Fairy Tales & Fables, supernatural forces, Fairy Tales & Fables, Cult, Mythology