Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Dark Shadows: The Haunting of Collinwood, Part 1

I know I've watched these episodes before, when SciFi Channel was broadcasting the original Dark Shadows series several years ago, but I don't remember the details. The biggest detail was just how darn scary it is! Having the episodes run concurrently with no breaks concentrating on one storyline makes it even more scary and absolutely riveting.

The DVD is a compilation of a sequence of episodes focusing on Quentin Collins (David Selby) as a ghost in the closed off west wing of Collinwood. He's a dark evil spirit (wearing cool guyliner like Barnabus) who gains the trust of David Collins (David Henesy) and Amy Jennings (Denise Nickerson) in order to have them do his dark bidding. When they finally realize their ghost friend is really an evil spirit after he has them try to kill Roger Collins (Louis Edmonds), it's too late for them to escape his control for fear of Quentin's promise of revenge by either hurting them or their loved ones. Quentin has already caused the death of the medium, Mrs. Findlay, whom Professor Stokes (Thayer David) brought into the house to investigate what Mrs.Stoddard (Joan Bennett) has told him are strange occurrences since a recent seance was held in the house. So they already know that Quentin will stop at nothing to remain undiscovered.

In an attempt to try to reason with Quentin, David has escaped from restriction to his room and gone to Quentin's room in the west wing. Maggie (Kathryn Leigh Scott) has secretly followed David and, before I hit pause, has found the storage room and is calling for David who has made his way into Quentin's room. I fear that nothing good is going to happen to Maggie!

I hope it doesn't give me nightmares!

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