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So, you’re curious about Dark Shadows, but a little pressed for time. The tv show is over a thousand episodes, and that’s not even including the time it takes to track them all down! One place you might want to start is the movie House of Dark Shadows, which is finally on DVD. It’s a condensation of the early Barnabas storyline- or at least, of how it might have gotten if they’d kept him a villain.
That said, a major complaint I’ve heard about this movie is that they assume you already know who everyone is, and that non-fans will quickly find themselves lost amid characters. With that in mind, here is a guide for movie viewers as to just who the heck everyone is, and why they’re all staying in that big old house:
Maggie Evans: In gothic heroine tradition, she is the live-in governess at the Collins household. She is a composite of two characters from the show- Maggie and Victoria Winters- both of whom are very nice people in a sea of unhealthy family relations.
Jeff Clark: Her boyfriend. He is totally not a reincarnated time traveller.
Willie Loomis: A greedy young handyman, prone to bad friendships and hitting on girls who don’t like him. All of what happens is his fault.
David Collins: The troubled child Maggie has come to take care of, he spends all his time running away and playing where he isn’t supposed to.
Roger Collins: His father, a cranky businessman with a love of brandy. He would like to be a good father, but is too stuffy to really connect with his son.
Elizabeth Collins Stoddard: His sister, and owner of the house everyone lives in. She has a dark history and doesn’t like leaving the grounds, but is probably the nicest Collins.
Carolyn Stoddard: Her daughter, a mod young lady with terrible taste in men. She also has a boyfriend, but I forget his name because he wasn’t on the show.
Professor Elliot Stokes and Dr. Julia Hoffman: The family’s academic friends. They have degrees in pretty much everything, and hang around because the Collins’s are weirdness magnets and always give them something to study.
Barnabas Collins, of course, will introduce himself…
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