My name is Victoria Winters. My journey is just beginning. A journey that I am hoping will somehow begin to reveal the mysteries of my past. It is a journey that will bring me to a strange and dark place… to a house high atop a stormy cliff at the edge of the sea… to a house called Collinwood. To a world I’ve never known, with people I’ve never met… people who tonight are still only vague shadows in my mind, but who will soon fill all the days and nights of my tomorrows. – Victoria Winters, Dark Shadows – Episode #1
This site is devoted to Dark Shadows, a critically acclaimed 1991 Gothic TV mini-series produced by MGM Television. It revolves around the story of Victoria Winters – a young governess who travels to an isolated mansion in Maine where she finds herself drawn into the world of an eccentric family plagued by supernatural events, and Barnabas Collins – a member of that family with a centuries old secret.
Based on the groundbreaking 1960’s soap opera of the same name, the 1991 revival is a lavish, big budget serial combining gothic romance and stylistic horror. The show featured a shining ensemble cast including Ben Cross, Joanna Going, Barbara Steele, Jean Simmons, Roy Thinnes, Michael T. Weiss, Lysette Anthony and Joseph Gordon-Levitt among others.
Although it was a huge hit at introduction (watched by almost 1 in 4 households according to official ratings during that time period), an untimely international incident would inflict a fatal wound to the show. The onset of the Gulf War caused NBC to continually pre-empt or reschedule the early episodes resulting in viewer confusion and a loss of momentum. In the end, despite receiving over 50,000 fan letters in protest, NBC canceled the series after only 12 episodes. Since that time it has become a cult favorite, developing a small but extremely devoted following.