1. Home Sweet Home
Longtime Dark Shadows fans won't have missed the influence of original Collinwood location Seaview Terrace on the design of the big screen mansion. The new Collinwood combines elements of both the front and back views of the television location, including subtle architectural details such as the three diagonally-placed windows on the tower, and the distinctive curved windows on the first floor.
One of the most elaborate sets built for the film is the downtown Collinsport street, constructed on the backlot of Pinewood Studios. Among the local businesses on display are a Shell gas station, Larry's Pizza, and a cinema showing A Clockwock Orange and Deliverance. The latter was released at the end of July 1972 and tells the fish-out-of-water tale of four businessmen adrift in a rural setting – doubtless Johnny Depp's Barnabas would sympathise with their dilemma. And on the right hand corner is a sign reading "Bar". Could this be the Blue Whale?
Barnabas rising vertically from his coffin is a visual nod to the granddaddy of vampire films – the classic 1922 German silent masterpiece Nosferatu. The square casket, with its sloping lid also bears a subtle resemblance to the distinctive coffin Barnabas slept in on the original series.
Eagle-eyed viewers will have noticed that Elizabeth's morning journal of choice is still the trusty Collinsport Star, the local newspaper that appeared throughout the original show. And for those yearning for breakfast foods of yesteryear, Mrs. Johnson has some Chex cereal and a bottle of Mrs. Butterworth's syrup on offer.
4. Breakfast Time
When the Collins family arrive to open their cannery, we get a glimpse of Angelique's rival operation, Angel Bay Seafood in the background, with the factory decked out in her signature red colour. The logo can also be seen, featuring a flip-haired caricature of Angelique with angel wings. The factory interior seen is also from Angel Bay, with the signage on display and her red convertible tucked away in the background.
In a real blink-and-you'll-miss it moment, cameoing rocker Alice Cooper can be seen in the centre of the frame, performing at the Collinwood party. Dark Shadows viewers may also notice the carved figures either side of him, which are reminiscent of those on the grandfather clock that stood in the foyer on the original 1960s set.
7. Portrait of a Lady
7. Portrait of a Lady