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Collinsport, ME - The setting for the occult daytime soap opera DARK SHADOWS/ABC/1966-1971 and the short-lived primetime remake DARK SHADOWS/NBC/1991.

Collinwood Mansion - DARK SHADOWS

Coillinsport was the home of Collinwood, the eerie haunted mansion whose primary inhabitant was Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid), a 200-year-old vampire who was cursed by the evil witch Angelique when he spurned her advances of love.

The exterior shots of Collinwood were based on The Carey Mansion  in Newport County, Rhode Island. Interior shots were photographed in a Manhattan studio. The mansion was also featured in the 1970 movie House of Dark Shadows.

On the revival series DARK SHADOWS/ABC/1991 actor Ben Cross took over the role of the reluctant bloodsucker, Barnabas Collins. The show's new prime time budget enabled Dan Curtis, the original producer of the series to create a moodier, sexier and more violent show with elaborate sets and special effects.

Most of the new series was shot at Greystone Mansion, a 55-room home built in 1927-28 by oil baron Edward Doheny (now owned by the City of Beverly Hills) located at 905 Loma Vista Drive, north of Sunset Boulevard.

You may have seen the home in the motion picture The Witches of Eastwick (1987); the TV miniseries WINDS OF WAR/ABC/1983 and WAR AND REMEMBRANCE/ABC/1988; and the TV program MURDER, SHE WROTE/CBS/1984-96.


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