Dark Shadows: The Beginning
MPI presents the spooky series‘ rare, early episodes before the arrival of Barnabas. Victoria Winters’ mysterious journey begins as her train arrives in Collinsport, a small and stormy fishing village on the coast of Maine. An orphan in search of her identity, Victoria is befriended by a stranger named Burke Devlin. At the eerie Collinwood mansion, Victoria meets reclusive matriarch Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, her aloof brother Roger Collins, his troubled ten-year-old son David, and Elizabeth’s rebellious teenage daughter Carolyn.
Collins fishing fleet manager Bill Malloy informs Elizabeth that Burke wants to take everything the Collinses own as revenge for being sent to prison. Collinsport Inn waitress Maggie Evans tells her father Sam that she wants an end to the secret conflict between him, Roger and Burke. David warns Victoria that she will regret she came to live at Collinwood and be his governess.
The caretaker at Eagle Hill Cemetery forbids the opening of Laura’s coffin.
Dr. Guthrie, Joe Haskell and Frank Garner discover the cemetery records are faded.
An old newspaper clipping tells of a boy named David who was consumed in flames.
David decides he wants to go away from Collinwood to live with his mother.
When Laura refuses to put out the fire in her fireplace, Dr. Guthrie makes a discovery.
David receives a warning from the ghost of Josette to save Dr. Guthrie.
Guthrie plans another seance at the Old House and Laura places a spell on him.
During the séance, the spirit of David Radcliffe speaks through David Collins.
Victoria learns that Laura Radcliffe died exactly one hundred years ago.
Laura tells David to be ready to go away with her. Victoria keeps watch over David.
While Mrs. Johnson looks after David, he slips out of the house when she receives a phone call.
Laura secretly meets David at an abandoned fishing shack, which is soon engulfed by fire.
Victoria attempts to save David. In the hospital, Elizabeth starts to come out of her trance.
Elizabeth has recovered from her attack. Roger tries to comfort David.
An art dealer asks to buy Sam’s older paintings. Sam tries to get them back from Roger.
Elizabeth returns and demands the key to the locked room in the Collinwood basement.
Victoria makes a promise to Elizabeth. A stranger arrives at Collinwood and asks for Elizabeth.
Elizabeth reveals that the visitor, Jason McGuire, was a friend of her husband, Paul Stoddard.
While searching for Sam’s paintings, Roger finds Jason snooping around in the basement.
Maggie realizes Sam sold his paintings to Roger for a bribe during Burke’s manslaughter case.
Drifter Willie Loomis meets his friend Jason at the Blue Whale. Sam makes a confession.
Jason reminds Elizabeth of the secret they share. Burke and Sam confront Roger at Collinwood.
Roger admits that he was driving the car that killed a man and sent Burke to prison ten years ago.
Willie picks a fight with Joe at the Blue Whale. Willie joins Jason as an unwelcome house guest.