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2. Phantom Melodies - the Scarlet Bride

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Reviewed By: thisoldcanReview Date: 3/7/17 11:57 pm
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In the second story of Phantom Melodies, Barnabas Collins (Andrew Collins) is going over old letters written by a woman who he once had a tragic run-in with, Agnes. This woman is plagued by nightmares of a man with grotesque features and glowing eyes; but soon, her dreams will become a reality. Andrew Collins (with just the most perfect last name) has always been superb as Barnabas Collins, a role once inhabited by Jonathan Frid. He always gives stellar performances, and has just a fantastic, semi-hypnotic quality to his voice that makes him absolutely perfect as the vampire Barnabas. This story, he is on top form, like always, delivering a powerful, dark performance, especially when describing his savagery on the fateful night he finally met Agnes. Similarly, Ian Atkins delivered a brilliant, dark script. Dark Shadows is at its best when it’s playing to the gothic horror element of the show, so anytime a writer delivers a dark story, my interest is picqued. Here, Atkins delivers a dark, tragic story of an engagement gone horribly wrong. I quite liked the fake outs with the “other woman” for Agnes’ husband-to-be, though I disliked how the fact that her future mother-in-law’s possession of her letters to her own mother were never explained. Overall though, I quite liked The Scarlet Bride, with a strong performance by Andrew Collins and a strong script by Ian Atkins, making for an extremely enjoyable, dark release.
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