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2. Phantom Melodies - the Scarlet Bride

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Reviewed By: StonedGorgonReview Date: 2/14/18 7:59 am
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A beautiful, well-crafted story that uses the gothic heritage of Dark Shadows to full effect. The letter format used is perfect for the narrative style these special releases have chosen to use. It all starts with Barnabas reading letters from a young bride named Agnes. Agnes writes to her ailing mother about her upcoming wedding. She describes the family that she is marrying into: her fiancé Simon, his two brothers (Bob & Matthew), and her future mother-in-law (Frederica Heindel) who is sending out Agnes' letters for her. With each of the bride's letters, she describes dreams about an emaciated man scratching at her window attempting to break in. Those that are familiar with Barnabas Collins and his affliction know what kind of danger she is in, but everything is turned on it's head in the final act of this story.

Andrew Collins is in fine form as Barnabas and his reading is tense, gothic and enthralling. If nothing else, it's worth buying this audio for this single story alone.
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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.