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This review is from: Dark Shadows: The Beginning, Vol. 5 (DVD)
Any discussion of Dark Shadows: the beginning vol. 5 must begin with Laura Collins. When Laura arrives in Collinwood it seems that her story will be a familiar one: An estranged spouse returns after a long absence to complicate the lives of her former family but, as we shall see, Laura is anything but ordinary.
No sooner does Laura begin to establish a relationship with her son, David; than the boy begins to have nightmares about his mother. The strangness of these nightmares is troubling to both Victoria and Elizabeth and they begin to doubt whether David should have anything to do with his mother.
Even more troubling is the news Roger Collins receives from the Phoenix Arizona police, a fire has occured at his wife's former apartment and a body discovered there is identified as that of Laura Collins!
By this time, Elizabeth has had enough and orders Laura out of Collinwood. After returning from this task Elizabeth suddenly becomes ill and cannot remember where she was or what just happened. After being confined to her bedroom, Elizabeth is visited by Laura and placed in a trance.
As the events of Vol. 5 move to a conclusion Dr. Peter Guthrie, a para-psychologist, is brought in to unravel the mystery of Elizabeth's illness. Dr. Guthrie believes Laura is a supernatural being whos designs on David are anything but motherly and sets out to prove his theory by opening the grave of an ancestor of Laura's that is buried in a local cemetary.
Fans will enjoy the suspence and mystery of these events as they progress and they will also enjoy Laura Collins herself, as well as Diana Millay the actress who plays her. Laura was Dark Shadows first great villian and Millay plays her with just enough malice to make her intimidating without being totaly unsympathetic.
As extras, Vol. 5 contains interviews with Diana Millay. Dark Shadows writer Ron Sproat, and horror expert Leonard Wolf.