The two-hour play became a crowd-pleaser, resolving mysteries established in the series and updating the lives of popular characters--including some not featured in the current story (such as Barnabas, Julia, and Joe). The next day, the cast reassembled in a Manhattan recording studio to record the play for release on CD.
The one-hour forty-six minute 2-disc audio drama is currently available through MPI Home Video.
Plot EditFollowing the passing of matriarch Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, family and close friends gather at the great estate of Collinwood for a seance to contact her spirit. The wandering Quentin Collins returns from South America after an unsuccessful search for the clan's youngest heir, David Collins. As mysteries surrounding the Collins family unfold, including the reading of Elizabeth's will, the future of Collinwood is threatened with the unexpected arrival of Cassandra Collins. Alias Angelique, the immortal witch, Cassandra shares a secret with Quentin about each other's dark, supernatural pasts. Quentin's girlfriend, Maggie, finds herself looking for answers to the strange and frightening events unravelling around her.
Memorable Quotes Edit
Quentin Collins: A séance is a doorway. Some are best left locked shut.
Willie Loomis: Why does it always have to be a graveyard?!
Ned Stuart: Try not to scream in your sleep.
Carolyn Stoddard (reading her mother's will): Find Vicki, and bring her home.
Dramatis Personae Edit
- David Selby as Quentin Collins
- Kathryn Leigh Scott as Maggie Evans Haskell
- Nancy Barrett as Carolyn Stoddard Hawkes Stuart
- John Karlen as Willie Loomis
- Lara Parker as Angelique
- Roger Davis as Ned Stuart
- Terry Crawford as Violet Chavez Collins
- Chris Pennock as Sebastian Shaw
- James Storm as Dr. Robert Harper
- Marie Wallace as Jessica Loomis
- Donna Wandrey as Mrs. Franklin
Background Information and Notes Edit
- Due to an argument with Roger Collins, David Collins has not set foot in Collinwood in over ten years, even missing his father's funeral. This suggests that Roger died during the 1990s.
- In a nod to Night of Dark Shadows, Carolyn has taken to painting in the Tower room. Also, the character of Mrs. Franklin seems to have been inspired by Carlotta Drake (a character from that film).
- Joe Haskell regained his sanity and married Maggie, but died ten years prior to Return to Collinwood (i.e., in about 1993).
- Although history was successfully changed in the final TV storyline featuring the present-day characters, the events which sent Maggie to Windcliff Sanitarium still occurred.
- Barnabas Collins and Julia Hoffman are said to be on a spiritual retreat in the mountains of Hong Kong. Presumably the pair are making sure to stay as far away from Collinwood as possible to prevent any chance of Angelique's curse on Barnabas being reactivated (one of its specifics being that he would harm his loved ones).
- David Collins is said to be an archaeologist working in Peru - a nod to actor David Henesy, who currently lives in South America.
- During the reading of Elizabeth Collins Stoddard's will, the mystery surrounding Victoria Winters (which was never revealed in the TV series) is finally resolved. Carolyn learns that her mother had a child out of wedlock; Victoria is actually Carolyn's older sister. In the late 1960s, Victoria was transported into the past and has not been seen since. In the will, Elizabeth implores Carolyn to find Victoria and bring her home. Victoria's biological father is not identified, however.