Grayson Hall


Gordon Russell


John Sedwick


May 2, 1968


April 26, 1968


Complete: Disc 52
Collection 7: Disc 4

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Dr. Lang experiences the dream curse, at its climax he sees his headless creation laughing at him.

Synopsis Edit


From inside the great house of Collinwood, the curse of a witch reaches out into the night. At the Old House, Barnabas Collins knows that he is the intended victim, and unless his plans for escape are carried out soon, he will again be a member of the living dead.

Willie Loomis tries to sneak back inside the Old House, but is caught by Barnabas. Barnabas tells him he is going to send him back to Windcliff, where he will spend the rest of his life.

Act I

Willie begs not to be sent back, and Barnabas says he will give him one more chance. He explains to Willie that there is a doctor who needs an assistant for an operation. Julia Hoffman, who had just entered the house, overhears this, and realizes that is the real reason Barnabas wanted Willie released. Julia believes it is a bad idea for Willie to assist Dr. Eric Lang, as he is too uncontrollable, as evidenced by the fact he went to see Maggie Evans.

Act II

Eric stops by the Old House, and Julia tries to convince him not to use Willie as an assistant. Eric suggests instead that Julia could assist, but she refuses to have anything to do with the operation. Eric says he will try to find another assistant, but he tells Julia that assistant or no, he will go through with the experiment tomorrow.


At the Evans cottage, Jeff Clark can't stop thinking about the dream. Eric knocks at the door and tells Jeff he needs his help with the experiment. Jeff feels compelled to tell him about the dream. After telling Eric the dream, he feels a relief. He realizes that he was meant to tell Eric specifically about the dream, just as Maggie told him about her dream.

Act IV

That evening, Eric is reading in his study when he falls asleep. He starts to have the dream. Like the other dreams, it starts with three knocks. This time it is Julia who is the beckoner. Julia leads him to another door, which she opens, and Eric reluctantly enters, while Julia shuts and locks the door behind him. Eric then hears Julia's voice repeating the verse Maggie and Jeff heard. Through the smoke, Eric sees a line of doors. He opens the first, and sees the glowing skull. He opens the second door, and the guillotine blade falls. He then opens a third door, and is confronted by a headless body reaching its arms out to him. At this point, he awakens.

Memorable quotes Edit

Julia: Through sight and sound and faceless terror, through endless corridors by trial and error, ahead a blazing light does burn, and one door leads to the point of return.

Dramatis personae Edit

Background information and notes Edit

Production Edit

Story Edit

Bloopers and continuity errors Edit

  • The camera is aimed too high, and reveals a studio light.
  • Offstage coughing can be heard in Act I.
  • A boom microphone and shadow appears as Julia enters the Old House parlor.
  • Grayson Hall bobbles her line - "Willie doesn’t know the first thing about a mental — medical laboratory.”
  • It appears the smoke machines are putting out too much smoke during the dream sequence, at one point totally obscuring everything.
  • The Closing Credits only show Cast Members and no Dan Crutis Productions tag, it just Fades to Black after Roger Davis is credit.

External Links Edit

Dark Shadows - Episode 484 on the IMDb

Dark Shadows Everyday - Episode 484 - Chekhov's Gun

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