If you have ever watched BBC classic ‘Ghostwatch’, you will enjoy a little taste of the thrill of live broadcasts when anything that can go wrong does. This is what you get for sending the team of a spook-hunting show to Collinsport, the most haunted town ever. It was forty years ago today…
Recently found footage is now being aired of an outside Halloween broadcast that went rather spectacularly wrong. The two leads are in-the-studio in the UK, Kate Ripperton (Asta Parry) and out in Collinsport, Maine graveyard Tom Lacey (Stephen Kelley) we also get cameo appearance from other members of the ‘Dark Shadows’ cast from the audio and original series, explaining the big cast list.
This is a tightly wound up piece which comes across excellently. Although it is a fiction, the development which follows others of its ilk in its structure is very creepy. ‘Beyond The Grave’ drops in hints of other stories in recently issued audios which you can follow up in ‘Beneath The Veil’, ‘House By The Sea’ and others, all set around the time of the live broadcast.
If you enjoy being creeped out, then this is great and although you can probably predict the ending, you will enjoy the build up and how it is woven into the other ‘Dark Shadows’ stories.
I absolutely loved it and if you haven’t discovered the Big Finish ‘Dark Shadows’ range, then this is a great place to leap in. Meet the folks, the drunken Carolyn Stoddard – the under-siege owner of the Blue Whale pub, Maggie Evans – once under the thrall of vampire Barnabas Collins and even Colin Baker as Gerald Conway, the hapless newcomer who took ‘The House By The Sea’. Welcome to Collinsport. We hope you enjoy your stay.
(pub: Big Finish. 1 CD 60 minute story. Price: CD: £ 9.99 (UK), Download: £ 7.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-1-78178-124-1)
cast: Kathryn Leigh Scott, Stephen Kelly, Asta Parry, Jonathon Marx, Nancy Barrett, Aaron Lamont, Stephanie Ellyne, Brigid Lohrey, Simon Kent, Christopher Ragland, Marie Wallace, Jack Chapman, Craig Daniel Adams, Jerry Lacy, Kymberly Ashman, Alan Flanagan, Evelyn Adams, James Unsworth, Jen Sowersby and Jade Sowersby
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