Revisiting the Classics: REBECCA
Have you heard about this one? I’m betting lots of you have. It’s the only Alfred Hitchcock film to ever win an Oscar for Best Picture. Some of you may even have seen it, and of that “some” there might be a few who are saying to themselves right now, “But that doesn’t have a vampire in it. It doesn’t even have a REAL ghost in it!” And that small percentage of “some” would be right. But there are reasons to watch 1940s REBECCA other than the fact that it is an excellent movie, beautifully filmed, and featuring magnificent performances. Those who want to search for vampires and ghosts won’t find them–but they will find a few things most familiar to the, especially of they are DARK SHADOWS fans.
The “parallel time” storyline where Katheryn Leigh Scott is the new wife of Quentin Collins, moving into Collinwood and having to deal with the hostility of the servants who remain dedicated, obsessively dedicated, in the case of Grayson Hall’s character, to the former, now deceased mistress of the manor, played by Lara Parker–that storyline is the plot of REBECCA. And the mysterious, rambling, magnificent but spooky house of Manderley which features so prominently in the film has its dark reflections in DS’s great house of Collinwood. In short, if you’re a DS fan, you’ll dig on REBECCA.