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NARRATOR: Collinwood before the turn of the century.

A time when the great house was caught up in events

more bizarre and evil than it has ever known.

On this night, a young man seeks safety in a deserted house.

While under a mysterious spell, he has committed murder.

Now a fugitive from justice,

he will soon discover that he is not the only victim

of the supernatural at Collinwood.



DIRK: What are you doing here?

Well, I was going to ask you the same question.

They sent you here to find me, didn't they?

Wh... Who are you talking about?

The Collinses, they've been looking for me

for several days.

Dirk, are you...

Are you all right?

Yes, I'm all right

but you shouldn't have come here.

TIM: Why not?

Because I'm hiding here

and I don't want anyone to find me.

You don't have to worry about me

I'm certainly not going to tell anyone.

Well, yes, I... I know you aren't.

'Cause you're not leaving.

Not leaving? What are you talking about?

You uh... You did notice this when you came in, didn't you?

I did, yes.

I thought it unusual to say the least

to find an empty coffin here.

Oh, it, ah, it's not empty during the day.

What's in it

during the day?

I am.


DIRK: That's right. [LAUGHS]

Dirk, if this is your idea of a joke, I'm not amused!

You're not going anywhere.

Now, listen, there's nothing you can do to keep me here.

You give me no choice.

Absolutely no choice.

Because I don't want anyone to know that I'm here

and you have to keep my secret...

What secret?

Oh, you're going to find out.


Soon enough.

What's the matter with you?

Have you gone mad?

What, what?





It will go easier on you Rachel,

if you bare your soul to me now.

Tell me everything in detail.

I tell you I don't know anything!

Rachel, I have just suffered a great loss

and I'm trying to control myself!

But you make it extremely difficult!

I can't tell you what I don't know!

Well, then let's go over what I know.

My poor wife is dead.


The result of a foul and hideous plot

concocted by you and Timothy Shaw.

But I had nothing to do with it!

With the actual murder itself, no.

But you knew about Tim's plan.

You gave him aid and comfort as you always do.

But that's a lie!

And you know where he's hiding now, don't you, Rachel?

No! No!

Don't lie to me you do know where he is.

No, I don't know.

And I wouldn't tell you if I did.

Rachel, would you prefer to be questioned by the police?

Yes, Reverend, I would.

Since I'm innocent, I have nothing to fear.

Rachel, you have always

occupied a very special place in my thoughts.

There is no one who would like

to believe in your innocence more than I.

For that reason I am going to give you a chance

to prove that innocence.

What would I have to do?

Nothing, except to

remain here in the school until further notice.

You're not to leave the building under any circumstances.

What would that prove?

That would prove your sincerity and loyalty.

If you were here in the school

there is not way you could aid Tim.

However, if you were to leave the school

I could only assume that it would be to contact him.

And I should have you arrested as an accomplice to murder.


You may go to your room now.

Reverend Trask, I just heard the dreadful news.

Is there anything I can do to help?

You must forgive me, Miss Collins.

Forgive you, for what?

If I appeared to be startled

at seeing you standing there, I...

I should have known that a woman

of your high character would respond to

another's grief.

I'm terribly sorry.

I didn't know your wife very well, of course, but...

Well, she was not an easy person to know, but,

she was a good woman and a devoted wife.

I felt that the first time I met her.

That's very kind of you, Miss Collins.

I'm sorry, I...

I try to be brave about this,

because I know it's what she would have wanted, but,

I find it so difficult.

Of course you do.

I understand perfectly.

She was my strength, you know.

My whole reason for being.

Her passing has left a void which

may be impossible to fill.

I'm sure that she would be the first one to tell you

that your life must go on.

You knew her better than you thought you did.

Yes, my life must go on.

But what of the school?

What will become of it without Minerva?

The school still has you.


No, dear lady, at best I am merely a competent administrator.

You are much more than that.

But Minerva,

Minerva was the driving force.

The lifeblood of this institution.

And without her, the future seems very bleak indeed.

With all due respect, I don't believe that.

I have faith in you

and the future of your school.

Miss Collins,

I am not deserving of such faith.

I think you are.

I thank the Almighty for giving me the privilege

of knowing you, Miss Collins.

Oh, Reverend Trask,

you should get some rest.

The ordeal is not over for you yet.

No, I cannot rest.

Not until Minerva's murderer has been brought to justice.

I was shocked when I heard it was Timothy Shaw.

Have the police found him yet?


We have only one possible clue

to his whereabouts, Rachel Drummond.


Yes, she and Tim have always been very close

and I have reason to believe that

she knows where he's hiding.

Unfortunately, I have been unable to get her cooperation.

JUDITH: Well, if you think it will help,

I'll be willing to talk to Rachel myself.

She might tell me, or at least give me a hint

of where Tim is.

Miss Collins, you are an extraordinary woman.

I believe that it may help for you to talk to Rachel.

She may feel less inhibited with a woman.

She's in her room, I'll go and get her.

Won't you please sit down?

JUDITH: Thank you.



Where is Rachel?

On her way to see Timothy Shaw I'm sure.

I've searched the entire building, she's not here.

Well, I would assume that next part of their plan

would be to get away from Collinsport

and out of the state.

But neither of them has any money.

They can't travel without it.

They're going to have to find someone to help them.

The question is, who?

Well, they don't know anyone outside Collinwood, do they?

No one with money.

Is there anyone inside Collinwood who

might be willing to help them?

One person comes to mind.


Cousin Barnabas.

He's very fond of Rachel,

if she needed help he'd be the first one she'd go to.

Of course!

She may very well be on her way there now.

Well, I'll get there before she does.

Miss Collins? What are you going to do?

Rachel is traveling on foot, I have a carriage.

I'll get to the old house first.

I'll tell cousin Barnabas what's happening.

When he is aware of the details,

he won't give any help to either Timothy or Rachel.

Get me Collinsport 7453, please.

Mr. Hanley, Reverend Trask here.

I just wanted you to know that everything is

going quite smoothly.

No, they haven't caught him yet but they will.

The powers that be are all on our side.

You rendered your services most efficiently.

I'm grateful.

It means you may be assured I will keep my end

of our little bargain.

Your secret vice

will remain a secret.


Cousin Barnabas?

Is anyone here?


Good evening, Miss Judith.

Where have you been?

We've been looking everywhere for you for the past two days.

Well, why are you looking for me?

You have some explaining to do.

I don't know why.

Don't you remember you dismissed me the other day, remember?

I don't care what I did.

While you're on this property you are accountable

for what you do, for your actions.

And your actions have been very peculiar lately.


JUDITH: Yes, I demand to know what you told Jamison

that's upset him so the other evening.

You don't know what I told Jamison?

JUDITH: I know it was some outrageous lie

about cousin Barnabas.

Mr. Edward wouldn't give us the details.

Oh, yes, Mr. Edward he,

he would spare you the gory details, wouldn't he?

JUDITH: Just what did you say to Jamison?

Well, now, I don't know if I should tell you

because it, it might damage

the Collinses good name.

Well, I know one thing.

You're not going to get another opportunity

to damage that good name!

I'm giving you exactly 24 hours to pack whatever you have

and get off this estate!

And if I don't leave in 24 hours?

I will have you forcibly pulled off by the police.

You know, I don't think you're going

to get a chance to do that.

JUDITH: What are you talking about?

You know, a lot of things have changed

in the last few days, Miss Judith!

And they're going to change even more in just a minute.

I haven't time to stand here and listen

to any more of your nonsense.

You'll listen!

How dare you!

Get out of my way.

Dirk, I'm ordering you to get out of my way!

You don't boss me around, not anymore.

Don't tell me what I can do and what I cannot do,

this my property and I'll do the ordering and you'll obey!

You're wrong.

You know, sometimes people change their roles in life.

And you have been a mistress so long,

that you don't know what it's like to be a servant.


Stay away from me.

But you and I are about to change roles.

Yes, yours and mine are about to change.

I am going to become the master

and you are going to become the servant.

Dirk, let me leave here!

I didn't mean what I said about the police.

You can have whatever time you need to get away from here.




Dirk, is that you?

Oh, Reverend Trask.

Miss Collins,

I decided to come and offer my assistance.

Are you all right?


Have you spoken to your cousin Barnabas?

He wasn't here when I arrived.

No one was here.

Miss Collins, something is wrong,

something's happened to you.


Yes, there's been complete change in you

since you left the school.



Please tell me what's happened.


I better get you back to Collinwood and summon a doctor.

Good Lord!

Take your hand down, Miss Collins!

No, please!

How did this happen?

Who did this to you?

I wanna go back to Collinwood.

Miss Collins, you must tell what happened!

Those marks are identical

to the ones I found on Charity's neck.


REVEREND: You must tell me how they were inflicted!


I can't tell you.

Why not?

Because, I'm afraid.

Afraid of him.


Who are you afraid of?

Miss Collins, you must tell me who is responsible for this.

My dear lady, I've already suffered one loss,

I don't want to lose you as well.

Lose me?

You have been a dear, good friend.

In many ways a benefactress.

You came to this house tonight on my behalf.

If any harm has come to you, I shall feel responsible.

Oh, but you mustn't.

Well, then, please tell me who did this!

There was someone here when you arrived, wasn't there?

Please, take me back to Collinwood.


When I came in that door a few moments ago,

you didn't know it was I.

You were expecting someone else.

Dirk, that's the name you mentioned!


Dirk Wilkins!

He was here when you arrived.

He did this!

What kind of an inhuman animal is he?

A coffin!

Why is it down here?

Where is Tim?

The candle.

He must've lit it.

He must've been here.

I'll just have to wait for him to come back.

But the coffin.


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