The storyline shifts again for another interesting journey back through time... 1895 Collinwood. Here are the plot-lines where you learn Barnabus is actually a very caring, conscientious vampire! (Jonathan Frid, as Barnabus, became a prototype for Anne Rice's stories.) He manages to get beyond his own psychosis long enough to see the impact of his condition on his family.
Barnabus achieves time-travel through meditation on an I-Ching Hexagram; a very interesting technique! After the intrinsic possessions of the children (Collections 13-14) Barnabus decides he must decipher the history of the family and track Quentin Collins down. His intention is to learn how Quentin died and prevent the consequent illness of little David, in present-time... David, who is Jamieson, David's counterpart in the 1800's.
Even when the story seems obscure, the acting remains excellent and David Henesy is at his best and most cunning for such a young actor! Barnabus also looks great! It's in this storyline you will see how Frid became the study for Johnny Depp's Barnabus in the new 2012 movie. This would be a great area for Tim Burton to pick up a sequel, IMO!!
Quentin comes through as a sympathetic, sexual man. He is subject to manipulation because of his desire to claim his inheritance and be happy. Surrounded by forces he doesn't quite understand without the help of Barnabus, we get to know Quentin as a person here. With his struggle comes the inception of Magda, the gypsy, and the very occult (and disgusting) Hand of Petrofi... Which later takes "hold" of little Jamieson! (Super-funny acting by Henesy!) New, exotic personalities are attracted to Collinwood... A place which seems to bring out the worst in everyone!! Of course you have to wonder if they are all losing their minds. (But quite frankly, I wish someone would just murder Trask and get him done with! What an ass!)
Barnabus shows much love and devotion in an effort to bring some healing and redemption to his family. Now, if only he can get that crucifix off his chest! ; -)
These DVD's are fun to watch for the make-up and fashions, sets and lighting. These stories are well-researched. The Hand of Petrofi is modeled after a real-life phenomena known as the "Hand of Glory". There was an ancient magical practice in Europe during the Middle Ages, where a hand would be cut away from a person of power - dried-out or pickled, and made into a talisman. Often such a talisman were propped up in such a way, it could be giving the "finger"! Or all five fingers would be splayed upright and used as holders for candles... (Disgusting! And true.)