When I was a young teen, I would rush home every day from school to watch the gothic soap opera, Dark Shadows. Next month Tim Burton, who bought the rights from the producer Dan Curtis’ estate are making a remake with Johnny Depp as the beloved vampire Barnabas Collins. This live TV show would be considered campy in today’s world, although at the time of airing, that was not the intention. So today’s version will be humorous –and not my generation’s beloved Dark Shadows.
The original Barnabas Collins was played by Canadian actor Jonathan Frid, who on April 13th transitioned from this world to the next of natural causes at the age of 87. He and the other original actors have cameos in the new movie.
Long before Twilight and all the other vampire movies and TV series of today, there was the tragic figure of a vampire, Barnabas, cursed by a witch to exist among his relatives in Collinwood, Maine. The original series had vampires, ghosts, witches and werewolves among the denizens. Many a story line was based on literature and mythological stories; I learned later, which of course made me want to study the original literature.
Dark Shadows feed my natural passion for all things that go bump in the night. It allowed me to expand my horizons into the world of the supernatural, much like Star Trek did for space exploration. I have very fond memories of this time and this shadowy TV world. I plan to watch the movie—it won’t be our Dark Shadows, but it will stir fond memories and perhaps provide a laugh to the darkness.
We bid adieu to Mr. Frid and wish him well on his journey; he provided great entertainment for us Dark Shadows fans everywhere.
With Love and Light Always,
Blake Cahoon, Co-Founder
Illuminated Engagements Centre for Whole-Being
Blake would indeed rush home every day from school and plunk herself and her sister down and watch the gothic soap opera. Her fandom was based on the creepy story line and on how hot-looking the werewolf, Quentin Collins played by actor David Selby, was. Mr. Selby, now in his late 60’s – early 70’s was last seen as one of the main lawyers in the award winning movie, Social Network.