Saturday, June 20, 2009

Dark Shadows 1967...

I guess I need to wrap up my favorite horror movies with a TV show from the late 60's and early 70's. I remember running home from elementary school so that I would not miss an episode of my favorite "soap opera" of all time... Dark Shadows. The Dan Curtis production was NOT your typical soap opera. After all, it had vampires, ghosts, werewolves, and witches. The most popular character without a doubt was Barnabas Collins, played by Jonathan Frid. Barnabas was a very interesting character. He was conflicted with his immortality. He was a vampire through and though, but he longed to be back in the sunlight. He wanted nothing more than to be human again. However, he was cursed. He was a reluctant vampire. He could be very evil, but he mostly wanted his privacy. If left alone, he would not trouble you... but if threatened, he would kill. There were so many twist and great story lines to this show that you were always waiting with high anticipation for the next half hour show. The weekends were a pain because on Friday you were left with a cliffhanger and had to wait till Monday to see what happened! Thanks to Netflix, I have seen over 85 hours of the show. I began with the introduction to Barnabas... in the video below. It has been a great journey down memory lane for me to see the old shows with all its flaws (it was taped live with NO edits!). Starting with the old black and white shows and the introduction of color to TV. Man, I'm old! This show was unique in so many ways and it was a first for its time. That's the great thing about old shows... they were original, interesting, and the story was everything. Nothing like the 200 channels of crap that is on today. Give the video a watch and check out the collection of Dark Shadows on DVD... it is so worth it!

Jonathan Frid AKA, Barnabas Collins!

Filled with Gothic mystery and supernatural intrigue, the daytime series "Dark Shadows" became wildly popular after its 1966 premiere on ABC and has earned a reputation as one of the most unusual and enduring programs in TV history. The show revolves around Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid), a guilt-ridden 175-year-old vampire who longs to be human again and returns to his estate after being chained inside a coffin for nearly 200 years.

Lela Swift
John Sedwick

Jonathan Frid
Joan Bennett
Alexandra Isles
Kathryn Leigh Scott
Nancy Barrett
John Karlen
Mitch Ryan
David Henesy
Dana Elcar
David Ford
Louis Edmonds
Joel Crothers
Clarice Blackburn
Robert Gerringer
Dennis Patrick

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