I was one of those rabid fans, and had a serious crush on Jonathan Frid, who played the vampire Barnabas Collins. Sadly, he recently died on Friday, April 13th, at the age of 87---RIP. I'm sure I wasn't the only young girl who sent away and anxiously awaited the free fan photo. It finally came in the mail, and had a constant place under my pillow at night.
|Jonathan Frid as Barnabas Collins|
I obsessively collected the novels and read them under blanket cover late at night, scaring the bejeebers out of me. They were written by gothic novelist W. E. Daniel "Dan" Ross under the pseudonym Marilyn Ross (his wife's name).
I recently learned that two former actresses on the series have their own novels based on the show--Lara Parker (who played Angelique) and Kathryn Leigh Scott (who played Josette). And I even developed a crush on David Selby, who played the werewolf Quentin Collins. How could anyone resist those sideburns?
|David Selby as Quentin Collins, werewolf|
And oh! That music! There was something about that haunting, eerie music. I bought the record album (remember those?) and played it over and over. I still have that album, forty-six years later! According to Wikipedia, the original soundtrack made the top 20 on the Billboard national chart in 1969 and still ranks as one of the top-selling TV soundtracks ever.
Well! Let me just announce right here that I was beside myself with joy---giddy, one might say, when I heard that there would be a new DARK SHADOWS movie. And I was even more excited when I heard that none other than Tim Burton would be directing it. I've been a fan of his work from the get-go, and knew that something special would come of it. Then to find out that Johnny Depp would play Barnabas? I tell ya, that was a swoonable moment. Not to mention the lovely Ms. Pfeiffer.
|Johnny Depp and the cast of the DARK SHADOWS movie|
When I saw the first trailer, I was blown away. WHAT? A SPOOF? of my beloved DARK SHADOWS! Yes! It totally works! I love the idea. I, ahem, recently wrote my own vampire spoof, THE JOURNAL OF MINA HARKER, and am totally delighted that the writers and director decided to play it this way. After all, there are many who say that the original show was played a bit tongue-in-cheek anyway. (Oh come on, yes it was!)
If you go back and watch the show on DVDs (yes, of course I own them!), you just have to laugh. At the time, of course, I didn't see it as funny--it was serious stuff. I've been watching the trailers over and over, and I cannot wait to see the movie. Stay tuned for a review, right here!
In the meantime, listen to this interview of the writer, Seth Grahame-Smith. BTW, he also penned the script for the new ABRAHAM LINCOLN, VAMPIRE HUNTER movie coming out in June.
In memory of those who have crossed. Or have they? ;-)
(Cue the howling wolf. Cue flapping wings.)