‘Dark Shadows’ returns — sort of

   April 17, 2012 6:52 am    0

 

If you watched “Dark Shadows” as a kid, it will return as a movie next month, and it is creating controversy among diehard fans who loved the 1,225 TV episodes.

I remember the 1966-1971 soap that aired about 4 p.m. everyday. It was must-see TV for any baby boomer. It was about Barnabas Collins, born in England in the 1800s. Wicked witch Angelique Bouchard, a woman scorned, turned Barnabas into a vampire, and they all somehow returned to the living in the 1960s. The TV show was soap fare and addicting.

The 2012 movie premieres May 11 and includes the original story, but it is more of a comedy, and the younger crowd seems to like it.

The films stars Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins and Michelle Pfeiffer plays Elizabeth Collins Stoddard.

Director Tim Burton has a blog where visitors share memories of the TV series and more. The movie features some of the original TV actors in cameo appearances including 87-year-old Jonathan Frid, (original Barnabas Collins); David Selby, (Quentin Collins); Lara Parker (Angelique); and Kathryn Leigh Scott (Maggie Evans).

This tale has quite a few revivals as a 1970 movie House of Dark Shadows and Night of Dark Shadows (1971). It also returned to TV on NBC in 1991 as a TV series. It was on the WB as a series in 2004.

Lara Parker (Angelique) published several novels, Angelique’s Descent in 1998 and Dark Shadows: The Salem Branch in 2006. She and some other stars reprised their roles in Dark Shadows audio dramas.

I’m not sure I can see this as comedy, but it’s nice boomer TV keeps booming back.


 

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