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