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  • Welcome to the world of DARK SHADOWS!

    "Barnabas Collins... a cousin from England."

    For those of you who don't know...
    Dark Shadows was a hit television show that ran daily back from 1966-1971.

    It featured vampires, witches, werewolves, and ghosts. The main character on the series was Barnabas Collins, a reluctant vampire, played by Jonathan Frid. The series also featured Joan Bennett, David Selby, Kate Jackson, Kathryn Leigh Scott, among others who all joined in on the terror that cursed the Collins' estate.

    The show actually ran for 1,225 episodes. I was just wondering who else has heard of the show, or is a fan on Mice Chat.

    I know that Not Afraid mentioned that it was a favorite show at the age of seven. So who else is entranced by the world of mystery, terror, and intrigue? Anyone?

    Share your thoughts...

    *edited to correct typos


  • #2
    Great show. I wasn't allowed to watch it when I was a kid, but I still knew what it was about and was always intrigued by it.

    There was a remake in the early 90's with Ben Cross as Barnabas. I watched it regularly, but I guess it didn't really catch on.
    "George Bush... is only for now."
    Avenue Q

    Just because it's gone doesn't mean I changed my mind! :cwink:

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    • #3
      I only saw a few episodes of the original on SciFi a while back.

      I enjoyed the remake when it came out. Too bad it didn't last, I thought it was well put together.
      J.B. Opie

      "Doubt is the rust of a feeble mind. The only way to seize the future is to grasp the present. Let's Go!"

      -Chairman Clench, Alien Encounter

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      • #4
        My friends and I used to go into the "TV Room" armed with protective pillows (to cover our faces at the appropriate moments) and watch Dark Shadows whenever we could. My Mormon friend's Mom wouldn't let her watch it, so we would be sleuth about it. My Fundie parents didn't know what evil was influencing their sweet little daughter. :devil:

        I wonder if I'd still love it if I saw it today. I still love all of my other "Spooky" favorites - Bewitched, The Munsters, The Adams Family. But, would DS hold up? Dum dum dum.......

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        • #5
          My sister and I loved watching that show!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by MickeyJCA
            There was a remake in the early 90's with Ben Cross as Barnabas. I watched it regularly, but I guess it didn't really catch on.

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            • #7
              The only music I remember is the theme song, which is one of my favorite creepy tunes at Halloween.
              "George Bush... is only for now."
              Avenue Q

              Just because it's gone doesn't mean I changed my mind! :cwink:

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              • #8
                Originally posted by MickeyJCA
                The only music I remember is the theme song, which is one of my favorite creepy tunes at Halloween.
                On Halloween Night, when I am out there frightening (and feeding lol) the Trick-or-Treaters, I always have the spooky pipe organ music playing in the background. There is a version of the theme song on the CD that I have that is one of the coolest that I've heard... all in eerie Tocatta style.

                But my favorite version of the theme song is the one done for the 1991 remake. It was beautifully done and orchestrated. Here's to you Mr. Cobert!

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                • #9
                  I'm too young for the original, but my friend and I loved the remake. i'm not sure why - we weren't into vampires and I don't like being scared - but we loved it. I have caught a few eps of tohe original and liked that.
                  Good morning, son
                  In twenty years from now
                  Maybe we'll both sit down and have a few beers
                  And I can tell you 'bout today
                  And how I picked you up and everything changed
                  It was pain
                  Sunny days and rain
                  I knew you'd feel the same things...


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                  • #10
                    I got hooked on the show in high school when a local station ran the syndicated reruns. I still love it. Great plots and fun characters - - all so over-the-top. The 1700's Barnabas "origin" story, with Angelique and Josette, is my favorite arc.

                    The first film, "House of Dark Shadows," is a lot of fun too.

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                    • #11
                      This show is poised to make a return to television this fall but I can't remember which network was going to pick it up.






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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Not Afraid
                        I wonder if I'd still love it if I saw it today.
                        Hmmm, don't think so.


                        I loved the show as a kid, but I didn't think it stood the test of time when I caught some re-runs a few years back. I was slathering for it - as Dark Shadows was one of my favorite lost tv shows from my childhood that never really ran in popular syndication. Alas, like many of the shows I liked as a kid, Dark Shadows was near unwatchable as an adult (imho).

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                        • #13
                          I've seen the original, but don't remember how often since I was little. I haven't seen it lately or the remake, but I know I liked it way back when!
                          I want my cake back!
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                          • #14
                            I watch very little TV but Dark Shadows struck a nerve with me when it was first broadcast. It was a breath of fresh air to daytime programming. My job had me off work and home early enough so that I could watch it every day from 4 - 4:30 in LA.

                            It was such a hoot with flubbed lines and sometimes the sets would quiver and fall apart. Joan Bennett, Grayson Hall and Jonathon Frid were my favorites performers in it. Grayson Hall gave a wonderful performance as the repressed Lesbian in the film version of Night of the Iguana in the mid 60s.
                            "America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between." Oscar Wilde

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by desertdweller
                              It was such a hoot with flubbed lines and sometimes the sets would quiver and fall apart. Joan Bennett, Grayson Hall and Jonathan Frid were my favorites performers in it.
                              I agree. I think that the flubbed lines are part of the charm of the original. The remake didn't have any of that, but since it was so well done it covered up for that missing factor.

                              My favorite performers (of the original) were (from most favorite)

                              1) Joan Bennett (Elizabeth Stoddard)
                              2) Jonathan Frid (Barnabas Collins)
                              3) Grayson Hall (Dr. Julia Hoffman)
                              4) Kathryn Leigh Scott (Maggie Evans/Josette)
                              5) Alexandra Moltke (Victoria Winters)
                              6) Lara Parker (Angelique)
                              7) Donald Briscoe (Chris Jennings)
                              8) David Selby (Quentin Collins)
                              9) Dennis Patrick (Jason MacGuire)
                              10) Louis Edmonds (Roger Collins)
                              and
                              11) Thayer David (Prof. T.E. Stokes)

                              They were all so perfect for their part...especially Joan and Grayson

                              In the remake my favorite actors/actresses were

                              1) Joanna Going as Victoria Winters
                              2) Ben Cross as Barnabas Collins

                              As you can tell, I love this show, despite its flaws... :o I'm glad to know that there are so many MiceChatters that love it too!

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