Now regarded as a seminal, albeit cult, landmark for small screen gothic fiction, Dark Shadows started out as just another daytime soap opera about squabbling familial goings on in a sleepy New England coastal town.
It's both a time of sadness and a time of joy for fans of Dark Shadows, ABC's camp classic daytime serial that ran for five years in the late sixties to great cult acclaim. Joy because they can soon bask in the garish glow of king-of-kook director Tim Burton's gloriously ott re-imagining in just a few short weeks, and sadness because actor Jonathan Frid - the original Barnabus Collins - passed away just last week in an Ontario hospital at the age of eighty-seven.
Jonathan Frid, 87, the Canadian actor who popularized the character of Barnabas Collins in the original 1960s series Dark Shadows, died last week — on Friday the 13th. Johnny Depp, who plays Collins in the Tim Burton-directed movie remake of Dark Shadows, due out May 11, called Frid a "true original.
Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter and Chloe Moretz star in Dark Shadows, Tim Burton's big screen remake of the cult classic television show that aired from 1966 to 1971. Depp plays Barnabus Collins, a centuries-old vampire who gets resurrected in the 1970s and must compete with both an evil witch and modern technology.