The Evolution of Barnabas Collins

The Evolution of Barnabas Collins

Houma : LA : USA | Apr 22, 2012 at 8:53 AM PDT
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The Revival

Barnabas Collins has had a long journey since he was interred, involuntarily in the 1700s.

He has been faced by the highly decorated and recently departed Jonathan Frid who after not only serving as a member of The Royal Canadian Navy in World War 2 but earned his Masters in Dramatic Arts from Yale, (credit Frid introduced us to Barnabas in the original Dark Shadows from 1967-1971 and reprising the role in a movie, "House of Dark Shadows."

The House of Dark Shadows focused on Barnabas' regret over the death of his love, Josette in the 1700s, romancing the reincarnation and Josette's mirror image, Victoria, and Dr. Julia Hoffman's alleged cure for vampirism.

The original Dark Shadows ran four seasons and can be viewed on Netflix,

Frid filmed a cameo appearance in Tim Burton's 2012 remake as a Collins party guest. Ironically, it would be the first role he played in more than 35 years and would be his last.

The original Dark Shadows was listed as a paranormal soap opera and was immensely popular despite not having the running time of some other soap operas.

The Revial series in the 1990s had only 12 episodes but Ben Cross did a wonderful job of bringing Barnabas back to life. This show also was one of the vehicles who brought Joseph Gordon-Levitt to celebrity.

The show debuted on Sunday January 13, 1991 and while I was a part of a generational viewing, (three generations) it did not do very well. The world was not ready for vampires to be apart of the main stream. In this day and age with True Blood and The Vampire Diaries on television and the immense popularity of Twilight at theater, a show like Dark Shadows would do very well.

Dark Shadows, The Revial Series does not cater to any one age group and had a limited run on netflix. MGM Digital Media has graciously posted the entire Revial series on youtube and they can be viewed by clicking the following link:

Sadly, the Tim Burton remake is extremely campy and do to his 'take on things' not even the amazing Johnny Depp can save what in my opinion will be a 'hot mess.'

Johnny Depp has several amazing movies that would be listed as horror. Who could forget the cinematic magic that was his character Glen's death in the original, "Nightmare on Elm Street?" Depp also has a cameo in Freddy's Dead as The Guy on TV. Edward Scissorhands may not be considered by today's standards, it did feature a small role for the iconic horror legend, Vincent Price as Edward's creator.

Ed Wood, of course was campy. However it was the style of the director in the 60s which I believe inspired much of Tim Burton's work and last but not least is Sweeny Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

While I enjoy Tim Burton's version of Batman much more than any until Christian Bale took over the role of Batman in 2005, Dark Shadows has a long beloved history and Burton's vision looks horrible.

Even though I would love to see Frid's cameo at another Collinwood party, the only way I and fellow Dark Shadows fans can show our dissapointment in this deviation in style is not to see the movie.

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Kristina Stancil is based in Houma, Louisiana, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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