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The Scoop on Dark Shadows From Tim Burton, Helena Bonham-Carter and The Original Cast

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More than 40 years before True Blood and Twilight made angst-ridden vampires the hot new thing, there was a wicked little afternoon soap called Dark Shadows. At its center was Barnabas Collins, a brooding bloodsucker played with equal parts torment and relish by Jonathan Frid, and if you were an offbeat kid in the late 1960s there's a good chance you raced home from school to watch it. Tim Burton, the acclaimed director, was one of those eager young fans. And now he's put his own spin on things. His movie version of Dark Shadows opens May 11 with a starry cast headed by Johnny Depp — yet another boyhood buff of the soap — as the reluctant, guilt-ridden and immortally sexy Barnabas.

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OOH, OOH, WITCHY WOMAN

I hated to report on Tuesday that Dark Shadows creator Dan Curtis had passed away as much as I'm sure many of you hated reading it. But maybe we can take some comfort from Daniel R. Coleridge's Soaps News today — he got Lara Parker (yes, Angelique the witch herself) on the horn to reminisce about the Gothic soap and its legendary creator. Click here to check it out. read more

OOH, OOH, WITCHY WOMAN

I hated to report on Tuesday that Dark Shadows creator Dan Curtis had passed away as much as I'm sure many of you hated reading it. But maybe we can take some comfort from Daniel R. Coleridge's Soaps News today — he got Lara Parker (yes, Angelique the witch herself) on the horn to reminisce about the Gothic soap and its legendary creator. Click here to check it out. read more

OOH, OOH, WITCHY WOMAN

I hated to report on Tuesday that Dark Shadows creator Dan Curtis had passed away as much as I'm sure many of you hated reading it. But maybe we can take some comfort from Daniel R. Coleridge's Soaps News today — he got Lara Parker (yes, Angelique the witch herself) on the horn to reminisce about the Gothic soap and its legendary creator. Click here to check it out. read more

Producer-director Dan Curtis passed...

Lara Parker, Dark Shadows

Producer-director Dan Curtis passed away on Monday from brain cancer. He was 78. Although he helmed such acclaimed miniseries as The Winds of War and War and Remembrance, Curtis was most beloved for dreaming up Dark Shadows, the cult supernatural sudser that ran on ABC from 1966 to 1971.

In a daytime first, DS told soapy tales of vampires, witches, werewolves, ghosts and more. Yeah, this show was famous for its funny gaffes — the harried actors often flubbed their lines on live TV — but fans adored it for its originality, warts and all. My fave Collinwood stories involved Angelique (Lara Parker), the jilted witch who condemned Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid) to dwell in misery as a broody vampire.

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When I heard that longtime TV...

When I heard that longtime TV producer Dan Curtis died this week at 78, I kind of felt like a part of my childhood died as well. This showman no doubt was most proud of his epic World War II miniseries of the '80s, Winds of War, and its colossal 30-hour sequel, War and Remembrance. Yet I can't help but think fondly of the supernatural '60s soap opera he created (also for ABC), Dark Shadows, which introduced the world to that fang-tastically brooding vampire hero, Barnabas Collins.

Many was the afternoon I would hurry home from school (or, in the summer, the public pool) to catch the latest creepy installment of this Gothic soap. I had the books; I had the board game; I even sported plastic fangs and could produce a replica of Barnabas' gaudy ring upon demand. I w read more

A DARKER-THAN-USUAL DAY AT COLLINWOOD

Dark Shadows creator Dan Curtis died yesterday at the age of 78, the Associated Press reports. The producer-director responsible for such miniseries as The Winds of War and War and Remembrance had been diagnosed with a brain tumor in December but, it seems, hung on until his wife passed away only weeks ago. read more

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