Dark Shadows

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Depp in Dark Shadows and Mystery Movies Identified!

Ask FlickChick Whats up with Johnny Depps Dark Shadows and can you name these moviesQuestion Is the Dark Shadows movie dead and if not is Johnny Depp still going to be in it -- HCRDFlickChick Dark Shadows a joint project between Johnny Depps Infinitum-Nihil production company and producer Graham Kings GK Films is still in development but it doesnt look as though a lot has gone on since mid-2007 Thats when they secured rights from the estate of Dan Curtis to base a movie on the 1966-1971 supernatural soap opera Curtis developed the series made two feature films based on it in the 1970s and later went on to produce and direct a slew of supernatural films mostly for TV At this time theres no screenwriter attached to the project but it does have a distributor Warner Bros Dark Shadows was briefly and unsuccessfully revised as a 1990s TV series but there is a loyal fan base who could make a theatrical film successful if and only if it got the to read more

Buffy the Vampire Slayer still slays!

So it’s week two of my favoritest month of the year and the scary shows on DVD are keeping my player—and Pepito the Wonder Chihuahua—working overtime. And I know this column was supposed to be all about boorific B&W fare, but the vampires struck back over the weekend and there’s no denying these pains in the neck!Obviously, if we’re talking about bloodsuckers, there’s none better than Angel. BUT…that one we’re saving for the end of the month and a big old chat with a certain Whedonverse whiz kid we all know and love. (Hmmm, wonder who that could be?)Anyhoo, with David Boreanaz’s Angelus on hold, I say we give the love to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, since the show that gave us Angel continues to rock well beyond its own cancellation grave. Why, the uninitiated may ask? Three words, people. Best. Writing. Ever.If I’m lying, I’m undyin’. Honestly, there’s something spooky about how well the dialogue stands up, even four... read more

I am ambivalent about hearing ...

Question: I am ambivalent about hearing that Johnny Depp is going to play Barnabas Collins in a new theatrical version of Dark Shadows. I am sure that the movie will bring new blood into the franchise, but I don't think Dark Shadows is a good fit for the big screen. Dark Shadows has always been a long, continuous saga with many characters and storylines, and I don't believe you can simply make a two-hour Dark Shadows movie, no matter how great an actor Johnny Depp is. Do you believe that Dark Shadows is better suited for the big screen or the small screen? Answer: Given that the last few attempts to remake Dark Shadows as a prime-time series failed (a short-lived remake on NBC and an aborted comeback on the WB), maybe a starry big-screen homage is the way to go. Besides, the original series spawned two movie spin-offs in the early '70s: House of Dark Shadows and Night of Dark Shadows. I can't pretend to be objective about them, having seem them in my early teens (if that) as an ... 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

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

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Premiered: June 27, 1966, on ABC
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Premise: Ghosts, witches and werewolves populated this creepy daytime serial about Maine's Collins family, which included Barnabas, a nearly 200-year-old vampire who longed to be cured. The supernatural soap shifted between the present and the 18th century to tell its gothic tale. A prime-time revival mounted in 1991 possessed more special effects, sex and gore than its bare-bones original, but it never caught on and was buried by NBC in less than two months.

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