I am about to date myself big time but I don’t care. The fact that I remember what I’m going to share is a miracle and miracles should be talked about. Dark Shadows, the supernatural daytime soap opera of ye olden days was a fabulous show. Yeah, I used to watch it, not in reruns but the actual show (in the 70′s not the 60′s). I remember coming home from school and turning on one of the four (this is a bit painful) channels, there were only four channels and Dark Shadows would usually half way through its story line, so I never got to know any of the characters except for Barnabas Collins. As I throw out into the ether every once in awhile I am obsessed with Vampyres. It’s because they are by far the most fashionable and elegant fictional characters every written. So of course my heals screeched to a halt when I saw the dark, shadowy figure loom up from the bottom of my screen. Who had ever heard of horror in the daytime? And he was creepy to boot with his jagged bangs and equally jagged fangs.
I have read somewhere that the show didn’t have him on as a reoccurring character but once he was introduced he changed the direction of the writing of the show. Before Twilight, The Vampire Diaries or True Blood, Dark Shadows was writing about ghosts, werewolves, headless men and there was even a phoenix. Why am I mentioning this now? Not just because it’s cued up in my Netflix, no, now Tim Burton and Johnny Depp are in on the act and Dark Shadows the movie is due out in the summer of 2012. Surprise! a remake, is there an original thought in Hollywood these days?
The photos from the set look amazing. The cast is wonderful as per usual. Johnny Depp as Barnabas, Michelle Pfeiffer as the Collins matriarch (and I have had a crush on her since Scarface), Eva Green as the witch Angelique, and Helena Bonham Carter as the good doctor to name a few.
I see lots of product placements and if ABC, the original home of Dark Shadows is smart, a new television show, maybe they will call it Dark Shade.