I think these “G” words would definitely apply to the soap opera series, “Dark Shadows.” It was my favorite show when it appeared on television in 1966. I just barely got home in time from school to watch it. There was a race up my driveway from the bus.
The show didn’t really get interesting until Jonathan Frid made the scene playing the part of Barnabas Collins, a gentleman vampire. The show literally took a different direction at that point. Angelique, played by Lara Parker, was the resident witch. And, just when things might have been getting a little stale with the same old routine of vampires, witches, and werewolves, David Selby, as Quentin Collins, sprang forth in an eerily ghostly form. He was the new bad guy hunk on the show. But as soap opera scripts go he would evolve from evil to good.
As crudely done as it was with actors forgetting their lines and set trees falling over, Dark Shadows had a cult following. Any show with a cult following never truly dies. In 1990 a much sleeker version was brought back, but only for one year. Of course, being a member of the cult, I didn’t understand the cancellation at all. However, there are always those of the “Gothic” nature out there, and who better than Tim Burton and Johnny Depp to bring it back to full cinema.
I look forward to the movie, and am thankful this was a part of my growing up experience.
In going through old drawings I found various drawings that I had made of the characters. Pictured is an assemblage of Quentin, Barnabas, and Angelique. I sent these drawings to a new discoverer of the show, and she did the assemblage of the drawings.