Why Horror Part 2

Premiering on this day in 1966 on ABC was “Dark Shadows.” Jonathan Frid arrived a year later to play the iconic Barnabas Collins. Dracula had nothing on this guy! At the age of seven I was hooked. While my other friends were busy watching Speed Racer, I was dreaming of vampires.

B Collins

Could be because I had this poster hanging on my wall. Staring at me all night. It literally scared the crap out of me. Okay not literally because then i would have shit the bed which is a euphemism for dying, and I’m still here writing this trivial blog.

Still this was a real menacing vampire to me. Not like the old Dracula movies from the 30’s. He seemed real!
And unlike the vampires everyone wants to fall in love with these days, he was one that kept me awake with fear.

Back then, vampires were not monsters to be attracted to. Unless, of course, it was Ingrid Pitt.

Ingrid-Pitt-in-The-House--007

Happy Anniversary Dark Shadows.

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One Response to Why Horror Part 2

  1. Ché! says:

    With “Dark Shadows” Gothic Fantasy/Horror/(Science Fiction) became, at least temporarily a daily, daytime staple of American Culture.
    Its stories were vividly, passionately and melodramatically rendered resulting in memorable recollections even now among its cult following.
    Cinematographically, it was, in my ledger, most resplendent, enthralling and captivating in its dark, brooding B&W rendition during its first year.
    Its tone was unerringly atmospheric and moody, including its Avant-Garde music, often featuring , I believe, one of my favorite instruments: the theremin.
    And with the introduction of his “monstrous” and supernatural character, “Barnabas Collins” literally and figuratively breathed life into the fantasy/horror character of the vampire.
    Mr. Frid’s characterization of Barnabas Collins on TV (a more immediate and intimate medium than the theater and film), his personalization of the abstract theme of vampirism, caused the concept of the vampire to become, for so many people, a more sublime and yet familiar and strangely attractive “reality.”
    “Barnabas Collins” famously connected with the quotidian viewership community of “Dark Shadows” in a manner that other screen and literary vampires had not yet achieved.

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