[In this first of two articles on the classic gothic soap opera, AAA focuses on the show itself; Part Two will examine the actors who have played the role of vampire Barnabas Collins.]
On the set of “Dark Shadows”, the popular ‘60s gothic soap opera, it was always Halloween! DS portrayed the story of the wealthy Collins family of Collinsport, Maine, plagued by a series of supernatural disturbances and disasters. During its five-year run, DS reanimated a creepy cast of witches, ghosts, werewolves and of course, its lead character, vampire Barnabas Collins. The series was immensely popular in its day (its cancellation evoked one of the earliest fan protest movements), hell-spawning a pair of theatrical releases with its original cast in the 1970s, a flashy primetime remake in the ‘90s, and a Tim Burton blockbuster cinematic treatment in 2012, starring Johnny Depp.