Dark Shadows TV Show Stars

By David Block

Dark Shadows Stars from Original TV Series Appear in New Dark Shadows Movie

Some old TV shows cannot stay dead and buried and the ABC horror soap opera Dark Shadows (1966-1971) is a key example. It underwent various reincarnations, from movies, House of Dark Shadows (1970), Night of Dark Shadows (1971), to the short-lived NBC revival series (January to March 1991), and to additional productions.

Its latest resurrection is the recently released movie starring Johnny Depp as Vampire Barnabas Collins and directed by Tim Burton.

This past May 10, the night before the movie’s release, Dark Shadows stars from the original series along with numerous fans packed the Vista Theatre in Los Angeles to see the new movie along with the House of Dark Shadows. In attendance was the Grammy Award winning jazz singer Diane Schuur.

“I watched Dark Shadows when it first aired back in ’66,” Schuur said, who has been blind since birth. “I loved the music, the acting, and the storylines were great.”

Four of the stars from the original Dark Shadows television series had cameo roles in the new movie: Jonathan Frid (Vampire Barnabas Collins), Lara Parker (the evil witch Angelique Bouchard), Kathryn Leigh Scott, (Maggie Evans, the first love of Vampire Barnabas Collins when he was released from his coffin in the 20th century and David Selby (Ware-wolf Quentin Collins).

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