Vampires.com is offering up a look back at the 1991 revival series of Dark Shadows, which had cast Ben Cross (currently Spock’s father, Sarek, in the JJ Abrams Star Trek films). In an excerpt from the piece, writer Dave MacDowell Blue notes, “Amid all the debate and anticipation surrounding the new Tim Burton/Johnny Depp film version, the previous revival of Dark Shadows ends up forgotten. It premiered in 1991, an hour-long weekly show in primetime on the NBC network. That alone changed a great deal. Whereas the original was a daily half-hour, the new program had to cope with a different dynamic. In effect, each episode had to some extent be stand alone. More, the plotlines ended up telescoped. What had covered months of storytelling now became the stuff of two or three, sometimes only one episode. Indeed a large part of the initial pilot reworked ideas and sometimes who scenes (shot by shot) from the 1970s feature House of Dark Shadows.
“Ben Cross, an Englishman, played Barnabas Collins. His love interest, Victoria Winters (who, again, spoke the first line in the series) was played by Joanna Going. In one of the first major twists, Victoria became the explicit reincarnation of the woman Barnabas had lost in the 1790s, Josette. This had never been the case in the original series. In fact, rather than being born again, the original series had Josette as a ghost. All of Barnabas’ efforts to recreate his Josette had come across as a sign of insanity. Not so here. Likewise a subtle but important change came out in the character of Angelique (Lysette Anthony, later to play a vampire for laughs in Dracula Dead and Loving It). Lara Parker had always portrayed her as a woman genuinely in love, pushed to what she believed justifiable lengths out of her own rage and jealousy. The new Angelique came across as utterly evil, a stalker with satanic powers a la Fatal Attraction.”
For the rest of the review, click HERE.