DARK SHADOWS: The Brutality of Barnabas Collins

DARK SHADOWS: The Brutality of Barnabas Collins

276-dark-shadows-barnabas-eulogyAs the original Dark Shadows unfolded, Jonathan Frid’s interpretation of Barnabas Collins went through quite the metamorphosis from out-right villain to sympathetic vampire with a dark underside. YouTube user jowens0216 has created a video called “The Brutality of Barnabas Collins,” which looks at poor Willie Loomis being punished for Barnabas’ perceived betrayal by him. Clips come from the original series, 1970′s House of Dark Shadows and the 1991 prime time version.

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  1. Interesting. I tend to view this early take on Barnabas as part of how he had largely failed to cope with being a vampire and just gave in to its darkness before his sister Sarah’s ghost jolted him back towards who he had once been. In spite of the long sleep, from Barnabas’ point of view, he hadn’t really been a vampire all that long. It would take some time before the true Barnabas’ personality would re-emerge and mostly conquer his darker, base and violent vampire urges.