Oh man, I LOVED "Dark Shadows." I was too little to see it first-run (1966-1971), but they reran it in the afternoons when I was in early grade school, and my mom and I would watch it together.
It's kind of hard for me to believe that, since my mom never watched soap operas and I have trouble believing she thought it OK for a little kid to watch a show about vampires and grave-robbing and witches, but she did. And really, it was wonderfully innocent by today's standards. I think we both had a little crush on Jonathan Frid as Barnabas Collins. I also remember his little ghost-girl sister, Sarah, who totally creeped me out. (Happily, Frid is still with us at 86. And has a Web site.)
And apparently Johnny Depp and Tim Burton loved it too--there's been talk FOREVER about "Dark Shadows" coming to the big screen, and now Depp is supposedly on a green tea and fruit diet to trim down to play Barnabas. They're starting filming in April and the movie is scheduled for 2012. I do wish they'd leave our childhood memories alone -- "Dark Shadows" is on DVD, for goodness sake, we can watch it still -- but then again, Burton and Depp are an interesting combo and there's a chance this MIGHT not be horrible.
Jonathan Frid says he will be participating "in a modest way" in the new movie. A cameo, I imagine. I do like that. And it looks like you can watch full episodes online.
There were at least two "Dark Shadows" games, and I had one of them, which I think we bought at a garage sale. I adored it, and for some reason when we moved, gave it away to my friend Brenda. I wish I still had it today!
What about you? Did you watch the original show? Are there any storylines you especially remember? Have you watched it since those days? Will you see the movie?