Sunday, December 30, 2012

End of Year News Bites

  • Earlier in the year, we reported about a host of foreign editions of Lara Parker's novel Angelique's Descent, which have recently been joined by a Hungarian edition of the sequel, The Salem Branch. The new version, seen above, has been published under the title Salem Kísértete (Salem's Ghosts). Click on the thumbnail image for a larger view.
  • Dynamite will be publishing a second Dark Shadows graphic novel next Spring, collecting their recent Dark Shadows: Vampirella offshoot. The 112-page trade paperback is due out in April and can be pre-ordered at a discount price by clicking here.
  • Donna McKechnie (Amanda Harris) returns to New York in January with her one-woman show. Donna will be appearing at Broadway nightclub 54 Below on January 2, 3 and 6 at 7.00pm and January 4 and 5 at 8.30pm. For more information and to book tickets online, click here.
  • This is our last update of 2012. Thanks to everyone who has read, contributed to, and supported the site over the past year – it's been a privilege to document these exciting times. However, the year was not without sadness, and the loss of Dark Shadows' greatest star, Barnabas actor Jonathan Frid, is still keenly felt. Keep visiting in 2013 and remember you can also keep abreast of the latest Dark Shadows news from us on Twitter and Facebook.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Marie Wallace Returns Home

We're delighted to report that beloved Dark Shadows actress Marie Wallace (Eve) has returned home after a spell in hospital. As we previously reported, Marie was injured back in October, after falling from the stage during a performance and has been recuperating since. Marie left hospital care just in time for Christmas.

Marie wrote in to share this message: "Please tell all the fans how touched I am by the hundreds of cards, notes and letters of good wishes and healing I received. I know it was their love and support that helped me heal so fast."

To keep up with Marie's current activities and projects, visit her official website by clicking here.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Celebrity Premiere For Dr. Mabuse

We recently reported on the new independent film Dr. Mabuse, which it's now been announced will now receive a special premiere in San Diego next April. Organised in conjunction with the Dark Shadows Festival, this debut screening will be attended by stars from the show.

The event will take place on April 27 2013 at San Diego's historic Coronado Village Theatre in California, with Jerry Lacy (Reverend Trask), Lara Parker (Angelique) and Kathryn Leigh Scott (Maggie) appearing personally to meet fans and discuss the film after the screening with writer/director Ansel Faraj.

Booking information will be posted as it becomes available. To read more about the film and view a trailer, click here. To see our gallery of behind-the-scenes photographs from filming, click here.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Picture of the Week: Period Drama Moonlighting

This week it's a radiant 1969 shot of actress Virginia Vestoff (Samantha Collins), taken during the recording of the cast album for Broadway show 1776. During her stint on Dark Shadows, Virginia juggled her appearances with evening commitments
as Abigail Adams in the stage musical. "It's lucky I like period costumes, because I wear them both afternoons and evenings," she told TV Dawn to Dusk in 1970. "I live in three centuries... the 18th on Broadway, the 19th on TV and the 20th in my everyday life – and I enjoy the best of each of them!"

1776's cast also included David Ford (Sam Evans) and later, when adapted for the big screen, Emory Bass (Mr. Best) and Daniel Keyes (Eagle Hill Caretaker). A perennial favourite, the film is still repeated and is also available on DVD.

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Monday, December 10, 2012

December News Digest

  • Daniel Day Lewis' new film Lincoln features a mini Dark Shadows reunion in its cast. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Gulliver McGrath play Abraham Lincoln's sons Robert and Tad, having both played David Collins respectively in the 1991 Dark Shadows revival and 2012 movie remake. Jackie Earle Haley (movie Willie Loomis) also features in a supporting role.
  • FX's American Horror Story: Asylum included a little nod to Barnabas in its November 14 episode, which featured villain James Cromwell wielding the familiar wolf's-head cane. Series creator Ryan Murphy is a self-confessed Dark Shadows fan and has spoken before of his love of the show.
  • Kathryn Leigh Scott (Maggie Evans) is running a holiday promotion on her Dark Shadows books and photographs. From now until the new year, each order will come with a free signed Dark Shadows Christmas card. For more information, click here. Also, Kathryn's next novel, Down and Out in Beverly Heels, is released next March and can be pre-ordered now by clicking here.
  • CBC Hamilton has published a fascinating story about departed Dark Shadows legend Jonathan Frid (Barnabas), revealing some of the provisions made in his will and details of his retirement years in Canada. To read it online, click here. And finally, TCM have released their 2012 In Memoriam video reel, which includes footage of Jonathan. It can be viewed in the window below.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Writing The Visual Companion: Mark Salisbury

As director Tim Burton's official biographer, author Mark Salisbury has worked a number of Burton-related volumes, including the acclaimed Burton on Burton and the newly released tie-in Dark Shadows: The Visual Companion. We caught up with Mark to get the lowdown on the new book...

You've had a long association with Tim Burton. How did you first make contact with him?
One Sunday afternoon in 1985 I went to see a Touchstone Pictures’ dinosaur film Baby: The Secret of the Lost Legend at my local cinema and was surprised to find Burton’s original short Frankenweenie showing prior it. I didn’t know who Tim Burton was – this was before Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure was released – but I was completely enthralled from the word go, and knew I was watching something very special. I remember scribbling Burton’s name on a scrap of paper in the dark when the short ended, certain it was one to remember. 

Did it take long to meet the man himself?
I eventually met him a few years later at a Warners’ Christmas party in London – he was shooting Batman at the time – although I had arranged to have dinner the following week with him and horror author Clive Barker for an article I was writing for the now defunct horror magazine Fear: Their conversation was later reprinted in the book Shadows of Eden. I interviewed Burton again for Edward Scissorhands and Batman Returns and in 1994 approached him about writing Burton On Burton, which was first published the following year.

Given your unique perspective, where would you say Dark Shadows fits into the Burton filmography?
I think all of Burton’s usual themes and preoccupations are present in Dark Shadows. Perhaps the only difference is the film marks the first time Johnny Depp asked Burton to direct him in a film. Typically it’s been Burton doing the asking.

Any theories on what attracted Burton to tackling Dark Shadows?
He grew up on the show. Just like Depp, he would run home from school in order to see it. As a monster movie-loving child what’s not to love about a TV show featuring vampires and werewolves and ghosts? Moreover, a show that was on during the afternoon.

You were on set for Dark Shadows. How would you compare the atmosphere to previous Burton shoots?
Burton’s sets are generally fun-filled and relaxed. This appeared even more so. The script was funny, once the actors got hold of it, wearing those costumes, in those environments it was hysterical to watch. There was much laughter on set and during dailies.

What does The Visual Companion have that will surprise fans?
Because the book’s publication comes after the film’s theatrical and home entertainment release, we were able to show certain images – among them Carolyn’s transformation – that we might not have been able to if the book had preceded the film. For me, the book’s strength, however, is the sheer amount of behind-the-scenes photos that reveal the artistry involved in creating the film’s amazing sets. I particularly love the section detailing the creation of Collinsport – designed by the genius that is Rick Heinrichs – although my favourite photo is on pages 124-125, which shows Alice Cooper performing at the happening.

And what did you think of the finished film?
I always find it really hard to comment on any new Burton film, because, typically, I’ve read the script, spent many, many days on set, and so feel too close to the finished product to form an objective opinion. Typically it takes me a few years to divorce myself from the “I-was-there-when-they-shot-that-bit” or “That-wasn’t-in-the-script” thoughts when I’m watching one of his films. That said, I’ve seen Dark Shadows a couple of times and really enjoyed it.

Dark Shadows: The Visual Companion is available at a discount price by clicking here, and also in a limited collector's edition signed by Tim Burton, which can be ordered by clicking here. UK readers can also purchase the book by clicking here.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Marie Wallace Recovers

As we previously reported, actress Marie Wallace (Eve) was recently injured in a fall onstage and has been recovering in a New York City hospital. Dark Shadows cast mate Kathryn Leigh Scott (Maggie Evans) shares this update from Marie: 

"Please tell our friends and fans that I'm recovering very well, and feeling stronger each day. I appreciate all their loving and healing thoughts. There's no room for flowers here in rehab but I would certainly appreciate a note or card."

If you would like to send Marie a get well card or message, you can do so at this address: Marie Wallace Pollock, Kateri House, 150 Riverside Drive, Room 1305A, New York, NY 10024.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Dark Shadows 2013 Cruise Information

The Dark Shadows Festival have released more information about their 2013 Dark Shadows Halloween Cruise, which will take place from October 27-November 3 2013. 

Departing from New Jersey's Cape Liberty Cruise Port, the ship Explorer of the Seas will embark on a seven-day round trip to Bermuda. In attendance will be Dark Shadows stars Lara Parker (Angelique) and Kathryn Leigh Scott (Maggie Evans), with planned activities including a Halloween costume party, rare video screenings, dramatic performances by the actors and other surprises.

Inside Staterooms are priced from $749.00 per person; Ocean View Staterooms from $949.00 per person; Balcony Staterooms from $1099.00 per person; and Suites from $1399.00 per person. Rates are per person based on double occupancy and include all port charges plus the Dark Shadows registration fee. Government fees and taxes of $125.00 per person are additional. All meals are included in these prices.

Attendees who reserve their cabin with a refundable deposit by January 31 will be invited to join Kathryn Leigh Scott and Lara Parker for a private party on board, and will also receive an exclusive Dark Shadows celebrity gift bag. For more information or to make a reservation, call toll free 1-800-828-4813 or visit the event newly-launched event website by clicking here. A printable flyer is available by clicking here.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

We're Now On Facebook!

If you're on Facebook, you can now keep up with all the latest Dark Shadows developments via our newly-launched Dark Shadows News Page, featuring headline breaking news, daily trivia and more. To visit and like our page to receive updates, click here.

And for more dispatches from Collinwood in 140 characters or less, there's also our Dark Shadows News Twitter feed, delivering daily dispatches to over 3,000 Dark Shadows fans worldwide. To follow us, click here.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Dr. Mabuse Trailer Released

We recently reported on the new independent film Dr. Mabuse, which features Dark Shadows stars Jerry Lacy (Reverend Trask), Lara Parker (Angelique) and Kathryn Leigh Scott (Maggie Evans). The first cast image from the production is now online and can be seen above. 

Pictured are (L to R): John C Smith as the Apocalypse Man, Derek Mobraaten as Tom Smith, Julian Grant as Edward Hull, Bahia Garrigan as Christina Novello, Jerry Lacy as Dr. Mabuse, Nathan Wilson as Inspector Carl Lohemann, David Graham as City General Oscar Lang, Linden Chiles as Inspector Norbert Von Wenk, Vivian Brasch as Lady Levana, Kathryn Leigh Scott as Madame Von Harbau, Lara Parker as Madame Carrozza and Annie Waterman as Madame Hecate. Click on the image for a larger view.

The first teaser trailer for the film can be viewed in the window below. Dr. Mabuse is due for release in 2013 and more information can be found on the production's official website. To view our gallery of behind the scenes stills, click here.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Win Dark Shadows Movie Blu-Rays!

Both original Dark Shadows feature films have just been released on Blu-Ray and, courtesy of our friends at Warner Home Entertainment, we have two sets of both to give away.

House of Dark Shadows starred Jonathan Frid in a vivid retelling of Barnabas' introduction story, while Night of Dark Shadows starred David Selby as a troubled artist haunted by memories of the eternal Angelique, played by Lara Parker. For your chance to win, just answer this simple question:

What was the name of the Tarrytown mansion used for Collinwood in both films?
Send your answer, along with your name and postal address, to by November 12. 

Readers can order House of Dark Shadows on Blu-Ray online by clicking here and Night of Dark Shadows on Blu-Ray by clicking here.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Postcards From Collinwood

Here are some fantastic rare vintage images of Seaview Terrace, the Rhode Island mansion used for the exterior of Collinwood in Dark Shadows. Reader Bill Branch shares these beautiful postcards, showing the property at various points during its history.

The first picture shows the house shortly after its construction, when it was known as the Edson Bradley Estate; The third shows the house during its time as a school for girls, Burnham-by-the-Sea, during the 1960s; The fourth was taken in the mid-1960s, around the time filming took place on Dark Shadows. To see more rare photographs of the house, click here.

Click on the thumbnails for a larger view. Courtesy of the Bill Branch collection.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Dark Shadows Cruise For 2013

The Dark Shadows Festival has confirmed that it host a Dark Shadows-themed ocean cruise in 2013, celebrating of 30 years of events. The cruise will run from October 27-November 3, 2013, sailing from the New York area to Bermuda.

In attendance will be original series actors Lara Parker (Angelique) and Kathryn Leigh Scott (Maggie Evans), with planned activities including "Dark Shadows performances, screenings, autographs, question-and-answer sessions, group activities, games, contests and tours of Bermuda."

More details will be announced soon, with a special discount rate offered for advance reservations for stateroom sleeping quarters, which also covers all meals for the entire week of travel. Unique Dark Shadows souvenirs will also be offered to attendees.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

News Bites

  • UK Dark Shadows fans can catch Kathryn Leigh Scott (Maggie Evans) at next month's Memorabilia collector's show, taking place from November 24-25 at the NEC Birmingham. Kathryn will be signing photographs and other merchandise. For more information, click here.
  • Jerry Lacy (Reverend Trask) is currently appearing at Santa Monica's Edgemar Centre for the Arts in the new play Surviving Mama. The production runs until November 18 and tickets can be purchased online by clicking here.
  • Movieline has investigated the mystery surrounding the creation of Barnabas Collins, with original Dark Shadows writer Malcolm Marmorstein staking his claim to having devised the character: "I told [series creator] Dan [Curtis], 'We have to pretend we're doing a vampire for the very first time. Let's get a young, blond guy, because our audiences are very young. They'll fall in love with him." Producer Robert Costello is also interviewed, offering a blunt rebuttal: "I don't think he contributed more than anyone else. He was part of a team and from that team came Barnabas. If he was as good as he seems to think he was, he wouldn't have been fired." To read the full article, click here.
    “I don’t think he contributed more than anyone else," Dark Shadows producer Bob Costello says of Marmorstein. "He was part of a team and from that team came Barnabas. If he was as good as he seems to think he was, he wouldn’t have been fired."

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    I told Dan, ‘Absolutely, but we need different ground rules. No one in the town of Collinsport has heard of Dracula. They wouldn’t recognize Bela Lugosi. We have to pretend we’re doing a vampire for the very first time.

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    I told Dan, ‘Absolutely, but we need different ground rules. No one in the town of Collinsport has heard of Dracula. They wouldn’t recognize Bela Lugosi. We have to pretend we’re doing a vampire for the very first time.

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  • And finally, we were sorry to hear the news that Sharon Smyth's (Sarah Collins) mother passed away on October 24 at the age of 99. Our condolences go out to Sharon and her family.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Picture of the Week: Necking In The Afternoon

This week, it's a 1982 TV Guide advertisement for Dark Shadows, promoting Barnabas' new lease of life in syndication. Throughout the 1980s, distributors Worldvision scored a hit with the show's huge back catalogue and Dark Shadows soon became a fixture on many PBS stations, as The Los Angeles Times reported in 1987:

"'It has really made our late night,'  said Larry White of KFME-TV Channel 13 in Fargo, N.D." Others were in agreement. "'It's our top membership program,' said Neal Hecker of public television station WNYC Channel 31 in New York."

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Dark Shadows Movie Effects Revealed

Digital effects house The Senate have released a promotional reel dissecting their work on the recent Dark Shadows feature film. To discover how shots of Collinsport, the Collinwood mansion and the ghostly vision of Josette were achieved, check out the video in the window below.

Meanwhile, Dark Shadows has continued to do good business on the US home video market following its release earlier this month. Industry website The Numbers reports that the film shifted 428,000 units during its first week in stores. Dark Shadows is available now on Blu-Ray at a discount price by clicking here and on DVD by clicking here.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Get Well Wishes For Marie Wallace

We are sad to report that actress Marie Wallace (Eve) has suffered an injury while performing theatre in Connecticut. Marie was appearing in The Last Romance at the Seven Dials Theatre on Saturday night when she fell from the stage, breaking her shoulder.

In a message to fans earlier today, Marie said: "Thank you to all my wonderful friends and fans who have sent me so many healing and loving messages. I'm in great hands in a New York hospital with a great surgeon who will be operating on my smashed right shoulder this afternoon."

On behalf of Dark Shadows fans everywhere, we wish Marie a very speedy recovery. If you would like to write her a get well message, you can do so via her official website.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Movie Visual Companion Preview Pictures

The long-awaited behind the scenes guide for the recent Dark Shadows movie, The Visual Companion, is finally released next week and, courtesy of Titan Books, we're delighted to share some exclusive preview images from the book. 

Shown below are director Tim Burton posing with actors Gully McGrath, Jonny Lee Miller, Michelle Pfeiffer and Chloe Grace Moretz, along with early concept artwork for Widows' Hill and Collinwood. Click on the pictures for a larger view.

Dark Shadows: The Visual Companion by Mark Salisbury is published on 26th October 2012, by Titan Books priced £29.99, and will be released in the US in November. UK readers can order the book now at a discount price by clicking here. US readers can pre-order the book at a discount price by clicking here.

Photographs are ™ & © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Dark Shadows Complete Series Half-Price DVD Bargain

The Dark Shadows: The Complete Original Series DVD box set is now available for today only at an amazing 50% discount, saving over $300.00 from the recommended retail price. The 131-disc set contains all 1,225 original episodes in a coffin-shaped box. To order now, click here.

Additionally, the individual Dark Shadows DVD volumes are currently available at a 44% discount. Each four-disc set contains up to 40 episodes, with bonus interviews and other special features. To order any volume, click on the hyperlinked titles below:

Monday, October 15, 2012

Win The Dark Shadows Movie On Blu-Ray!

The Dark Shadows movie is out on Blu-Ray and DVD in the United Kingdom today, and Warner Bros UK have released some special online content to mark the release, which can be viewed in the panel below. Courtesy of Warner, we have a copy of Dark Shadows on Blu-Ray to give away to one lucky reader. For your chance to win, just answer the following question:

What is the name of the rival cannery business Angelique runs in the film?

Send your answer with your name and postal address to by October 28. This prize draw is open to UK residents only.

UK readers can order Dark Shadows on Blu-Ray by clicking here and on DVD by clicking here.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Angelique on Exhibit

As we reported yesterday, the Lyndhurst Estate in Tarrytown, New York is running a month of special Dark Shadows-themed tours. The historic property was used as a location in both 1970s Dark Shadows feature films. Actress Lara Parker (Angelique) has made a very special donation for the event, and has given the estate a full-size replica of her portrait from Night of Dark Shadows

Lara received the canvas as a gift after filming wrapped in 1971 and still has it after 40 years. The portrait can be seen at Lyndhurst throughout October, along with other Dark Shadows exhibits. For tour details, visit Lyndhurst's official website.

Both original Dark Shadows movies will be released on Blu-Ray and DVD for the first time later this month. For more information and to order online, click here.

Monday, October 8, 2012

October Events

  • The Lyndhurst estate in Tarrytown, New York (Collinwood in the 1970s Dark Shadows spin-off movies) is hosting some special events this month. Lyndhurst After Dark is a series of nighttime tours with a Dark Shadows theme, raising vital funds for the upkeep of the house. In addition to special exhibits and atmospheric live music, actors Sharon Smyth (Sarah Collins) and Jim Fyfe (1991 Willie Loomis) will be appearing as guests on October 20 and October 27 respectively. For more information, click here.
  • Newport, Rhode Island's Seaview Terrace, the original exterior location of Collinwood, is to host a special ballet version of Bram Stoker's Dracula, taking place from October 17-21. For more information and to reserve tickets online, click here.
  • Actress Marie Wallace (Eve) is appearing on stage throughout October in The Last Romance. The production runs from October 18 to November 11 at the Seven Angels Theatre in Waterbury, Connecticut. The will also be a cast party on October 20. For more information and to book tickets online, click here.
  • And finally, the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion, the Norwalk, Connecticut property which featured in the finale of House of Dark Shadows, is holding a Halloween Party on October 27, featuring spooky decor and music. Places are limited and ticket information can be found by clicking here.

Friday, October 5, 2012

John August Discusses Unused Shadows Script

Screenwriter John August has spoken for the first time about his unused Dark Shadows screenplay. August wrote the first draft of the film's script, before the assignment was taken over by Seth Grahame Smith. "It was before Twilight had come out and before True Blood," he tells ShockTilYouDrop

"They said, 'Let's make a big gothic, vampire drama.' I pitched that and I wrote a Godfather-like saga of the Collins family and Barnabas was at the centre of it all... but it played itself straight." Citing delays in production and the current proliferation of vampires in films for the change in direction, he concludes: "I think it's one of the best scripts I've written. But I totally get why, at the time they went off to make it, they didn't make that version."

Meanwhile, the Dark Shadows movie has just been released on DVD and Blu-Ray and is performing strongly in the US marketplace. PhillyBurbs reports that the film is currently the number one film home rental and number two retail title, behind The Avengers. Dark Shadows can be ordered on DVD by clicking here and special edition Blu-Ray by clicking here.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Dark Shadows Movie Deleted Scenes

Warner Bros. have released a selection of unseen deleted scenes from the recent Tim Burton Dark Shadows movie, ahead of its home video release next week. These segments will be included on the special edition Blu-Ray, along with a selection of behind-the-scenes featurettes and other bonus content.

The scenes can be viewed in the windows below. Dark Shadows can be pre-ordered on Blu-Ray at a discount price by clicking here and on DVD by clicking here.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Look Inside The Dark Shadows Movie Crew Book

Recently I was lucky enough to obtain a copy of the Dark Shadows movie cast and crew book. This hefty 200-page limited edition hardback was produced as a gift to people who worked on the film and was never made available to buy.

Only 1,000 copies were produced and mine is number number 398. It's a beautiful collection of of unseen backstage photography, with comments from cast and crew, including director Tim Burton and the big screen's Barnabas Collins, Johnny Depp.

Seen below are some glimpses from inside the book, including a wry little nod to this very blog. Click on the thumbnails for larger images. Don't forget, the Dark Shadows movie comes to Blu-Ray and DVD on October 2 and is available to buy now in Instant Video download format by clicking here.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Lara and Kathryn Hit Atlanta

As we recently reported, Dark Shadows actresses Kathryn Leigh Scott (Maggie Evans) and Lara Parker (Angelique) have been visiting Atlanta, Georgia this week to meet fans of the show. Lara and Kathryn took time out to discuss the show on NBC-11 Atlanta, video of which can be viewed below:

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Dark Shadows Merchandise Updates

Angelique actress Lara Parker's Dark Shadows novel The Salem Branch has just been published in a new French translation by Michel Lafon. This follows on from the various international editions of Lara's first novel, Angelique's Descent, that were released earlier in the year. The French version has been retitled Reminiscences and the cover artwork can be seen right. To order the book online, click here

In other Dark Shadows publishing news, Big Finish Productions have confirmed some upcoming audio dramas on CD. Speak No Evil has just been released, with The Last Stop with Jerry Lacy (Tony Peterson) out later in September, Dreaming of the Water with Christopher Pennock (Sebastian Shaw) and Kathryn Leigh Scott (Maggie Evans) in October, with The Haunted Refrain following in November and A Collinwood Christmas in December. To order online, click on the hyperlinked titles.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Picture of the Week: Miss Emmy 1962

After a brief hiatus, Picture of the Week is back with a May 1962 shot of Diana Millay (Laura Collins) posing for Emmy Award publicity with Bob Newhart, in her official capacity as that year's Miss Emmy. 

Chosen to represent the awards on behalf of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Television Academy, Diana was duly dispatched with a photographer to seek out a backstage scoop. "Being a methodical, if not a method actress, Diana researched the Emmy statuette in the process of its manufacture," reported The Miami News, concluding that: "There's no doubt that the creation of the five-pound 'Golden Girl' never had a prettier observer."

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Dark Shadows Movie Takings Pass $235 Million

  • As it approaches the end of its initial cinema run, the Dark Shadows movie has grossed over $79 million within the United States. Box Office Mojo reports that domestic grosses for the film stand at approximately $79.7 million, with an additional $156.8 million from overseas territories, making a total of $236.5 million worldwide. As we reported previously, the film comes to DVD and Blu-Ray in October.
  • The upcoming behind-the-scenes book for the Dark Shadows movie has been brought forward in the schedules and will now be released on October 26. Re-titled Dark Shadows: The Visual Companion, the final cover design is shown above. Featuring contributions from Johnny Depp, director Tim Burton and late producer Richard D. Zanuck, The Visual Companion can be pre-ordered at a discount price by clicking here. UK readers can also order the book from by clicking here.
  • Joel Harlow Designs have released a selection of concept images from Dark Shadows, showing early prosthetic make-up designs for Chloe Grace Moretz as Carolyn Stoddard, along with other unused ideas. To view the gallery online, click here.
  • And finally, website Retail Jeweller has interviewed Stephen Einhorn about his work on Dark Shadows, which included Johnny Depp's Barnabas ring and Angelique's key pendant. "I had to make two different sized rings for Johnny," says Stephen. "Tim Burton and Johnny Depp liked the ring so much they wanted it to be worn throughout the film, one for his extended finger and one to wear over his gloves."

Sunday, August 26, 2012

New Dark Shadows Costume Accessories

Costume company Elope have announced two new additions for their range of licensed Dark Shadows items. Following last year's Barnabas Collins cape, wig and ring, the company have confirmed that they are expanding their catalogue with a set of Barnabas fangs and a reproduction of the character's distinctive walking cane.

The Barnabas Collins fangs are out now and can be ordered online by clicking here. The walking cane, which will be made from wood with a metal alloy handle, is due out in January, with a suggested retail price of $32.95. It can be pre-ordered now by clicking here.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Actor Appearances

  • Lisa Richards (Sabrina Stuart) is currently appearing in the play To Quiet The Quiet, which runs at Santa Monica's Elephant Stages until September 1. "Richards' multi-layered sojourn within the fractured psyche of life-rejected Kathy offers a tangible personification of a living tragedy," praises critic Julio Martinez of the Pacifica Radio Network. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.
  • David Selby (Quentin Collins) is to appear at New York's Paley Center for a premiere screening of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. David voices Commissioner Gordon in the new animated feature. The event takes place on September 20 and more information can be found by clicking here.
  • And finally, Lara Parker (Angelique) and Kathryn Leigh Scott (Maggie Evans) will be appearing in Atlanta at the Buckhead Barnes & Noble store on September 13 from 7.00pm to sign Dark Shadows books and meet fans. For more information, contact the store directly on (404) 261 7747.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Dark Shadows Movie Comes To Blu-Ray and DVD

The recent Dark Shadows movie from Tim Burton has been announced for home video release on October 2, just in time for Halloween, available on DVD and special edition Blu-Ray. Warner Bros. have confirmed the following bonus features for the Blu-Ray version:
  • Becoming Barnabas Johnny Depp discusses his re-imagining of this iconic character.
  • Welcome to Collinsport! Explore the detailed fishing village created for the film at Pinewood Studios.
  • A Melee of Monstrous Proportions behind the scenes of the film's ambitious closing battle sequence.
  • Angelique: A Witch Scorned Johnny Depp and Eva Green discuss their characters and the century-spanning passions that bind them.
  • Reliving a Decade Strut through the Collinsport of the 1970s and discover the topsy-turvy world that Barnabas finds himself in.
  • Dark Shadowy Secrets Behind the scenes with Tim Burton’s spectacular props and special effects wizards.
  • The Collinses: Every Family Has Its Demons Explore the film's quirky characters, with Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and the rest of the cast.
  • Cooper Rocks Collinsport! Shock rock the night away with Alice Cooper, as Johnny Depp and the cast invite him to Collinwood.
  • Vampires, Witches and Werewolves, Oh My! Tim Burton reveals how he adapted some of his favourite classic movie monsters for Dark Shadows.
  • Deleted Scenes Dr. Hoffman and Elizabeth discuss Barnabas; David and Barnabas discuss dinosaurs; Carolyn and Victoria – Girl talk; The police warn Willie and Barnabas; Dr. Hoffman offers Victoria help.
The only additional content on the DVD edition will be The Collinses: Every Family Has Its Demons featurette. To pre-order Dark Shadows on Blu-Ray at a discount price, click here; To pre-order on DVD, click here. Shown below is cover artwork for both editions. Click on the thumbnails for a larger view.

Warner has also released high resolution cover artwork for the classic Dark Shadows movies House of Dark Shadows and Night of Dark Shadows, which as we recently reported, will come to BluRay and DVD in October. To pre-order House of Dark Shadows on Blu-Ray, click here; To order on DVD, click here. To pre-order Night of Dark Shadows on Blu-Ray, click here; To order on DVD, click here.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Dark Shadows Stars Face Dr. Mabuse

Three classic Dark Shadows actors have been reunited for the forthcoming independent film Dr. Mabuse, based on the classic character made famous in the films of Fritz Lang. Jerry Lacy (Reverend Trask) stars in the title role, with appearances from Kathryn Leigh Scott (Maggie Evans) and Lara Parker (Angelique).

"I've wanted to make a Dr. Mabuse film since I was 16 years old," says the film's writer and director, Ansel Faraj, who developed the project with the Dark Shadows cast in mind. "The whole time I was writing, I kept thinking 'Wouldn't Jerry Lacy be diabolical as Mabuse?', but I never thought I'd ever get him – it was just a pipe dream. The same thing happened with Madame Carrozza and Madame Von Harbau. As I was writing, I kept imagining Lara and Kathryn in the roles. Imagine my excitement when they all agreed to play these parts." 

Ansel has nothing but praise for his actors. "Jerry is unnerving as Mabuse – the way he uses his voice and his eyes... he's very threatening. Kathryn and Lara's characters are quite complex, but with just a glance or a gesture they convey so much. There's a lot more to them than meets the eye, and they both really nailed that. I think Dark Shadows fans are going to be excited to see Jerry, Kathryn, and Lara on screen together in these roles. It's been a great thrill to work on this movie with this cast."

We are pleased to share some exclusive backstage images of the Dark Shadows actors performing blue screen special effects shots. Shown are Jerry Lacy (Dr. Mabuse) and Lara Parker (Madame Carrozza); Kathryn Leigh Scott (Madame Von Harbau), Lara Parker and Nathan Wilson (Inspector Lohemann); And finally, Derek Mobraaten (Tom Smith) and Jerry Lacy. Click on the images for larger views. For more information about Dr. Mabuse, visit the production's official website

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