I watched Dark Shadows--a gothic soap opera, in it's first run every day after school and I loved every hokey, campy, blooper-fill minute of it.
Barnabas Collins, played by the now 82-y.o. retired Jonathan Frid, was sublime in the role of the tormented, lovelorn vampire.
I never aspired to be like him but rather the scheming witch, "Angelique." Murderous, conniving and utterly beautiful she left me rapt every time she graced the screen. Played by Lara Parker (right) she was a delight.
Johnny Depp is pairing with Warner Bros. on a movie version of the classic supernatural soap opera Dark Shadows, with Depp playing lead vampire Barnabas Collins. Source
Depp has long counted himself among the legion of Dark Shadows devotees and has stated in past interviews that he's dreamt of playing Barnabas ever since he was a kid.
The groundbreaking Dark Shadows ran for 1,125 episodes from 1966 to 1971, chronicling the strange goings-on around the mysterious Collins family in their estate in Maine. Populated by myriad macabre characters, including vam
pires, witches, werewolves, ghosts and zombies, the show spawned a cult following, numerous fan conventions and various attempts to resurrect the program after the network ended it run.