Perhaps it is extremely unwise of me to create such a thread, but if by any sheer chance somebody wishes to discuss this magnificent horror series, feel free to do so right here, in this dedicated Old Barnabas Corner. We welcome the discussion of both the original episodes that came out in the 60s, and everything that emerged long after and in between.
Well I know it was made into a lame hollywood flick. Never saw the tv series. was it as good as the Twighlight zone tv show? that was a cool show, the 80s version was good too in my opinion that is. not really much of a tv watcher to be honest. I think hbo and netflicks is all garbage but I don't mind some old shows like the twighlight zone also blackeyes the bbc tv series, you might find that one interesting macabre.
Yeah, the modern versions of it do not interest me personally, aside from the 90s short series which look more or less promising. I also watched "House of Dark Shadows", a movie that was out while the original series were still running - it's like a super-condensed version of all the early episodes plus more elaborate special effects, I wached it prior to picking up the series themselves and it did get me started. Its Japanese cover/poster looks ... interesting.
I haven't watched Twilight Zone so I can't compare DS to it. But I do already have some solid impressions despite having completed only one subplot involving the initial appearance of Barnabas Collins, Maggie/Josette transformation and Jason McGuire's blackmail of Elizabeth. All these arcs proved to be very interesting to watch. I know that only these early episodes were shot in black & white, giving them a rather depressing (but appropriate) mood at times. I wonder how the atmosphere of the show would be affected in the technicolor episodes that will soon follow. I have little regard for tv culture, even when it concerns the past - when you could find something watchable and not damage your brain in the process - but so far I'm very pleased with Dark Shadows, it doesn't seem to suffer the many typical flaws such as imposed and dictated standards of thinking and behaviour. Instead, it focuses heavily on the story and leaves little room for subpar moralizing. Sometimes you can hardly tell it's a soap. Maybe this is because it was the time when standards were getting broken, the jolly hippie times. It's strange to see so much make-up on the actresses, which undoubtedly was the staple of that period. They all do look good, the cast is really well-picked. There's a lot of goofs like actors forgetting the lines, "mic shadows" and "brick" walls that are clearly made of something like rubber when someone is seen leaning on them. But all of this also gives DS a nice theatrical feeling, like it's something between reality and fiction, not pretending to be either. The characters for the most part are well written. I have my doubts about one heavily idealized doctor image, but I guess they just needed such a character to keep the story going. The opposite, the character of Jason - a striking example of a nasty, pro con-man - the kind this world is full of by now, incidentally. They intentionally made other characters act inconsistently and unconvincingly though, just to give him more screen time. Episodes with him can be used as a pretty good manual on how to resist verbal pressure, however most will unfortunately only see here an advice on how to inflict this on others. And the series do have an overall emphasis on psychology/psychiatry, no doubt also because of the 60s era. I read that later they should spin into more paranormal, crazed horror show with psychedelic visions and more SFX. Barnabas is great, just great. They evolved Dracula, who always seemed to be kind of personality-devoid antagonist, into something really unsettling, his intelligence and politeness makes him a really creepy fellow when he is seen dropping this mask. Very interesting look too. He almost instantly reminded me of a bat. I found out about DS in the first place thanks to Ray O'Bannon mentioning Barnabas in his "paper toys" section. There's also an actress from Suspiria playing one of the lead roles here, seems like she was extremely famous and involved in the movie world, playing parts in several other films and soap dramas.
I never use netflix, youtube or other online crap to watch any series or movies. I ... find them and then watch whenever I want (that's a lot of data though in case of soaps, even though DS is among the shortest ones!). Recently I found a site on Noblogs called "Too good for Netflix" - I was pleased to see many of the films I like listed there, Liquid Sky or Secret Garden for example
Thanks for recommendation Jinxie, I'll try it. Other show I have in mind is Forever Knight. Tried watching Xena sometime ago too, but got tired of its christian allusions.