Tag Archives: Dark Shadows
[RM intern Charlotte Stear puts witchy horror host Penny Dreadful on the ducking stool for a Sinister Seven.]
It’s been a hard life for Penny Dreadful. After being burned at the stake, it’s quite applaudable she’s back from the ashes and now hosts her own horror show, Shilling Shockers. Airing from Massachusetts with help from her werewolf husband Garou, monster hunter Dr. Manfred Von Bulow and friend Luna 13, the show features ongoing stories that bookend classic horror movies and has gained a growing cult following.
In addition to my Dark Shadows coverage for this month’s issue of Rue Morgue, I was fortunate enough to be able to write a piece on the obscure Canadian TV series Strange Paradise – a program which was actually created to take advantage of the success of the monster-filled DS. A fantastically offbeat show featuring supernatural elements like voodoo, reincarnation, witchcraft and demonic possession, it ran here in Canada weekday afternoons (on the CBC, believe it or not) from October 1969 to July 1970. Though never to enjoy the same level of popularity as Dark Shadows, Strange Paradise did spawn a few pieces of memorabilia, some of which I thought I’d showcase here.
Though it’s been 41 years since the cult daytime drama Dark Shadows originally left the airwaves, the coffin never really remained shut on vampire Barnabas Collins and the show’s cast of other creepy characters. Between spinoff movies, syndicated repeats on television, yearly fan conventions, a 1991 remake series, merchandise and numerous home video releases, interest in the gothic sudser has remained strong throughout the decades.
To celebrate the May issue of Rue Morgue and our coverage of both the original 1966-71 television classic and the soon-to-be released film version from Tim Burton (out this Friday, May 11), here is a look at some of the various Dark Shadows collectibles that have been produced over the past 46 years.
One of the things we love about Alice Cooper is that he’s a genuine horror geek with a big love for a lot of ghoulish stuff. That includes the original Dark Shadows. He was so excited to be in Tim Burton’s remake that he invited us to ring him up to talk about the show, his role in the film and vampires in general. Here’s what The Coop’ had to say…
Behold the illustrated cover of our May issue, featuring this regal portrait of Dark Shadows’ Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid) by RM Art Director Justin Erickson. We gathered the cast of the original gothic soap opera to discuss the show’s enduring legacy, and then got director Tim Burton on the black and white-striped telephone to talk about his upcoming feature film adaptation starring Johnny Depp. On stands May 1! Also available for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android platforms, PC and Mac for only $4.99.
Click past the jump for a full-scale look at the cover!
Cult film writer/director and pencil moustache-revivalist John Waters delivers a personal recommendation for Rue Morgue readers in the new trailer for the May issue of Rue Morgue #111! Proponents of hairy-yet-refined upper lips will also want to take note of the exclusive close-ups we got of his trademark mouthbrow.
The Direct Energy Centre was host this past weekend to the Wizard World Toronto Comic Con and I dropped by the event to see what kind of terrifying toys and monstrous movie memorabilia was available for purchase.
The annual San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) is paradise for collectors of horror and monster-related toys and from what I’ve seen online, this year’s event was no exception. As I was unable to attend the show, I asked RM Editor-in-Chief Dave Alexander if he would pick me up this set of figures over there based on the creepy 60s TV soap opera Dark Shadows. The creation of a brand new toy company named Spectre Toys this first wave of just-released 8-inch figures consists of reluctant vampire Barnabas Collins, evil witch Angelique Bouchard (responsible for putting a curse of vampirism on poor Barnabas) and a Comic-Con exclusive: the tragic werewolf character Chris Jennings.