Something to sink my teeth into

I thought the new header for the blog, shown above, looked familiar, but I couldn’t put my finger on it.  Then it came to me: it’s an awful lot like the title card from a favorite afternoon TV show from my youth:

I hadn’t thought about that in years.

Curious, I did a little Googling and found, to my amazement, that Jonathan Frid (a.k.a. Barnabas Collins) is alive and well and living in Canada, where he operates his very own website and attends fan conventions and signs autographs.  He also reportedly makes a cameo in the new Tim Burton/Johnny Depp iteration of the Gothic soap, due out this summer.

Here’s Barnabas from the 1960s:

And here’s Jonathan Frid today — slightly less scary:


  1. I was a big Dark Shadows junkie, back in the day. I’ll have to see this movie.
    Used to try to talk my mom into watching it for me when I was in high school. She said it gave my little sister nightmares, so no deal. Nice to be able to DVR stuff now.

  2. Joanne K McPortland says:

    Great old piece from This American Life on the Dark Shadows convention:

  3. LLS in SCV says:

    I used to run home everyday from Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, home to Fleet Street to watch!
    I was probably in 4th or 5th grade when I began watching!
    Too bad Johnny Depp’s version is going to be so campy, and not the eerie gothic soap. Today’s generation is missing out.

  4. I am looking with great anticipation to May11 when the film comes out. Even though it is going to be a comedy of sorts, I think Depp will pull it off. The tv series was such a low budget production I can’t wait to see what Burton does with it.

  5. Katie Angel says:

    I wasn’t a big TV watcher when I was young (still not, as a matter of fact) but my husband absolutely LOVED that show. For Christmas in 2007, I bought him Barnabas Collin’s cane as part of his gift = and he used it until the day he died. It is now used by my father who, at 81, needs a little extra support. He gets comments about it all the time and cherishs it all the more because it used to belong to his son-in-law.

    As for the movie, I’ll be seeing it with my daughter and son-in-law and remembering my darling, beloved and still incredibly missed George.

  6. My sister got me watching this when I was young…it was a mixed bag, I liked it (loved Quinten) but also started to be afraid of who was in the closet!

    Netflix has these episodes on their streaming video…I watched a few and it brought back memories. For such a low budget show, it was still scary. : )

    I don’t think I will watch the movie, not my thing now and although I liked Depp in shows like Willie Wonka, I like the original better.

  7. I was searching on twitter at this morning’s news of the death of Jonathan Frid and found this post from your blog. He apparently died on April 13th at the age of 87. I remember Sister Helen Ursula would be so exasperated by us fourth grade girls that she’d have one of us stand up and tell everyone what had happened on the previous day’s episode to stop us from whispering it among ourselves. We secretly believed she was into it, too! My Mom said she and the neighbors had a strange attraction to his character even though Mr. Frid was no Brad Pitt type; there was just something about him. He has a cameo in the new movie, but too bad he couldn’t bask in the fuss around that. Rest in peace, Mr. Frid.

  8. I just read this today..I also agree it was sad he couldn’t be around for the movie. May he rest in peace.

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