Original Barnabas, Jonathan Frid, Passes Away

- 04-19-12Uncategorized Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

Dark Shadows star and fellow Canadian Jonathan Frid has passed away at the age of 87, according to Digital Spy.

“The 87-year-old actor reportedly died of natural causes at Juravinski Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario,” says the website. “Frid also starred in 1973 television movie The Devil’s Daughter and 1974 film horror Seizure. He filmed a cameo appearance – his final acting credit – in Tim Burton’s forthcoming film remake of Dark Shadows, which stars Johnny Depp as Barnabas.”

Frid spent much of his career outside of Dark Shadows on the stage, from production on Broadway to across North America. But needless to say he will always be associated with the vampire patriarch of the Collins clan from the gothic nighttime soap produced by ABC through the 60s and 70s. And naturally, the remembrances for Frid, and his place in pop culture history, are rolling in.

“The death of Jonathan Frid today at age 87 has left all of us at MPI deeply saddened,” said Malik Ali, CEO of MPI Media Group, home of the Dark Shadows Series on DVD “As a gifted actor in the role of Barnabas Collins, Jonathan was the heart and soul of ‘Dark Shadows’ and, as recently as last week, was graciously taking part in activities surrounding the series. He never tired of meeting fans and was always excited to hear about new ‘Dark Shadows’ releases. Most recently, Frid filmed a cameo appearance for Tim Burton and Johnny Depp’s upcoming ‘Dark Shadows’ movie, along with fellow original cast members Kathryn Leigh Scott, David Selby and Lara Parker. MPI remains committed to preserving Jonathan’s legacy, and that of everyone who helped make ‘Dark Shadows’ an enduring and beloved phenomenon.”

Rest in Peace Mr. Frid.

Source: Comic Book Movie

Burton on Liking the Original ‘Dark Shadows': Not so Much with the Enjoyment

- 03-26-12Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

The 1960s gothic soap Dark Shadows has a lot of fans, but it seems that Dark Shadows remake director Tim Burton is not one of them. In an interview with The L.A. Times Hero Complex blog,  Burton talked about the original show and how he wasn’t a huge fan of it, but hey, he liked it enough to want to make a movie version of it.

“I think you could say it was actually awful. It’s a different animal. If I go back and watch something like Star Trek, it’s not that hard to analyze what the appeal was, and even if the show is dated you identify what it was that made it work. The Dark Shadows appeal was a little more abstract,” he said. “What I loved about it was the fact that it was a melodramatic soap opera, and, well, that flies in the face of any modern studio’s interests as far as moviemaking. But what we’ve gone for is a mixture, and that’s always what I’ve been interested in; I think most of my movies are mixtures of light and dark and serious things and things that have humor in them.”

Well, that should ignite some nerd rage. But if you’re starting to have doubts, let’s keep in mind that Dark Shadows star Johnny Depp is actually a Dark Shadows fan, and probably wouldn’t sign on to something that didn’t do the show justice.

“It was a real thing for me, I had to watch it, and it was tough, because you’d miss the beginning—it started at like 3 p.m., but that’s when we got out of school,” Depp said. “And then it moved later because all the kids wrote in letters. When you met someone who knew the show and loved it, there was an instant connection.”

Also, it’s worth remembering that Burton was an admirer of Franklin J. Schaffner’s Planet of the Apes, and we all know how that turned out. “I wasn’t interested in doing a remake or a sequel of the original Planet of the Apes film,” said Burton at the time. “But I was intrigued by the idea of revisiting that world. Like a lot of people, I was affected by the original film. I wanted to do a ‘re-imagining’.”

Think about it…

Source: Blastr