Meanwhile in South Collinsport…
It’s a shame Boris Karloff never made a guest appearance on “Dark Shadows” as dear Aunt Catherine from Boston.
If Barnabas a Collins showed up at Collinwood in 1922.
I think Barnabas would gave had more luck wooing Victoria is he’d given her a box of candy instead.
Found on Leandro Kemp Ckemente’s Facebook page.
This comic book gave me an inspiration for a gorilla storyline on “Dark Shadows” (I’ve posted that idea once or twice).
So Chris Jennings becomes an expert chemist (certainly feasible on a soap opera) and creates a serum that could cure his lycanthropy. Julia warns him against using an untest drug but he’s desperate. Unbeknownst to him, Sabrina had previously attended a circus in Collinsport where she had the opportunity to pet a gorilla.
A single gorilla hair clings to her sweater. While visiting Chris’s lab, she brushes against the lab table, the gorilla hair becomes dislodged and drifts about the room before settling on the rim of Chris’s serum beaker.
That single hair alters the composition of the chemicals and when Chris drinks it, an unfortunate side affect occurs!
Later there are several murders in town and Chris is convinced he is guilty. It is eventually discovered that the circus owner has trained his gorilla as an assassin.
I’ve been reading about “Burnt Offering” the 1976 film directed by Dan Curtis. I know I saw it but I don’t remember any details so I’m relying on the description from Wikipedia and other sources.
What struck me was that it could easily have been another movie in the “Blank of Dark Shadows” franchise. Here’s the description from Amazon: A family finds it hard to believe that for only $900 they’ve rented a sprawling old country mansion for the entire summer. But as they settle into their isolated estate with their son and aunt (Davis), they find themselves surrounded by a living presencean evil, hypnotic, occult force that feeds on torture, fear and murder.
I could only find a pricey copy on Amazon ($39) or a digital download. BUT if Curtis had reshaped it into a Dark Shadow film I think it would currently be receiving the same Bluray treatment as “House” and “Night”.
Marie Wallace would have been a perfect replacement for the scenery chewing Karen Black. And Chris Pennock as her husband (fulfilling Megan’s unnatural attraction to Jeb). They have a son so David Henesey would have a role. And their Aunt Elizabeth? Joan Bennett of course in the Bette Davis role! And you can’t have a Dark Shadows movie with Thayer David and Grayson Hall who would be perfect for the creepy owners.
Somewhere in a Parallel Time “Curse of Dark Shadows” is a hit!