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FIRST LOOK – WATCH: “Master of Dark Shadows” Documentary – Trailer

MPI Media Group has officially released the trailer and announced the release date for it the highly anticipated Master of Dark Shadows, narrated by actor Ian McShane.

MoDS is a comprehensive celebration of the legendary Gothic daytime series Dark Shadows and its visionary creator, Dan Curtis.

In 1966, Dark Shadows debuted on ABC-TV as a daily Gothic suspense series. Airing in the late afternoon, the show attracted a massive youth audience as it shifted to the supernatural with the introduction of vulnerable vampire Barnabas Collins. Witches, ghosts and scary story lines turned Dark Shadows into a TV classic that led to motion pictures, remakes, reunions and legions of devoted fans.

The 50+ tear old series maintains a cult following to this day, and is available on DVD. The show also employed numerous gay actor many in lead roles including Barnabas Collins played by Johnathan Frid.

The documentary will be available across digital platforms and on DVD April 16.




Dark Shadows’ Jonathan Frid, The One And ONLY Barnabas Collins Passes Away At 87

Jonathan Frid, best known for playing Barnabas Collins in the 1960s original vampire soap opera “Dark Shadows”, has died of natural causes in a hospital in his home town of Hamilton, Ontario.

Frid served in the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War. After graduating from Hamilton’s McMaster University, he got a degree in directing at the Yale School of Drama and studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London.

Frid starred in various theater productions with illustrious actors including Katharine Hepburn. But it was his turn in “Dark Shadows” and its first feature film adaptation, “House of Dark Shadows,” that made him a commercial success and kept him busy throughout his career with reunions, fan events and dramatic readings.

At the height of his career twenty million people watch him perform his perform his love lorn vampire Barnabas Collins on the the show at its peak in 1969. His character was added to the faling soap opera in in 1967, a last ditch effort to save the show whosfrom cancellation, which it did and Frid stayed on until the end of its run in 1971

Frid who was gay, never married and  is survived by a nephew, Donald Frid.

At Frid’s request, there will be no funeral and there and no memorial dervice