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4 Reasons to Get Excited for Burton & Depp’s ‘Dark Shadows’

by Liz Shannon Miller, Fri., Dec. 25, 2009 9:05 PM PST

Dark Shadows

Twilight fans, you might think that no one has ever loved vampires like you do, that there’s no way your parents could understand the passion you have for sweet, tortured Edward Cullen.  That’s because you probably haven’t head of Dark Shadows

Decades before Stephenie Meyer put pen to paper, the 1960s gothic soap opera was entertaining daytime TV fans with tales of witches, werewolves, and, yes, blood-sucking fiends of the night.  There have been many attempts to remake the series since its original airing, but with the recent vampire craze comes a new stab at the Dark Shadows world – and this one stands a real shot of happening because Tim Burton and Johnny Depp are partnering to remake it.

The reasons for their involvement are simple: Burton was an old-school fan of the series, and as a boy Depp was obsessed with the central character, vampire Barnabas Collins, originally played by Jonathan Frid, who made the pulses of young ladies race even as he failed to resist his darker urges.  Production on the film the 1991 version on Hulu. Take a look and ask yourself – in these crowded times, is there room for a Team Barnabas?

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