Saturday, July 23, 2011

David Selby, Jonathan Frid, Lara Parker and Kathryn Leigh Scott Will Have Cameos in the Dark Shadows Movie

Hermes Press hosted a DARK SHADOWS panel with Lara Parker (Angelique), Kathryn Leigh Scott (Maggie Evans and Josette du Pres), Jim Pierson (consulting producer for the new Dark Shadows film), and the son of series creator Dan Curtis. It was moderated by publisher Daniel Herman. The big news was that four of the original cast members will be making cameos in Tim Burton's new film.

Parker and Scott shared the news that they, along with both David Selby (Quentin Collins) and Jonathan Frid (Barnabas Collins), will be making cameos, and spent three days at Pinewood Studios during the filming of Burton's upcoming Dark Shadows movie.

They also thanked Johnny Depp (who plays Barnabas in the new version) for all the kind words and tributes he has given the 45-year-old show, especially as it relates to Frid and his performance. The icing on the cake was Depp telling Frid in person, "None of this would be here if it wasn't for you."

Scott went on to describe the film as not an homage, but "so inclusive", and she believes Burton's vision is not reverential, just "a damn good movie." She and Parker joked about how both Helen Bonham Carter and Michelle Pfeiffer are hooked on the old episodes of the series. Originally Bonham Carter wanted to play Angelique but now loves being Dr. Julia Hoffman - she's "eating it up!"

It was confirmed by Pierson that Danny Elfman is doing the music for the adaptation, but Bob Cobert's original TV theme also plays a part. Dan Curtis' son chimed in that he feels like we (the DARK SHADOWS fans) are in good hands as Depp has promised "poetry" in the final product.


  1. I am so happy to hear that some of the original "Dark Shadows" cast will be included in Burton's film adaptation. Still though, I am nervous about the new "DS" movie. The last thing that I want is for it to tarnish or minimize the original show in a any way. But nonetheless, this news put my mind slightly at ease (for now at least).

  2. Also being an original fan of the show, running home from school to watch it, I channeled my own inspiration into a song called "Barnabas Collins". Sung in the first person, it captures my sense of Barnabas' struggle. I'd love to get it into the right hands to see if it would fit with the movie.

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  3. How nice-wonderful that some of the original legendary Cast members of DARK SHADOWS: J. Frid (Barnabas Collins), L. Parker (Angelique), Kathy Leigh Scott (Maggie/Josette) and D. Selby (Quentin Collins) will make a guest Camero appearance on Tim BURTON's new adaptation movie on the much beloved Classic DARK SHADOWS. All I have to say is just hold true to the core of the DS's Script-storyline(s) that legendary/Creator-Writer Dan Curtis & other legend DS's writers and you won't go wrong. I know it's gonna be chilly-ground breaking: starring the very talented Actor Johnny Depp and a incrediable line-up and origional DS's members so mentioned above making a camero guest appearance. I lov' DS and the whole legendary Cast! Can't wait to see this new chilly adaption in 2012.