R.I.P Mr. Jonathan Frid aka Barnabas Collins

R.I.P Mr. Jonathan Frid aka Barnabas Collins

twistedstoryteller123's picture

Just a few weeks before his most famous character was to be reborn, the original Barnabas Collins from Dark Shadows has died.

Jonathan Frid, the Canadian actor who brought the suave bloodsucker to life on the 1966-71 gothic soap opera, passed away from natural causes on April 13 in his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario, according to MPI Home Video, which releases the Dark Shadows.

Although I haven't really seen this show, and only know about it through word of mouth, it saddens to see another member of the horror family gone. Any thoughts regarding what this man meant to you or what you thought of him?

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HELLFIGHTER's picture

LOL. A lot of us kids used to RUSH home to try and catch an episode of DARK SHADOWS. The ATMOSPHERE was actually nicely gothic creepy so we expected quite a show. After some viewings, we were disappointed and drifted away from it. OF COURSE, lmao, it was a SOAP OPERA. All the typical soap opera nonsense with a little twist of the supernatural and darkness. Frid was excellent as Barnabas and as I said, nice atmosphere to the soap. Ben Cross did a movie portraying Barnabas. It was ok but nothing special but he did a good job.

My understanding is that Frid has a cameo in the Depp movie and met and photographed with Tim Burton and Johnny Depp. R.I.P. Frid. A death of a good person is always a sad thing. There are FEWER of us in the horror genre which makes it sadder.

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twistedstoryteller123's picture

Yeah, I might have to check Dark Shadows out sometimes, and see what it's about. I know it is a soap opera-like idea with some less than attractive sets and interesting special effets.

Spookster88's picture

I LOVE 'Dark Shadows' to this day and it will ALWAYS be one of my favorites! I heard about Frid's untimely passing and i was saddened by the news. Too bad his last appearance had to be in Tim Burton's 'comical' version of 'Shadows' instead of something dark and horror oriented to honor him. I used to like Burton's work-until he decided to butcher 'Dark Shadows' by making it a comedy-sort of a 'Brady Bunch meets the Addams Family.' NOT a distinguished way for an actor the caliber of Frid to bid farewell to the role that made him a legend in horror.


twistedstoryteller123's picture

I did manage to catch an episode, and yes the show does take itself serious. With that said, I would like to know what Tim Burton was thinking by switching it over to something more along the lines of horror comedy. And why a movie? It would have been better as a re-vamped or updated show. It was an actual show during its time, and had fans to back it up. It makes me lose respect for Mr. Burton, because this just makes it seem like he's mocking the show and not taking it seriously. Shame on you, Tim. You can do good serious horror when you want to.

Then again, what do you expect? Starsky and Hutch and the Green Hornet had the same treatment with neglegence of its original dramatic source material. Those shows were dramas, people, not comedies.

 

HELLFIGHTER's picture

I was pissed at THE GREEN HORNET remake.

twistedstoryteller123's picture

It was truly appalling. The show was a good serial thriller with aspects of drama thrown in there.

MrBradshaw's picture

Loved the TV show waaaaay back when........as for the movie I am gonna save my money.....I do not wanna see a spoof.....

Not to mention its a Tim Burton movie......I do not really care for Burton.....

By the way...I hear talk that it is now against the law for Burton to make a movie without Johnny Depp or Helena bohnam Carter

HELLFIGHTER's picture

LOL. . . . . he is MARRIED to Helena Bonham Carter and .. . . . . . hell. . . . . Depp may be their pre nup baby, lol.

I LOVE SLEEPY HOLLOW. Its one of my all time favorite flicks. I just didnt want this to be a comedy. Like the great old GREEN HORNET program. Some things deserve to keep a stronger respect for their origins.


twistedstoryteller123's picture

This show should have kept its formula with an updated look, and not take a drastic turn for the worse. Yeah, it is somewhat old to see the same characters in all of Tim Burton's movies. To be honest, the only reason I tolerate most of his movies is because of his style. The same goes for Hornet.

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