It took a few weeks in, but foxy Frankensteinian Adam has really grown on me – and on recovering alcoholic/blind painter Sam Evans!
Recently blinded by a curse from Angelique, Sam is feeling vulnerable but uncharacteristically empathetic – and inexorably drawn to the new character Adam, whom most of the other Collinsport residents refer to as “the monster.”
The barely verbal, hulking simpleton is portrayed by Robert Rodan, whose only icredits include Adam on DS and an American/Swedish eurosleaze hidden camera film from 1969, which received the following curt review from an imdb viewer:
The only reason to see this film is to see Dark Shadows cast member Robert Rodan bare his tush. Once that thrilling moment passes, the film is utterly worthless, so poorly made it’s not even campy.
I’m sold! But in the meantime, while I’m assiduously tracking down said Swedish smut, I’ll have to content myself with Rodan as Adam, who plays a personal favorite sort of sexy guy: outsized, laconic, not so bright, somewhat menacing, and simmering with hints of hideousness while looking hot as fuck in a wool turtleneck.
He seems to be Sam’s type as well. Since being blinded by Angelique for the overnight rush job of painting her portrait as a 200-year-old woman, Sam has settled in rather complacently with his new disability. It’s not just his demeanor, however; Sam is sporting a whole new look to go with his sightlessness.
He appears rather adult-book-store pervy in his dark glasses with his swirly mustache, which is perfect for his tender scene with Adam, whom he has realized is the monster who kidnapped Carolyn and held her prisoner in an abandoned root cellar.
Perhaps this element of savagery provides the key to his appeal:
Sam, like Jean Genet, is attracted to the roguish element, the rough outsider, the unattainable other. Adam couldn’t be any more “other” – he’s amateurishly patched together from assorted cadavers stolen from graves – and Sam cannot keep his hands off that horrific, handsome face.
But like all rough trade, Adam carries real threat along with his heat, and ultimately Sam’s infatuation with the sex-infused, re-animated creature leads him to doom, as Adam ends up cracking Sam’s skull after Willie fails to placate him with shiny jewelry. And so as I welcome Adam into my heart, I must bid sad farewell to stalwart Sam Evans and actor David Ford.