Adam and his face that begs for caressing fingertips. Sam obliges.

Adam and his face that begs for caressing fingertips. Sam obliges.

It took several weeks in, but foxy Frankensteinian monster Adam has really grown on me – and on recovering alcoholic/blind painter Sam Evans!

Adam in doll form.

Adam in doll form.

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 simply refer to as “the monster.”

The barely verbal, hulking simpleton is portrayed by Robert Rodan, whose only credits include a single appearance on a 1963 courtroom re-enactment drama, Adam on DS and The Minx, 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.

1968 Sears Catalogue Undead Sexiness: Robert Roldan as Adam on Dark Shadows.

1968 Sears Catalogue Unholy Sexiness: Robert Roldan as Adam on Dark Shadows.

He seems to be Sam’s type as well. Since being blinded by Angelique for accepting Barnabus’s commision for an overnight rush job of painting her portrait as a 200-year-old woman, Sam has settled in rather complacently with his new disability. He’s mellow gold. It’s not just his demeanor, however; Sam is sporting a whole new look to go with his sightlessness.

Sam's new look for blindness, which also doubles for dirty old man incognito attempting to enter an adult book store private booth. He's even got the trenchcoat!

Sam’s new look for blindness, which also doubles for dirty old man incognito attempting to enter an adult book store private booth. He’s even got the trenchcoat!

He appears rather adult-book-store pervy in his dark glasses and swirly mustache, which is an ideal fit for his tender but fingery 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, seems attracted to the roguish element, the rough outsider, the unattainable other. Adam couldn’t be any more “other” – he’s crudely patched together from assorted cadavers stolen from graves – and Sam cannot keep his hands off that horrific, handsome face.


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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 cane and then his 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.

Love sometimes means paying the highest price.

Adam says farewell to his saviour Sam at the hospital.

Adam says farewell to his saviour Sam at the hospital.