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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: Read the rest of this entry »

The male cast of Dark Shadows has already proven itself to me as the gayest in television history, with actors running the gamut of onscreen persona from snobbish queen and fussy dandy (Louis Edmonds as Roger) to dreamboat hunk (Joel Crothers as Joe/Lt. Forbes) to rugged suit man (Anthony George as Burke #2/Jeremiah) to outlandishly queer outcast (Jonathan Frid as Barnabas), but lo and behold, in March of 1968, they’ve outdone themselves with the brief addition of Craig Slocum, playing ne’er-do-well sailor Read the rest of this entry »

Barnabas may have terrorized me as a child, but Jonathan Frid’s stumbling through dialogue with his desperate paraphrasing and faulty improvisation brings me no end of delight as an adult. This snippet from March of ’68 (in the 1795 storyline) contains back-to-back treasures related to Angelique and the curse she set upon Barnabas, as explained to Joshua Collins, played by Read the rest of this entry »

So now the almost entirely gay male cast has been granted new characters (save for Jonathan Frid, who gets his first shot at the pre-vampire Barnabas) and transported back to 1795, where men were men and wore trousers nearly tight enough for determining circumcision status.

In the scene where Barnabas confirms that he will be marrying Angelique, Lt. Forbes seems distressed, enough so to march over, outrageously splay his legs, and all but thrust his dick into Barnabas’s trembling mouth.

Frid plays the broken man here, still in his mourning attire but wearing gratuitously applied make-up, while Joel Crothers appears quite comfortable preening in Lt. Nathan Forbes’ anachronistic naval uniform, which looks as though a grandmother’s complete spoon collection has been affixed to the lapels. Now armed with a phallic saber and pre-1970s seventies sideburns, the actor reaches dizzying degrees of Read the rest of this entry »

Admittedly, I have been somewhat bored by my first foray into Dark Shadows time travel, but rest assured I perked up when Naomi Collins suffered this nightmare after the terrifying tarot card reading by the Countess Du Pres, whose disembodied voice is heard coaxing Naomi along toward the thrilling, shocking, and  all-around delightful conclusion of her dream, which I am not sure was inspired more by those ominous tarot cards or by Angelique’s witchery. Maybe Read the rest of this entry »

Jonathan Frid was renowned for flubbing lines and paraphrasing Dark Shadows dialogue, much to the frustration of its writers, but most of the time he carries it off fairly well. In this instance, however, he seems to have painted himself into a corner with some unfortunate improvisation as Barnabas threatens to kill Dr. Julia Hoffman for the thousandth time. Grayson Hall attempts Read the rest of this entry »

What a fantastic addition to the Dark Shadows cast is Grayson Hall as Dr. Julia Hoffman, one of the most esteemed if not mysterious psychotherapists/hematologists in New England. She’s cunning, duplicitous, sardonic, and stylish, all qualities in evidence as she inserts her cigarette into its glamourous holder and lights it with one of the zillion candles in the Old House, all while threatening Barnabas, waving off his constant menacing to kill her as she focuses her attention on a swank Read the rest of this entry »

The transition from b/w to color on Dark Shadows has proven jarring and arduous for me. Long accustomed to the crisp picture in black and white, with its accompanying and fitting chiaroscuro facilitated by purposeful lighting (a rarity for soaps in the sixties), I found the dark, Gothic images to meld perfectly with my mind on the verge of sleep. It’s hard to fathom Dark Shadows providing me with a natural Barnabas-Barbituate, but Read the rest of this entry »

Willie and Jason at the Blue Whale

Jason McGuire and Willie Loomis make the most blatantly sex-charged duo to hit Collinsport thus far. The eyes tell it all.

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At the eve of the ascension of Barnabas Collins, I’ve come to view Dark Shadows is one of the queerest television series in history. Now I’m beginning to better understand why I was obsessed by this morose soap opera at age four: I bore the imprint of what I saw on the screen. I was drawn to something I was incapable of Read the rest of this entry »

Louis Edmonds plays Roger Collins as such a catty queen that I have to wonder how much of his dialogue was written as such and how much was improvised. In one of the bonus interviews from the dvd collection, Diana Millay, who played his estranged and undead wife, stated that Edmonds was constantly missing his marks Read the rest of this entry »