Monday, August 22, 2011

Blood-Thirsty Fans Flock to 2011 'Dark Shadows' Convention at Brooklyn Marriott

Dedicated fans flocked to the 45th annual  Dark Shadows  convention at the Brooklyn Marriott this past weekend. The Gothic vampire soap opera ran on ABC from 1966 – 1971, but has a huge cult following.

Dark Shadows starred the great Jonathan Frid as the vampire Barnabas Collins, Joan Bennett as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, David Selby as the ghost of Quentin Collins, Grayson Hall as Dr. Julia Hoffman, and many more (listed below).

Johnny Depp -- a long-time Dark Shadows fan himself --is collaborating with Tim Burton on a film remake as we speak. (Other cast members include Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Jackie Earle Haley, and Chloe Moretz.)

Original cast members Jonathan Frid, David Selby, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Nancy Barrett, Laura Parker, Jerry Lacy, Marie Wallace, Roger Davis, Christopher Pennock, Donna Wandrey, Kathleen Cody, Sharon Smyth, and Barbara Woronko signed autographs, performed re-enactments and answered questions. (Above: David Selby signs autographs.)

Marie Wallace, left, with a fan.

The cast answers questions.

They had a sense of humor about the whole Dark Shadows phenomena.

Fans snatched up CDs, DVDs, books and posters.

Nurse Pritchett.

The crowd filled the ballroom at the Mariott, pretty surprising for a show that last ran in 1971.

Fans get ready for the Dark Shadows Costume Gala.

For more about the 2011 Dark Shadows Convention, see the Brooklyn Heights Press blog.

Photos by MK Metz

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I used to watch that show every single day after school! Loved it!