Friday, August 19, 2011

'Dark Shadows!' Vampires, Werewolves and Zombies Invade Brooklyn This Weekend

UPDATE: We went to the convention! Photos here.

Downtown Brooklyn will be ground zero for vampires, witches, warlocks, zombies and their fans this weekend when the annual Dark Shadows Festival comes to the Brooklyn Marriott.

Dark Shadows, a Gothic vampire ABC soap opera, aired on ABC-TV from 1966 to 1971. An "intense" cult fan following has kept the show alive all these years. Many of the original cast and crew will be at the convention to answer questions, re-enact and sign autographs.

According to Dark Shadow News, event highlights include a dramatic performance from Jonathan Frid and David Selby, acting together for the first time in 40 years, a panel on the new Dark Shadows movie, and a presentation about the history of Seaview Terrace. The Festival concludes with a special gala banquet, which will feature a special Dark Shadows 45th Anniversary awards ceremony, with each attendee receiving an autographed picture of Jonathan Frid (who is pictured above). Schedule here.

According to Wikipedia, "The series became hugely popular when vampire Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid) appeared a year into its run. Dark Shadows also featured werewolves, zombies, man-made monsters, witches, warlocks, time travel, and a parallel universe."

The Dark Shadows remake, starring Johnny Depp and directed by Tim Burton, is due for release on May 11, 2012.According to Dark Shadows News, four actors from the original series have filmed cameo appearances. Jonathan Frid (Barnabas Collins), Lara Parker (Angelique), David Selby (Quentin Collins) and Kathryn Leigh Scott (Maggie Evans) all recently flew to England and spent three days on set at Pinewood Studios. More here.

More Brooklyn Zombie News

- Luna Park is searching for evil scarecrows, zombies and clowns for their Nights of Horror. Luna Park  (click third dot from left)

- Drink punch. Do the Hokey Pokey. Eat your date's brains. BITE (Brooklyn Innovative Theatre Experience) presents Prom Night of the Living Dead -- an interactive horror play. Living Dead Prom

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