My husband and I went to see Dark Shadows last night. Although not a huge fan of Tim Burton I thought he did justice to the original and brought the story up into the 21st century in a most entertaining way. The younger crowd seemed much less enamored with the story of Barnabus Collins. They probably expected something more akin to the vampire genre of today only to find themselves just not getting it
As one of those young tween girls who rushed home so as not to miss Dark Shadows, I’m glad they don’t get it. Dark Shadows was a “soap opera” in the prime of daytime soap operas. It was filled with love, betrayal, danger, passion, and the twists that soaps were famous for. We all fell for Barnabus Collins, hook, line and sinker. Our bedroom walls were covered with posters from all the magazines that had capitalized on our fascination. It was as those he looked through the tv screen into our eyes. He was dangerously sexual at a time when we didn't even know what that was.
All this and he was no Justin Beiber. Why, he was not even that attractive and a kind of no special effects frightening. Yet, he managed to make us worry about him, yearn to comfort him and keep track of his story religiously. For a while I was a girl dreaming of a television vampire.
So thanks to Tim Burton for not disgracing Collinwood and to Johnny Depp for rekindling my attraction to Barnabus Collins. You gave me a wonderful evening in which I took great delight in the younger generation just not getting it.