Photo Coverage: DARK SHADOWS Celebrates 50th Anniversary

The legendary Gothic-suspense, supernatural series 'Dark Shadows' debuted in June of 1966 and became a cult sensation, attracting 20 million housewives and teenagers at its peak each afternoon with spooky tales and alluring characters including the vulnerable vampire Barnabas Collins, played by the late Jonathan Frid.

Now a half century later fans still come out to meet some of 'Dark Shadows' original stars and production staff. A few weeks past fames met will for a spookacular event entitled DARK SHADOWS 50th ANNIVERSARY HALLOWEEN IN HOLLYWOOD.

Among the special guests that attended were Lara Parker (who portrayed the beautiful but evil witch Angelique), John Karlen (vampire caretaker Willie Loomis), Kathryn Leigh Scott (waitress/governess Maggie Evans), Jerry Lacy (Reverend Trask), Roger Davis (romantic hero Peter Bradford), James Storm (menacing ghost Gerard), James Hall (Original Willie Loomis) and Lisa Richards (werewolf girlfriend Sabrina Stuart).

Emmy and Grammy-nominated composer Robert Cobert was on hadbe to sign copies of the 'Original Music From Dark Shadows' soundtrack, a Top 20 album from 1969 that remains in the Top 10 best-selling television scores of all time.

DARK SHADOWS 50th ANNIVERSARY HALLOWEEN IN HOLLYWOOD allowed fans to meet the actors, receive complimentary autographs, enjoy a cast reunion with a question-and-answer session, dramatic and musical performances by the stars, rare video screenings, a memorabilia flea market, and a costume event with the guests.

The event will also celebrate the publication of Lara Parker's new novel 'Dark Shadows - The Heiress of Collinwood' which will make its debut prior to its November publication. A preview of a new major 'Dark Shadows' documentary will also be shown. Special 50th anniversary commemorative merchandise includes apparel, a retro-styled lunchbox and a DVD collection from MPI.

After the original 'Dark Shadows' daytime series of 1,225 episodes ended in 1971, the romantic thriller has lived on in reruns, DVDs, a 1990s primetime mini-series, theatrical films ('House of Dark Shadow' & 'Night of Dark Shadows'), a Johnny Depp-Tim Burton feature film adaptation) and regular fan conventions since 1983.

The tradition of Reunion Events continues every year. For information on the 2017 reunions, please contact Marcy at shadow gram@aol.com or shadowgram1@yahoo.com.

PHOTOS COURTESY OF ROBERT HOFFMAN

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