Some will think this is crazy but it is true! The 12 episodes of the Revival series are getting more attention since the Depp/Burton trailer has been released. Hulu.com is getting more traffic for that version now. Why? Fans are wanting to see what the fuss is all about and the Revival series offers a true Dan Curtis version in only 12 episodes. The curiosity is aroused once again. Curtis retained creative control over all of his productions until his death.
Now my question is, why not release to 2004 pilot so fans can compare differences? I do know this much–the new fans of the Revival series that are coming on board are saying that Ben Cross now owns the Barnabas role since the trailer’s release. Some of these new fans prefer the original but now appreciate the portrayal of Barnabas by Mr. Cross more now than they did in 1991. Like it or not, Cross stayed more true to the basic instincts of such a character than most. He tempered that battle between beast and man and is somewhat different from Frid in his approach to it.
I always say that Jonathan Frid made him more human to me as a small child, but Ben Cross made him a real “being” to me a few years back. That being said, I am glad that finally the cast of the Dark Shadows Revival series is getting some long overdue positive recognition for their attempt to breathe fresh life into the show. The late Jean Simmons was phenomenal as Elizabeth…RIP…Adrian Paul–outstanding…So was the rest of the cast–especially the duo of Ben Cross and Joanna Going.
I’ve heard the complaints about Ben’s mullet….I’ve heard the complaints about the Day for Night shots, but I’ll take that over a comedic farce any day of the week and that is what the new version will end up being–this time around. If you are fans of the Revival series, there is a page for it on FB here: https://www.facebook.com/DarkShadows.Revival . For fans of Ben Cross, his page is here and he’d love to hear from you: https://www.facebook.com/actorbencross …I’m sure Adrian Paul wouldn’t mind either…Here’s the link to his page–and he’s a phenomenal human being! Look at the things he supports! https://www.facebook.com/adrianpaulofficial If you ever watched “Highlander’ you know who Adrian Paul is, kiddies.
I also suggest Mr. Depp do one thing for his next film…Skip the White Face make up. It will not help with the Lone Ranger remake he is in either. Barnabas looks like a cross between Beetlejuice and a Vulcan. Here are both pics…Once you look at them go back and think about Beetlejuice (which starred Michael Keaton wearing the same make-up), Sweeney Todd, Edward Scissorhands, Etc…All are relatives in Depp’s character genealogy. Enough with it already!
As talented as Mr. Depp is as an actor, I am beginning to wonder what other shows I loved as a child will get laid to waste? People on Facebook and other sites are asking this also. Hopefully he will start paying attention. He is one of the best actors there is, and I will never understand why he and Burton seem to be putting more of the shows in their cross hairs. It is said that he’ll make “The Night Stalker” into a movie also. God forbid! Even the ABC ran version based on the original was not good!