MPI Media Group today announced it has completed production on the highly anticipated Master of Dark Shadows, a comprehensive celebration of the legendary Gothic daytime series Dark Shadows and its visionary creator, Dan Curtis. The feature documentary, which was shot in New York, LA and London, includes interviews with key actors and filmmakers involved in the undyingly popular story of vampire Barnabas Collins and all the eerie goings-on at the gloomy Maine mansion Collinwood. The Dark Shadows documentary was directed by David Gregory (Lost Soul, Godfathers of Mondo) and is set to be released this spring.
Narrated by Ian McShane (Deadwood), Master of Dark Shadows offers insights from Curtis himself in addition to Oscar-winning writer-producer Alan Ball (True Blood), screenwriter William F. Nolan (Trilogy of Terror), author Herman Wouk (The Winds Of War), veteran actors Whoopi Goldberg (Ghost), Barbara Steele (Black Sunday)and Ben Cross (Chariots of Fire), Dark Shadows stars Jonathan Frid, David Selby, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Lara Parker, John Karlen, Nancy Barrett, Jerry Lacy, Roger Davis, Marie Wallace, Chris Pennock and James Storm, plus other colleagues and family members.
In 1966, a phenomenon was launched when Dark Shadows debuted on ABC-TV as a daily Gothic suspense series. Airing in the late afternoon, the show attracted a massive youth audience as it shifted to the supernatural with the introduction of vulnerable vampire Barnabas Collins. Witches, ghosts and scary story lines turned Dark Shadows into a TV classic that led to motion pictures, remakes, reunions and legions of devoted fans who have kept the legend alive for five decades. Besides the 2012 Tim Burton movie reboot starring Johnny Depp, the series also spawned the 1970 spinoff film House of Dark Shadows and 1971’s Night of Dark Shadows, as well as a 1991 primetime series reboot that lasted one season.
The feature-length documentary Master of Dark Shadows reveals the fascinating history, far-reaching impact and lasting appeal of Dark Shadows with a compelling blend of rare footage and behind-the-scenes stories while also exploring the dramatic talents of creator-producer-director Dan Curtis. Known as the “King of TV Horror,” the Emmy-winning filmmaker followed Dark Shadows with other iconic genre favorites including The Night Stalker, Trilogy of Terror and Burnt Offerings before earning accolades for the epic miniseries The Winds of War and War and Remembrance.
Would you mind getting clean Muppet Show screenshots to replace the ones with Disney Channel logos on them (including Muppet Labs Pet Converter, Chris Langham zen-skiing, Chris Langham performing Hawaiian Cowboy, Side By Side By Side, Mr Dawson, Zuzu Fittzwaller, the Falling Alfonsos, the Singing Food singing Yes, We Have No Bananas in Episode 412, Muppet Sports: Wig Racing, the Bun-Bun Brothers singing Zipa-Dee-Doo-Dah, Gonzo and the farm animals singing Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens, Miss Piggy singing Some of These Days, Loretta Swit and a chorus of Muppets singing Side by Side by Side / What Would We Do Without You?, one of the pictures in Glenda Jackson's medley of several sea-chanty songs, one of Kermit and Fozzie's balcony scenes in Episode 517, Chris Langham's owl imitation, Foo-Foo's dog-act, Foo-Foo interrupting Kermit's intro, Statler and Waldorf talking about Cruelty to Animals, the backstage scene where Floyd gets left to take care of Foo-Foo, Floyd locks Foo-Foo in the drawer, Bear on Patrol: Fozzie captures an octopus, Swedish Chef: Hot Dogs, the backstage scene where Miss Piggy discovers what Floyd has done, The Electric Mayhem singing Rockin' Robin, the birds singing Take a Chance on Me and the goodnights scene where Janice asks Kermit and Piggy has anyone seen Floyd? Can you get some of the Muppet Wiki users to do that job like uploading some of the clean Muppet Show screenshots to replace the ones with Disney Channel logos on them?
I began my Dark Shadows obsession about 3 months ago when I discovered the series was available through my Amazon Prime account in Canada. I have been binge watching the show ever since. Oddly enough, when I traveled to the Wisconsin Dells for Christmas I was disappointed to find that it was not available in the U.S.
I decided that because I am at the mercy of whomever over sees the content on Amazon Prime that I splurged and purchased the entire series from Amazon.ca. When it arrived in it’s casket shaped box, with the outline of Barnabas inside (detailed by the spines of all the DVD’s) I was ecstatic!!
It includes a great booklet which outlines the episodes and actors.
I have been googling many of the actors, especially the young people who are still around today.
I have also purchased several of the books that have been written by former cast members ie: Kathryn Leigh Scott (Maggie Evans/Josette)that focus on the actors and some behind the scenes stories.
I am die hard now!!!
Adding episode images is something I'm still not able to do. When I click on the images link and then the Edit option for that page, I'm only able to add photos that appear at the top of the page and are thus not counted as episode images. I want to be able to add episode images that appear under the Media for episode "XXX" section. How is this done? Does one "drag and drop" directly into that part of the episode images page?
Am starting to watch the series from Episode 1 onwards and updating things like character appearances and links and so on. Am a little unsure re the categories section. If I add a category to a character page does it automatically add that character to the category page. Also, http://darkshadows.wikia.com/wiki/Chauffeur is listed as an "unseen character" but he is actually seen onscreen. I can't work out how to remove the category from his page. Thanks!
Hi Joe! That's great, I'm glad you're going through and updating the early episodes!
You're right about adding categories -- when you add a category to an article page, that page shows up on the category list.
To remove a category -- there's a dropdown button at the top right of the edit window. The icon is called a "hamburger" -- three lines on top of each other. Click on that, and you'll get a dropdown where you can choose Categories. A modal window will open, and you can add and remove categories from there.
Let me know if there's anything else I can help with!
There are two areas where I am having trouble with formatting: the "memorable quotes" section of the episode page and creating links for names. For memorable quotes, when I click "edit", the menu bar appears at the top of the page, but I am not able to create a separate section that has that bar running across to separate it from previous quotes. I right-clicked on "Memorbale quotes" to access the visual editor, and using the source tab was able to create that separating bar running across, but when I type a quote and click "Publish" I am asked for an "Edit summary" -- what sort of information should I type into that box? Also, for creating links for names with the use of double brackets, when I type the first set of brackets in before the name ("[["), immediately a link box pops up and I am prevented from typing in the closing brackets; this results in only the first name rather than surname as well showing up in blue. And often, the link wouldn't work. How can I get around this?
On the plus side, it turns out my Windows system has a built-in screencap accessory called "Snipping tool"; so I was able to master this function almost immediately, and I must say I'm very pleased with the results. My very first screencap upload to DS Wiki was an image of the Ralston Purina lamp in episode 1. I feel that my screencaps will be among my biggest and best contributions to DS Wiki. How about animated GIF images? Can these be uploaded here, or should it just be JPEG?
Once I have cleared up the above two issues, I'll be well on my way. Thanks again for the invite and the helpful pointers in getting started -- this endeavor has already provided hours of creative fun! :)
Hooray, the history of the Ralston-Purina lamp is finally being recorded. This is a crucial area of Dark Shadows scholarship, I'm very happy you're on the case. :)
I'm not sure that you can add that horizontal line in the visual editor, unfortunately -- or if you can, I'm not sure how. In the wikitext, it's just four dashes at the beginning of a line: ----
For adding a link: there are a couple of ways to do it.
First, #1: You can type the name that you want to link, and then highlight it and click the link icon.
Or #2: type double brackets, and the modal pops up. Start typing the name, and there should be an autocomplete panel that appears, to fill in the rest of the name for you. Select the correct item, and then click Done.
Let me know if you're still having a hard time with it.
The edit summary is to help other contributors know what you were doing, without clicking through to see the actual change. The summary appears on the Wiki Activity page, and in the article history. It can be something simple like "adding picture" or "adding quote", or just don't put anything -- you don't have to.
An edit summary really matters when you're doing something bigger than a simple change -- like, "putting the list of appearances in alphabetical order" or "moving the paragraph about DVD releases from the lead section to a section further down the page, it's not important enough to be in the lead". When somebody looks at the change you made, it'll help them understand your intentions. This is especially helpful if you make a mistake, because it's easier to fix somebody else's edit if you understand what they were trying to do in the first place. :)
I don't actually know about GIFs -- I've never tried. Try it out, and see what happens. It probably works fine.
I'm really glad you're working on the wiki know -- I don't know why I never thought of asking! You're perfect for this place, and vice versa.
Ah, thanks so much, Danny, for your thoughtful reply. I'll try adding the four dashes for memorable quotes, and if it still blends in with previous posts, I can always undo it. :)
For some reason on the Wiki activity page, those 4 photos I added today to episode 1 showed up as by an anonymous contributor, but when you click on them from the images section of the episode page, it shows my handle. Don't know what happened there, but I suppose it's the episode page itself that counts in the long run.
Yes, contributing to this DS Wiki sure is fun. Whereas I would usually watch my DVDs up in my room on a little 9-inch screen DVD player, now I'm looking at episodes on my computer, which has better speakers and more volume, and also the full screen viewing option, which, for the first time, and with the aid of a hand-held magnifying glass, enabled me to identify the brand name of the Blue Whale jukebox -- one of the few times any such common brand names ever appeared on the show.
Well, it's great to be here. Now I'm spending more time on DS Wiki than ever -- creating these screencaps sure is fun. :)
Hello, yes I am an avid fan and I was anxiously awaiting a moment when the bartender actually speaks. He had a higher voice than I imagined. Unfortunately I made spelling errors in my first contributions and wasn't sure how to delete the ones I posted earlier. I may have put up several similar additions with incorrect spellings. I am not sure. If I did could you delete all but the last one. I think I got it right finally. I am handicapped in a wheelchair due to an accident so I watch a lot of Dark Shadows to help cope with this permanent pain. I have most of the series except for a few discs that are damaged somehow. I maybe should just reorder the whole series from MPI or Ebay or Amazon. I heard they come in a coffin looking case. Hate to spend the money again but maybe finally I will get them all. Happy viewing. I watch everyday.
Thank you. They had closeout sale at three separate malls in Oahu, Hawaii. I lived there for Seven years. But they are called the beginning and they were half price. I zoomed around to all three stores and bought two at each store and have the complete collection. Love the eligant way people spoke back then and at the end they advertise what will be on TV in 1966 or1967 on that day. Kinda amazing what was primetime back then. Hope you get a chance to watch these someday. Some really great acting in those early years. Thanks for fixing my flubs. I will read the hints and study proper posting should I find some other interesting firsts on the show. Happy viewing.