'Master of Dark Shadows': Premiers Saturday, April 13, 2019 Mar 7, 2019 3:13:23 GMT -5
Post by Graveyardbride on Mar 7, 2019 3:13:23 GMT -5
Master of Dark Shadows: The Gothic World of Dan Curtis - Saturday, April 13, 2019
The world premier of Master of Dark Shadows is scheduled for 2 p.m., Saturday, April 13, at
The Paley Center for Media
25 W. 52nd Street
New York, New York
The new documentary, Master of Dark Shadows, reveals the impact and appeal of Dark Shadows, while also exploring the creative mind of producer/director Dan Curtis. Known as the “King of TV Horror,” the Emmy-winning filmmaker was also responsible for other iconic genre favorites including The Night Stalker, Triology of Terror and Burnt Offerings.
Immediately after the screening, a question-and-answer session and discussion will be held on stage with original Dark Shadows stars and other personnel, followed by an autograph session.
Festivities will continue a few blocks away at the historic Empire Hotel where Dark Shadows held rehearsals during its first months on the air in 1966. Beginning at 5:30 p.m., a buffet dinner reception with the stars will include a special Dark Shadows Gift Bag containing an array of merchandise and collectibles including a never-before-available color 8x10 photograph signed by original cast members available to attendees only. The event will end at 8 p.m., though fans are welcome to remain at the hotel bar for drinks and mingling.
Guests will include Lara Parker (Angelique), Kathryn Leigh Scott (Maggie Evans, Josette DuPres), Sharon Smythe (Sarah Collins), Marie Wallace (Eve, Danielle Rogét, Jenny Collins, Megan Todd) and Donna Wandery (Roxanne Drew). Other surprise guests will be announced later.
The Empire Hotel
44 W. 63rd Street
New York, New York
In 1966 (53 years ago), Dark Shadows debuted on ABC as a daily Gothic suspense series. Gradually, ghosts were introduced, then a phoenix, but it wasn’t until vampire Barnabas Collins was released from his coffin that the soap opera became a sensation. Soon, kids were hurrying home after school, college students were crowding into common rooms and housewives were rescheduling their activities to see what the latest ghost, vampire, witch, werewolf or other creature of the supernatural would do next. First Lady Pat Nixon and daughter Tricia were fans, as was Jackie Onassis. On Halloween 1969, Tricia Nixon invited Barnabas (Jonathan Frid) to the White House. Though the series ended in April 1971, by that time, Dark Shadows had attained cult classic status and remakes, resurrections and reunions have continued unabated to this day.
Of interest, it was on April 18, 1967, that Barnabas Collins knocked on the door of Collinwood, but the show was recorded the previous week, on April 14. Exactly 45 years later, Jonathan Frid died on April 14, 2012. The episode in which the hand of Barnabas reaches from the coffin pried open by Willie Loomis was recorded April 13, 1967, a fitting anniversary for the premier of Master of Dark Shadows.
Advance Reservations Required: $89 via PayPal to Kathleener@aol.com or payment by mail order may be sent to
Post Office Box 92
Maplewood, New Jersey 07040-0092.