11 May 2012 12:45 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

How apt that each episode of the ABC soap opera Dark Shadows began the moment One Life to Live ended, for this was a show in which the characters lived many lives in many historical eras (plus parallel time), a show that would go on to have more lives of its own — the latest a camp travesty by Tim Burton starring Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins. To get on Burton’s slaphappy, discordant wavelength, it helps to set aside all memories of the original … which, alas, I couldn’t do. In the late sixties, I fairly flew home from elementary school for the show’s 4 p.m. broadcast. Vampires and werewolves weren’t mainstream then: Horror pictures played only in drive-ins or grindhouses, and it was months between issues of Famous Monsters of Filmland. Yet here amid the soaps and game shows was a daily dose of bloodsuckers and lycanthropes, »

- David Edelstein

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