Dark Shadows' Witch Was As Influential As Its Vampire

Tony Sokol Apr 17, 2019

A new Dark Shadows documentary remembers the vampire. An occult icon talks about Angelique, the witch who turned Barnabas into one.

The recently released documentary Master of Dark Shadows is a loving look at the iconic '60s TV series Dark Shadows, a Dan Curtis production, as every episode reminded us at the end. The film centers on the creator and the star of the show, Barnabas Collins, played by Jonathan Frid. The spooky soap opera centered on a reluctant vampire, in love and remorseful, and a powerful witch, in love and vindictive. But the documentary downplays the importance and magnetism of the witch Angélique, played by Lara Parker, whose love for Barnabas fueled the show. It's her curse which turned him into a vampire in the first place. Parker’s Angélique is one of the most recognizable witches from the television age, up there with Elizabeth Montgomery's Samantha on Bewitched.
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