That 1960s series has gotten the big screen treatment from Johnny Depp and director Tim Burton. Their "re-imagining" hits theaters this week.
For many kids of the 1960s "Dark Shadows" was must see TV after school. Depp was among those enthralled by the exploits of vampire Barnabas Collins and his family.
"A gothic soap opera that involved vampires and werewolves, disembodied spirits. It was like,
for the kids who didn't fit in," he says.
Now Depp is playing the character in the big screen remake. Director Tim Burton's update plays for more comedy than the original.
Back then, many of the laughs were unintentional. They often stemmed from the show's low budget and production schedule that rarely allowed for second takes.
"There was no post production, no editing. That's one reason, everything that went wrong, forgetting lines, whatever it was, it's all there for posterity," says original "Dark Shadows" star Kathryn Leigh Scott.
The man who played the original Barnabas Collins, Jonathan Frid, passed away just a few weeks ago, but last year he filmed a cameo appearance for the new version, as did actresses Kathryn Leigh Scott and Lara Parker.
The original series was also released on DVD this week, all 1,225 episodes on 131 discs. It's thought to be the largest DVD set ever released.