The Black Market for DARK SHADOWS
Lest we forget, despite its being famous for its vampire protagonist, Barnabas Collins, the classic daytime TV series DARK SHADOWS had its fair share of werewolves, too. Vampires, werewolves, witches, ghosts, zombies, Lovecraftian-esque reptile monsters (only ever glimpsed in shadow), DARK SHADOWS had them all. Combine that menagerie with some truly outstanding acting (and occasionally some truly bad acting), enticing storytelling, tons of spooky atmosphere, some chintzy special effects, and the occasional gaffe (How many times did a TV camera manage to find its way into a shot?), and you end up with a formula irresistible to Monsterkidz, both those alive back when the show first aired and those who have come to love it since.
But beware, Monsterkidz of all ages. There are those who would rip you off. DARK SHADOWS is one of the most pirated television programs ever. I’ve read numerous horror stories from people who purchased the entire series in its “coffin case” only to discover that half the discs won’t play and ALL are bootlegged. But there are those who will gladly rip off the series creators, too. This article from THE COLLINSPORT HISTORICAL SOCIETY laments how some so-called “fans” have been posting all the episodes of the series online for free, which ultimately hurts the cause of keeping the show viable to its “owners.” Piracy is not a victimless crime, it bears repeating.
Buy your DARK SHADOWS. Don’t steal it. But be careful that the product you’re buying is the genuine deal.
WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS (www.evilcheezproductions.blogspot.com, www.facebook.com/evilcheezproductions), specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed (and occasionally acted in) over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. His first novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF, is available for purchase at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/734763
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