Sunday, August 3, 2014

News In Brief

  • We were sad to learn of the recent death of legendary make-up artist Dick Smith, who passed away this week at the age of 92. His Oscar-winning career encompassed pioneering prosthetic make-up for numerous films including The Exorcist, Little Big Man, The Godfather and Amadeus. His pioneering old-age creations were put to good use on Dark Shadows, memorably ageing Jonathan Frid's Barnabas for television and later on the big screen in House of Dark Shadows.
  • Online broadcaster Hulu has recently expanded its library of original Dark Shadows episodes. 240 installments can now be viewed, beginning with the introduction of Barnabas, with more additions planned in the coming months. To watch online, click here.
  •  Jonathan Frid's starring role in Oliver Stone's directorial debut Seizure is set to get a new lease of life with the release of an official restored Blu-Ray in September. The new edition can be pre-ordered on DVD and high-definition Blu-Ray by clicking here.
  • A host of Dark Shadows stars can be seen in the new independent film Doctor Mabuse: Etiopomar, which has just been released in video-on-demand format. The retro-styled thriller features Jerry Lacy (Reverend Trask), Lara Parker (Angelique), Kathryn Leigh Scott (Maggie Evans) and Christopher Pennock (Jeb Hawkes) and can be viewed online by clicking here.
  • And finally, the team behind Dark Shadows-inspired online soap Ragged Isle are raising funds for a new horror project, On a Country Road, which will star Dark Shadows' very own Sharon Smyth-Lentz (Sarah Collins). To read more and donate online, click here.