Even though I'm not old enough--I don't get to say that nearly enough--to have seen it during its original run on tv, the local PBS station aired it every night at 11 in the late 80's, and I watched it then and fell in love with the gothic melodrama of it all.
I enjoyed the half-season run of the early 90's revival series as well. I thought Ben Cross was a fine Barnabas Collins, just not as good as Jonathan Frid.
I plan on seeing the new film, and I have yet to be disappointed in a Burton/Depp collaboration, and I'm sure I'll enjoy it on its own merits.
However, the original source material will always be my favorite, and so I thought I'd share with you a work-in-progress of Barnabas Collins, as brought to (un)life by Jonathan Frid.
It's not a perfect likeness, but I don't really need it to be. If it's recognizable as Frid, I've done well enough. I'll keep you updated on the progress--I really only get to sit down and draw for a few minutes at a time anymore.
I hope you'll keep checking back to see it, plus I've got a bit of big news for later in the summer that I hope you'll enjoy and help me share.