Having never seen Dark Shadows in the 1960's (don't think it's ever been shown in the UK at all) - this was my first introduction to the world of the Collins family, and the master of malevolence - Barnabas Collins (Ben Cross). Cross' Barnabas is ultra cool, sexy (of course), malevolent, threatening, violent, and caring - uh? caring? yeah, that's right - a vampire with a conscience. This 'revival' is for me, the best of the three attempts (apologies to any DS Original fans, this is not intended to insult your show, I've never seen it but have seen this and boy does it rock) only 12 episodes long, it does exactly what it says on the tin, it does not let up for a second. Suffice it to say that I hate Angelique for what she did to Barnabas (even though he led her on a bit, he didn't deserve her eternal punishment). Wish the powers that be had made a couple more episodes to finish it off properly but they didn't and that's a shame. Cross's Barnabas is one of the most amazing characterisations I've ever seen and because of this extraordinary portrayal of every conceivable emotion, brilliantly crafted, I have experienced every feeling that the character did and there's not many actors who have that power to play with the audience's emotions in the skillful manner that Mr Cross did with Barnabas, and in so doing has made the character immortal (forgive the pun) in the psyche of everyone who sees this masterpiece. After watching Dark Shadows the Revival, I cannot in all honesty say that I could watch another vampire series or movie without comparing it to Cross' Barnabas - The best vampire creation in all movie history.
Dark Shadows The Revival is the best series I've seen for a long time, I can't get enough of it, thanks SO much to all concerned with it, you did great.