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RIP Jonathan Frid – A Horror Icon Passes

I literally could not believe this when I read it on Facebook this morning.

Actor Jonathan Frid who claimed horror icon status with his portrayal of Barnabas Collins on “Dark Shadows” passed away on Saturday in Hamilton, Ontario. He was 87 years old.

Some of the fondest memories of my young horror fandom as sitting in front of the TV and watching Frid creep around as the frightening and menacing Barnabas.

He had just recently filmed a cameo for the big screen remake of his show “Dark Shadows” which of course stars Johnny Depp.

Frid affected a entire generation of horror fans and was one of the first exposures to the genre for a whole army of fans who tuned in weekly to watch the ghastly goings on at Collinwood Manor.

He will be greatly missed by a genre that loved and appreciated him.


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A life long fan of horror I have had the privilege of working with horror legend Tom Savini for the last 15 years. I have also done web work for Dick Smith and Vincent Guastini. The last 5 years or so I have been the lead writer and reviewer for HOUSE OF HORRORS and am now proud to be lead reporter here at HNN..
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  1. Oh no. NO NO NO NO NO. This simply cannot be true. I’m angry and sad at the same time. And how fortuitous, isn’t it? Just in time for the movie it’ll be great publicity. And just after having finished filming his cameo. Hmmm. Now I hate this remake even more and hope it tanks. >:[

  2. You hate this remake ? You are cruel than I thought. I am happy for this remake in remember of Jonathan Frid. I wish this remake the best of luck. therefore, I dont worship the celebrities. I just enjoyed the movies, thats all.

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