Greetings Retro-ghouls! It’s your ol’ pal Daniel Th1rte3n here…I know it’s been a while since we last spoke, but if I am to maintain my fragile grasp upon my psyche I can only hint at the esoteric horrors and eldritch figures I encountered during my sabbatical from these hallowed grounds. But fret not; I’m back and ready to fill your demonic minds with visions of pop culture deviltry!
With Dark Shadows in theaters offering a wildly deviating take on established material, my fevered brain started conjuring images of other adaptations that have taken liberties with their sources. The first that sprang to mind was the 1979 television mini-series based upon Stephen King’s seminal work Salem’s Lot, or more specifically the portrayal of the villainous vampire Barlow.
In the book, Barlow is a suave sophisticate, refined in taste but with an insatiable lust for blood, not unlike Dracula…but in the film, he’s a hissing, demonic vision of unfettered evil brought to life by late Austrian genre vet Reggie Nalder (Mark of the Devil, Zoltan: Hound of Dracula) with make-up provided by Jack Young. I mean seriously, it’s like the film makers took a look at Max Schreck as Nosferatu and said; “Hey, what would happen if we took this depiction of mind-melting terror and cranked it up to the nth degree and then put it on broadcast TV during prime time when children are sure to be watching?” Good plan guys…
Thanks to the amazing Sean Hartter for working his arcane artistic magic upon my illustration of Mr. Barlow. If you want to see the beast in action you can pick up a copy of Salem’s Lot on DVD right here!
Until next time, Stay Spooky!