Gothic horror played straight - DARK SHADOWS and ???

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  1. Rob Gardiner

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    Hi everybody,

    I just started watching DARK SHADOWS Vol. 1 and was struck by the thought: The only other gothic horror tv shows I can think of are all comedies:

    THE ADDAMS FAMILY
    THE MUNSTERS
    BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER

    Does anyone have any examples of a Gothic Horror TV show played straight (i.e. not for laughs)?

    Many thanks
     
  2. Jeff Kohn

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    Haunted, on UPN. Pretty good show.

    Witchblade kinda sorta fits this category. It's more dark fantasy than horror, but does have some gothic elements particularly in the fantasy segments.

    Angel still has a bit of humor, but it's darker and less campy than Buffy.

    The Dead Zone is more suspense than gothic horror, but it's played straight and is a pretty good show.
     
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    American Gothic?
     
  4. Rob Gardiner

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    Thanks for the suggestions.

    Does anyone else have any others? The ones mentioned above all seem to be contemporary. Does anyone know of any classic TV in the gothic horror genre?
     
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    Passions [​IMG]
     
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    The soap opera Port Charles also has vampires, spirits, time travel, etc.
     
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    The story arc of WISEGUY in which the bad guy was obesssed with an old b-movie and acted it out in his mansion, hidden deep in a rural town.

    Raising the question, when will WISEGUY be available on DVD? Look at that cast - Kevin Spacey, Jerry Lewis (in a non-comic role), Jim Byrnes, other people too...
     
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    Rob Gardiner wrote:
     
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    STRANGE PARADISE, a Canadian DARK SHADOWS knock off, aired for about 300 episodes in the mid 70s. It still shows up on low power UHF stations sometimes and I think some videos were released as well. I saw the first 5 shows, just OK, nothing to get excited about.
     
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    Most episodes of [Boris Karloff's] THRILLER were certainly straight Gothic horror, some set in contemporary times, others as period pieces.
    A few episodes of the original OUTER LIMITS also qualify, most notibly The Guests and The Forms of Things Unknown, both contained in MGM's Season One DVD set.
     
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    Charmed might fall into this category. While the show sometimes pokes fun at the whole vampire/demon mythos; it doesn't do it to the point of comedy.
    There are quite a few episodes that deal with the politics of the demonic world, as well as demons blending into normal human society.
    While the show isn't necessarily "goth" it does deal with similar issues and creatures, such as: Angels, Vampires, Shapeshifters, Demons, Warlocks, and of course Witches.
    Also, the show Kindred: The Embraced was a serious, and unfortunately short-lived, attempt to show the inner workings of vampiric society. The Kindred mini-series is available on DVD.
     

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