Monday, May 21, 2012

The Barnabas Collins game is the scariest!





So, the future Mrs. Cousin Barnabas and I played the famous Barnabas Collins board game a few months ago and ... it was a'ight. I'll give Milton Bradley credit for trying to invent a new game for the Dark Shadows merchandise empire, but the mechanics were a bit jerky and, as is almost always the case with board games, 99% of the play is a matter of chance. There's no skill needed to play the game, but this's true for almost every board game.



Anyhoo, I've posted a video of a commercial for the game above, which is interesting. Not only does it appear to have been shot on the set of Collinwood, but Jonathan Frid and (what appears to be) Nancy Barrett make appearances. The game was a hot item when it was released, and so many were produced that it's still easy to find ... even more than 40 years later. For whatever reason, the "other" Dark Shadows game (the one that featured a cartoon that looked like Bela Lugosi on the package) is slightly more difficult to find.

I've included some vintage newspaper clippings from around 1969 from "Letters to Santa" features in local newspapers. It's kind of awesome to see Barnabas Collins and Santa Claus mentioned in the same paragraph.



5 comments:

Guy said...

While it does look very much like Nancy Barrett in the commercial, I've always heard it is Terrayne Crawford. BTW, my friend, Bob, is the one who tracked down this commercial. It debuted at one of the DS Festivals in the 90s. Bob worked hard to locate this treasure!

vderricks said...

Oh, I love it! My brothers and I had this game, and I think that we lost all the pieces to it seconds after taking it out of the box.

vderricks said...

Oh, I love it! My brothers and I had this game, and I think that we lost all the pieces to it seconds after taking it out of the box.

Chellis610 said...

It IS Terry Crawford in the commercial- she has confirmed it!

Chellis610 said...

It IS Terry Crawford in the ad- she confirmed it!

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