Thursday, November 15, 2012

American Horror Story casts dark shadows


 AMERICAN HORROR STORY  is one of those shows I've been meaning to catch since it first aired. Naturally, it caught my eye when co-creator Ryan Murphy mentioned DARK SHADOWS a few times while promoting the show, saying: “My grandmother would force me, even when I was sobbing and screaming, to watch Dark Shadows. And then when I was bad, I had to watch The Waltons.”

It seems Murphy and company understand that DARK SHADOWS was more than a show about a vampire. AMERICAN HORROR STORY tells stories set in different times and asks actors (such as the great Jessica Lange) to play multiple roles.

In last night's episode, a reader named Nathan spotted actor James Cromwell carrying a recognizable prop: the famous "wolf's head cane" carried by Barnabas Collins. He also shared these images from last night's episode.  I'm not sure what it all means, but it's a clear nod to DARK SHADOWS.

 "Incidentally, they really showed it a lot," Nathan posted on the Collinsport Historical Society Facebook page. "They really wanted people to notice it was Barnabas's cane, ha."


1 comment:

Dave Cherney said...

Outstanding find. I thought of myself a bit of a historian on Dark Shadows. I never noticed this. I should pay more attention.

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