"Come See How the Vampires...Do It

Films: House of Dark Shadows (1970)

Alias: None

Type: Mystical

Location: Haunted Home/Civilized area

Height/Weight: That of an average human.

Affiliation: Evil

Summary: Yes, we get that vampires are huge romanticists, but man, are they bad at making one commitment. Next thing you know, they're off chasing some unlucky sod who happens to look like the first.

History: Barnabas Collins is a one and three-quarter century-old vampire with a problem. He's been uncovered at his estate, and the last time he saw his wife, she had committed suicide on their wedding night. But it's not all bad. Some people have volunteered to help him become human, and there's someone bearing a striking resemblance to his old flame.

Notable Kills: Nothing special.

Final Fate: His rehabilitation a failure due to jealousy and deceit all around, Barnabas resorts to trying to marry his new girl by force. He's tracked down to a ruined chapel, where he gets a crossbow bolt through the back and chest. But upon dying, his body turns into a bat that flies away. Must be how vampires leave the land of the living. What else could it be?

Powers/Abilities: Teeth and hypnosis.

Weakness: Holy objects, sunlight.

Scariness Factor:3.5-Barnabas is pretty standard fair by vampire standards. Doesn't mean he can't get pretty creepy. That rapid aging scene was not okay at all (even if it was a trick on him).

Trivia: -This whole film was based on a TV series from the same director, "Dark Shadows", which featured the Collins family enduring supernatural occurrences. Barnabas didn't appear until the show was well past its beginnings, but he became one of its most popular characters due to his development from vampiric menace to a selfless and proud member of the family. Kind of like an undead Vegeta.

-This film received a sequel, "Night of Dark Shadows", which focused on witches rather than vampires.

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Unnatural, in that he's basically old enough to be her granddad twenty times over.

A smile like that could easily lull you into destruction.
Oh, and unnatural death and love.

Well...I'm stumped.

Couldn't you save up the conversion bite for your actual bride?
I gave them two weeks max, but this is ridiculous.

Vampirism really ruins the skin.
Beware the shadow of the vamprie.