Dark Shadows and Beyond – The Jonathan Frid Story
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United States
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Mary O'Leary
101 minutes
TMFF Awards:
February Winner - 3rd Best Feature Film & Audience Award


This first documentary devoted to Canadian-born star Jonathan Frid covers the fascinating life and career of the Shakespearean actor, who became a TV icon in the role of vampire Barnabas Collins on the gothic daytime serial, ‘Dark Shadows.’ Frid’s portrayal was a key reason the series, which ran from 1966 until 1971, became must-see TV for 20 million daily viewers and has been cited as a key influence for contemporary genre films and series such as ‘Twilight’, ‘True Blood’ and ‘The Vampires Diaries’.


*Only a trailer is available for now.


  • Elena Nacanther

    This documentary exhibits the true essence of this talented Shakespearean actor as well as the kind and compassionate human being he really was. Friends, family and actors he worked with had nothing but loving comments about the remarkable and giving person he truly was. this documentary is well edited and smooth flowing and has you wanting more! Definitely 5 Stars!

    Reply February 8, 2022
  • Ellen

    Terrific coverage of a special actor 5 stars

    Reply February 8, 2022
  • Lilian

    5 stars for my favorite actor, Sir Jonathan Frid.

    Reply February 8, 2022
  • Gail Lewis

    A beautiful tribute to a profoundly talented actor, compassionate human being, and loyal friend and family member. After watching this doc, you will fall in love with him all over again!

    Reply February 8, 2022
  • Maryann Krajkowski

    A beautiful documentary about a man who was truly loved by his co-workers and fans. Mary O ‘Leary did a wonderful job on this tribute to Mr. Frid. I have learned so much about him and love him even more than I did when I was young and watching Dark Shadows. I wish I could have met him

    Reply February 8, 2022
  • Morton Griggs

    Great story about the life of Johnathan Frid. Very well done.

    Reply February 9, 2022
  • GLORIA CASsidy

    Great story!!

    Reply February 9, 2022
  • Paula Ewin

    Mary O’Leary and her creative team have created a perfect documentary of the enigmatic and charming Jonathan Frid! Having first been introduced to his charisma and talent as Barnabas Collins on Dark Shadows when just a teenager, I became addicted to the show and to Jonathan as many of us did, running home from school to watch and wait for the moment the vampire struck!! Little did I know that I would have the opportunity to meet him later in life through my former classmate at RI College, Mary O’Leary. Mary was producing Jonathan in a series of one person performances around the country and I was able to help her promote the shows in New York City. I had the great pleasure of getting to know him thanks to Mary. We dined and talked theatre, his passion. Never was I so pleased to learn that Mary had plans to produce and direct this wonderful film! I knew it would be good……but it turns out it is spectacular!! Congratulations to Mary, Jonathan and Barnabas!!!

    Reply February 9, 2022
  • Gail Snyder

    A very enjoyable film that still managed to share some new insights despite its subject being a public figure for nearly 50 years.

    Reply February 10, 2022
  • Beverly Sample

    As an 11 yr old would run home with siblings to watch FS with our Mother. I am so in awe of JF. Great and very well done Documentary of his life. Definitely worth 5 stars. Excellent work Mary O’Leary!!

    Reply February 10, 2022
  • Beverly Sample

    Typing error DS instead of FS

    Reply February 10, 2022
  • Peppy Caccavale

    Great job Mary.

    Reply February 22, 2022

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