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Sir Masksalot

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DP's "Old Vampire" casts a dark shadow
« on: October 08, 2022, 05:42:59 AM »


The creator of the "Dark Shadows" TV series didn't care one way or another
that Post Studios catalogued an unlicensed mask of Barnabas Collins in 1975 >



He may've had misgivings after the character proved a popular seller
for the remainder of the '70s and all through the '80s >

     

They were a common sight at shops in my area >

     

A department store in New York employed a costumed walkaround during the Halloween season ...
perhaps more like a "lie-about" >



I got my first edition copy in September 1975. That was one tight-fitting little mask!



Pulling it on and off took a toll on its paint so I scored a second
in October 1981, minus the blood trickle >



Some retailers had objected to it early on and ordered custom runs.



Old Vampire returned to the DPS catalog in 2001
and lasted three more years in production >



That was its last known appearance ...  not counting this thread, of course.
Get your copy into the act and reply with pics.









MonsterBaker666

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Re: DP's "Old Vampire" casts a dark shadow
« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2022, 11:28:23 AM »
Always wanted one of these.  LOVED the old Barnabas makeup by Dick Smith.

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Re: DP's "Old Vampire" casts a dark shadow
« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2022, 11:38:56 AM »
Morning, noon, or night, Anytime . . . . the count may strike. If you're caught you have to linger, Cause Dracula may bite your finger!

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Re: DP's "Old Vampire" casts a dark shadow
« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2022, 01:27:43 PM »
cool post  >:D just watch the movie House of Dark Shadows from 1970 last month & now i appreciate this mask alot more. never seen the TV show, i might check it out someday.

I got the 2003 version of this, the hair on it is terrible  :'(

the mask next to it the Carlisle sculpted by Jordu Schell   

Ben Cooper also did a mask & costume based on Dark Shadows & its insanely rare:

« Last Edit: October 09, 2022, 01:36:47 PM by Spinal Remains »

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Re: DP's "Old Vampire" casts a dark shadow
« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2022, 09:41:42 AM »
Two or so weeks ago whilst looking for "an affordable" Don Post Old Vampire mask on ebay,
I came across a mask offered for only thirty dollars, and assuming at first glance it was the Old Vampire mask offered for an amazing price, I instinctively made purchase of it as fast as possible.  It turned out to be an old vampire,  coincidentally named Barnabus---but not "The" Old Vampire, the original iconic Don Post mask I thought it was. 
Yes, when I first saw it, I simply thought it was "distressed" but after going back to ebay to look again at that which would soon be arriving in the mail---I realized it was an altogether different Don Post mask--that just happened to be named Barnabus! 
 I still love it however!  It is given mention and shown on the phenomenal Mask Fan Attic YouTube videos of which I have provided a link---but never know if it will work   . . .for me.
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Re: DP's "Old Vampire" casts a dark shadow
« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2022, 11:31:34 AM »
The mask turned up in Famous Monsters right?
I am sure that is where I first saw it and never made the connection to the movie--which I didn't see until later--although I probably saw the Little Big Man makeup before the Dark Shadows movie- in a book or on tv--- I believe Smith re-used the makeup sculpture he did for Dustin Hoffman when he did the Dark Shadows movie.

 

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