Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Angelique Bouchard

October has arrived, kittens. I'm an old child of all things goth, and there is no question that Halloween is my favorite holiday of the year. So, I've decided that I shall do my very witchy best (or very witchy worst) to present one of my favorite vamps, vampires, wolfmen, witches, zombies, gremlins, ghosties and/or any and all other things that go bump in the night each and every day 'till All Hallow's Eve.

I remember growing up with Dark Shadows always playing somewhere in the background, thanks to my sister being quite a fan of the series. My fascination with vengeful, villainous divas began with this woman:

Angelique Bouchard
"Hell Hath No Fury...

Angelique Bouchard (portrayed by Lara Parker)
Angelique Bouchard is a fictional character from the gothic horror-soap opera and film Dark Shadows, in which she is the main antagonist. She is primarily portrayed as a powerful witch driven by her vacillating love and hatred for Barnabas Collins.

In the original TV series, the character was portrayed by Lara Parker, and appeared within several storylines of the series. Angelique was originally introduced to explain how Barnabas Collins became a vampire, but she proved popular enough in her own right to make many return appearances. She is portrayed by French actress Eva Green in the 2012 feature film directed by Tim Burton.

Dark Shadows is an American gothic soap opera that originally aired weekdays on the ABC television network, from June 27, 1966, to April 2, 1971. It was unprecedented in daytime television when ghosts were introduced into the series about six months after it began. The series became hugely popular when vampire Barnabas Collins (portrayed by Jonathan Frid) appeared a year into its run. Dark Shadows also featured werewolves, zombies, man-made monsters, witches, warlocks, time travel, and a parallel universe. Ironically enough, the story bible, does not mention any supernatural elements.

Dark Shadows was distinguished by its vividly melodramatic performances, atmospheric interiors, memorable storylines, numerous dramatic plot twists, unusually adventurous music score, and epic cosmos of characters and heroic adventures. Now regarded as something of a classic, it continues to enjoy an intense cult following. Although the original series ran for only five years, its scheduling as a daily daytime drama allowed it to amass more single episodes during its run (1,225) than most other science-fiction/fantasy genre series produced for English-language television, including Doctor Who and the entire Star Trek television franchise!


Novels

In 1998, Lara Parker made her writing debut with the novel Angelique's Descent, which focused on Angelique’s early years in Martinique and her love affair with Barnabas Collins. In 2006, she released a sequel, The Salem Branch. She also wrote the introduction to the novel Dark Shadows: Dreams of the Dark (1999), written by Stephen Mark Rainey and Elizabeth Massie.

Let the witchery begin! Celebrate Halloween all October long
with a new witch post every day! Who's your favorite?