Julia Hof f man in Dark Shadows
Barbara Steele is a legend of the horror genre, having starred in such cult classics as Black Sunday ( 1960),
The Pit And The Pendulum ( 1961) and Shivers ( 1975). The raven- haired heroine also made her mark on Dark
Shadows when she appeared as Julia Hoffman in the 1991 revival – though she was not keen on the 2012 film. “I do love Tim Burton but I felt that it was rather overdone and overwrought,” she reveals.
What’s the strangest request that you have ever had from a fan?
I get so many! A lot of them are sent to me by letter and I have no idea how they got my address. I have been asked to visit people in places I have never even heard of. I read once that all assassins use lined paper. So when I open an envelope and I see lined paper I panic a little...
Would you like to play Julia again?
I certainly would not want to do a cameo in another remake. I did not like how they brought some of the original cast from the series into the film. It was as if they were just a bunch of extras rather than the stars who had inspired this big movie.
Were you a SF/ fantasy fan before you starred in the show?
Not really, although I was familiar with the genre through my previous work.
What would it say on Julia’s tombstone?
Something simple like “I will be back”.