House of Dark Shadows: Miss American Vampire Beauty Contest

In this video, we're going to share with you The Miss American Vampire beauty contest in 1970 was a promotion for House of Dark Shadows and a pageant for goths vampires everywhere.

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In 1970, goth soap opera Dark Shadows was nearing its end, but the spinoff film House of Dark Shadows was about to hit theaters. With interest in the series waning, the word needed to be spread.

The Miss American Vampire competition was conducted in various places across the US in 1970 as a promotional tour for the house of dark shadows with most of the contestants participating in New York City and Los Angeles, MGM places ads in newspaper seeking women 18 to 25 you guesses it, Vampire looks.

The contestant was to be judged on the following interpretation of the vampire aesthetic, charm, poise, stage presence, and videogenic qualities for television. The first-place winner would win a trip to New York for a walk-on role on Dark Shadows. The final completion in Los Angeles was hosted by Regis Philbin in September 1970.

Beauty Pageants is to find one's personality, their own strengths and weakness as a person, gain confidence and raise their self-esteem, and prove to people that it is not impossible to have beauty and brains.

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