I watched the 90s series as a child and my parents explained that it was actually a remake.
My mom purchased me a VHS collection of the original series and Barnabas from that one scared the bajeezus out of me. I use to think he was sleeping in the cedar chest that was in my closet. I also asked my parents how I could obtain one of those neck braces that you get when you break your neck so he couldn't bite me
It also didn't help that my Aunt was a super-fan and she had a poster of Barnabas in her apartment.
Anyway, I am excited for the new movie. I'll go see it!