Sunday, April 1, 2012


I have never seen one episode of the 1970s gothic soap opera Dark Shadows. The campy soap opera was my mother's favorite show of all time. The new movie version stars Johnny Depp, and it seems pretty interesting enough...

There seems to be something in Tim Burton's upcoming Dark Shadows that reminds fans of his earlier work. Everything contributes: from the film's melding of the classic and the modern a la Sleepy Hollow, to star Johnny Depp's Edward Scissorhands-esque fingernails. With his muse Depp in tow, there is simply an underlying force that is branding Dark Shadows with the style of Golden Era Burton — a man who melted our hearts with the somehow unforgettable Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, and then froze them again (for safekeeping) with the perfectly jagged Beetlejuice.

Depp stars as Barnabas Collins, an 18th Century vampire revived in the 1970s by the lovestruck witch who buried him (Eva Green). Once awakened, Collins discovers that all that's left of his once supreme lineage is a dysfunctional, loathsome family (made up of promising cast members Michelle Pfeiffer and Chloë Grace Moretz). Disappointment be damned, Collins must come to defend his family against the wrath of the witch, all the while struggling to understand what electricity is...


1 comment:

  1. I was a fan of the show when I was a youngster and then later of the short-lived 1990 primetime reboot, also from producer Dan Curtis. I looked forward to Burton's take, but I am somewhat disappointed that he decided to go the spoof route. Perhaps in the light of all the Twilight dreck he felt it was the only way to go. It might still be worthwhile, but I'll not be in a rush to catch it.