Dark Shadows 2012 PG-13 CC

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After being turned into a vampire by a jilted lover, Barnabas (Johnny Depp) is entombed for two centuries until he emerges into the very changed world of 1972.

Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer
1 hour 53 minutes

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Dark Shadows

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Genres Comedy, Horror
Director Tim Burton
Starring Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer
Supporting actors Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Jackie Earle Haley, Jonny Lee Miller, Bella Heathcote, ChloŽ Grace Moretz, Gulliver McGrath, Ray Shirley, Christopher Lee, Alice Cooper, Ivan Kaye, Susanna Cappellaro, Josephine Butler, William Hope, Shane Rimmer, Michael Shannon, Harry Taylor, Glen Mexted
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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And Johnny Depp is a great actor.
Maria P
Having said that, though, if you don't know anything about the original and you come to this movie with no expectations, you might enjoy it.
While there is a little bit of that, I found that it was too serious to be a funny movie and too funny to be taken seriously.

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129 of 144 people found the following review helpful By Tim on October 2, 2012
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I had two big surprises when I started watching Dark Shadows. First: the trailer was very misleading. The trailers made this film look as if it was going to be a complete comedy. Much to my delight, the film was actually a lot darker than I thought it would be. While I have no problem with comedies, I felt that making this a completely comedic film would not do justice to the original Dark Shadows TV show, in which the comedic elements were not its main draw.

The second surprise for me was that this felt like an older Tim Burton film. Now when I say that, I mean it feels like a return to his more macabre films than his recent output. Burton has always been at his best in my mind when dealing with horror elements, such as Sleepy Hollow or even Ed Wood. He draws on classic horror films and plays with their tropes. He hasn't been doing this as much recently with the exception of Sweeney Todd. Other than that he's been doing more family friendly films (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Alice in Wonderland come to mind) which don't capture the feel of his older films. There's nothing wrong with trying something new, but this is a return to classic Burton.

The film works fairly well. The funny bits are funny and the scary bits are... well, I guess they could unnerve some people. Burton's usual color scheme is in effect, so expect a lot of dark colors with red highlights. The cinematography was a pleasant surprise, as the shots tend to be very much in the style of old Hammer Horror films (Horror film buffs should keep an eye out for shots that resemble some of your old favorites). The soundtrack is a nice mix of Danny Elfman's score and 70s rock. This is used to great effect throughout the movie (most notably Nights in White Satin).
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163 of 205 people found the following review helpful By R. Wall on July 31, 2012
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I really look forward to the Blu-Ray Release of Burton's Dark Shadows as it sounds like there are nine additional segments to the movie that can be watched individually or as part of an expanded feature film...if I understand correctly. For sure there is a fairly fast, fun paced DARK yet FUNNY movie.

To begin with...if you are a traditional vampire purist...you WILL be aggravated that Barnabas never encounters a Crucifix, never disappears on demand or turns into a bat nor is required to sleep in his coffin by day.

The Burton "take" on the Collins family (and employees) yields Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, her brother Roger Collins, her daughter Carolyn, his son David, Dr Julia Hoffman, Willie Loomis, Sarah Johnson and of course Barnabas Collins. "Victoria Winters" and Angelique Bouchard round out the main cast.

The flick is a nice tight jaunt of around 113 minutes and is very well paced. Most of the material seen on the movie trailers are quickly whisked by in the film's first ten to fifteen minutes. The story of the Barnabas' original time period from 1752 thru 1776 is recounted swiftly including his being cursed (for rejecting Angelique) and buried alive by the town's people (for being a monster). Barnabas' parents Joshua and Naomi are shown so briefly that all we remember is Joshua's declaration that "family is only the REAL wealth" while he builds a formidable fortune (using the wealth he built up in Liverpool) by building the seaport town of Collinsport and transforming it into a great fishery/sea port.

Light humor abounds throughout the flick...most of it pertaining to Barnabas trying to `ingest" and "adjust to" this great new age of 1972 after being released from his chained coffin after a construction crew literally bangs into his coffin.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Eric C. Moscon on August 15, 2013
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Many of these reviews are written from the perspective of fans of the original soap (who either hate this film or enjoyed it), or people who have never seen the original soap (who either loved it or thought it was just sort of decent, but not great). I'd like to offer a third perspective. My first introduction to the world of Dan Curtis' "Dark Shadows", although began for me as a child, did not begin with the original 1967 daytime soap. It began at the age of ten, in 1990, with Mr. Curtis' Dark Shadows Revival Series that aired as a Prime Time drama, replacing the time-slot once occupied by Twin Peaks. Although that series only lasted one season (due mostly to interruptions from network news reporting on the beginning conflicts of the Gulf War), I remember the experience well. I had a TV in my room, and even though I was strictly forbidden from watching it by my parents because it aired past my "bedtime", I would sneak watching it with the volume turned down low enough that they wouldn't hear it. That version of Dark Shadows, featuring Ben Cross as Barnabas Collins, became my "childhood" Dark Shadows memories, much in the same way the 1967 soap was for the children who "ran home from school" to see it. Instead of running home, I snuck staying up past my bedtime. That version of DS has a strong tone of gothic horror to it, and because of the updated effects and the format of being a prime time show (as opposed to a low-budget daily soap, which was filmed mere hours before being aired), it also has a strong sense of seriousness and realness to it. Upon watching the revival series, I immediately fell in love with Dark Shadows, and even though I was disappointed with the cancellation of the series, it lead me to watching the original soap (rented on VHS from Blockbuster Video, remember those days?Read more ›
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