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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Tribute to a Classic Series!!!, July 30, 2012
This review is from: Dark Shadows (DVD)
I saw this movie with my friend, and we had a blast. It was a hilarious good time. After seeing the movie, it made me start watching the original series. I love how this was mostly a comedy, and a tribute to the series, rather then a serious dramatic soap opera. Johnny Depp was great as Barnabas Collins, the vampire of Collinwood Manor. I love how it had a classic 'fish-out-of-water' story. It was like taking Bela Lugosi's Dracula and putting him in the 70's hippie age. This is definitely a Tim Burton film because everyone wears pale Marilyn Manson-type makeup, and it has Helena Bonham Carter, along with Danny Elfman music. Chloe Moretz gives a great performance as Carolyn Stoddard. She's the rebellious teenager we've seen in all of Burton's other films like Ryder in Beetlejuice.

In the 1700's, Barnabas makes the mistake of breaking the heart of a witch named Angelique. She curses him by turning him into a vampire and locks him in a coffin for 200 years. In 1972, the Collins family are trying to find a governess for young David who claims to see the ghost of his mom. Along comes Maggie, who changes her name to Victoria Winters. When Barnabas is found and awakened, he returns home to bring the manor to its former glory and re'vamp' the family business. When Angelique returns and threatens his family, Barnabas must take action and seek revenge on the witch who cursed him. If you want a smart Gothic fun hilarious vampire movie that pays tribute to the 70's era and the original series, I would definitely recommend DARK SHADOWS!!!
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Initial post: Nov 12, 2012 7:26:07 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 12, 2012 7:27:19 AM PST
It was interesting to me how they combined 2 characters (Victoria Winters and Maggie Evans) into one charecter. i can't think of another movie in which they did that in. those were 2 strong charecters in the TV show and i can understand why they didn't want to exclude either, but at the same time could not include both, so they became one in this movie. Ingenuis! (sorry can't really spell that word)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2012 11:22:11 AM PST
Pumpkin Man says:
After seeing the movie, I started watching the show. I'm almost 500 episodes in, and I can understand why some fans wouldn't like the movie as much. Now I wish Vicky and Maggie were two different characters in the movie.
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