As the man says, they can’t all be winners.


“In the year 1752, Joshua and Naomi Collins, with young son Barnabas, set sail from Liverpool, England to start a new life in America. But even an ocean was not enough to escape the mysterious curse that has plagued their family. Two decades pass and Barnabas (Johnny Depp) has the world at his feet–or at least the town of Collinsport, Maine. The master of Collinwood Manor, Barnabas is rich, powerful and an inveterate playboy…until he makes the grave mistake of breaking the heart of Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green). A witch, in every sense of the word, Angelique dooms him to a fate worse than death: turning him into a vampire, and then burying him alive. Two centuries later, Barnabas is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972. He returns to Collinwood Manor to find that his once-grand estate has fallen into ruin. The dysfunctional remnants of the Collins family have fared little better, each harboring their own dark secrets. Matriarch Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (Michelle Pfeiffer) has called upon live-in psychiatrist, Dr. Julia Hoffman (Helena Bonham Carter), to help with her family troubles. Also residing in the manor is Elizabeth’s ne’er-do-well brother, Roger Collins, (Jonny Lee Miller); her rebellious teenage daughter Carolyn Stoddard (Chloe Moretz); and Roger’s precocious 10-year-old son, David Collins (Gulliver McGrath). The mystery extends beyond the family, to caretaker Willie Loomis, played by Jackie Earle Haley, and David’s new nanny, Victoria Winters, played by Bella Heathcote.”

via: Apple

10 Responses to “Tim Burton’s “Dark Shadows””

  1. I don’t the show well at all, but from what little I know it appears they rebooted the hell out of this.

  2. Well. I haven’t been too pleased with anything that Burton has put out post-90’s, but who knows? Maybe this will surprise. Or not.

  3. I tried watching the first episode on Netflix or Hulu or somewhere and was overcome by a huge case of not giving a shit.

    Oh well, this has to be better than Alice in Wonderland… or does it?

  4. lol, hopefully it will be better than AiW.

    I caught a couple of episodes a long time ago on one of the cable channels while I was out of work but never got into it, and then I got a job so I also ended up not giving a shit. I remember it being really campy.

  5. I don’t think that the first episodes of “Dark Shadows” had stumbled upon the character of Barnabus Collins. Back then, it was just a mildly spooky soap opera, but turned into genuine gothic fantasy somewhere along the way, and a pretty good show besides that.

    This trailer, though– let’s just say it makes the prospect of a “Beetlejuice” sequel look like a good idea, comparatively.

  6. I have very fond memories of my childhood obsession with this show, which included everydqay dashes home from school to watch the daily installments at 4:00 P.M. Monday through Friday. Jonathan Frid’s Barnabus Collins was one of my heroes, and I still remember with a smile the work of Joan Collins, Grayson Hall and Thayer David. It was a time of my life I won’t ever forget and I hope a small part of the memories will be honored by Burton.

  7. As a fan of the show, Sam, how do you feel about the trailer?

    Apparently Burton was also a huge fan of the show as well, complete with rushing home from school to see it, so hopefully he’s really into it and this will be better than (I think) the trailer looks.

  8. As far as Burton post 90’s I’d count SWEENEY TODD as a great film.

    Craig this trailer is hard to judge, though it does appear the Gothic sensibilities and dreamy images are rightfully transcribed. I will need to see more, but so far I am not really disappointed.

  9. When I really think back film by film, I tend to be more forgiving of Burton’s post-Ed Wood work. I liked Sweeney and I even liked Big Fish and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (I know, I know, sue me)

    There was just something about Alice though that just seemed empty and tired. I don’t think it was quite as bad as his version of Planet of the Apes, bu tit was kind of depressing.

  10. “Sweeney Todd” falls short for me for one simple reason– it’s a musical starring people who can’t sing. I might’ve forgiven how it gives Sondheim’s score short shrift by cutting out key stuff, but the tone-deaf performances really ruins the proceedings, and especially takes away the crucial ingredient of humor. Also, it has the “Borat” guy in it, who I find insufferable, so it’s pretty much a lose/lose for me.

    “Big Fish” is interesting. I wish it didn’t have the baggage of being the movie that possibly moved Spalding Gray to end it all, but it’s still pretty strong, and evidence of Burton’s lighter side.

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