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Step aside Edward Cullen there’s a new blood-sucking heartthrob from an old soap opera is making a reappearance but this time on the big screen with a fitting twist of director Tim Burton.
“Dark Shadows” has the pleasure of it’s character’s being re-created by some of Burton’s favorable choices such as Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and Michelle Pfeiffer. In the year 1752, Barnabas Collins (Depp) is a young and rich playboy living in Maine with his well-known family that traveled a great distance to avoid an ancient curse upon their family. Unfortunately, Barnabas makes the mistake of breaking the heart of a beautiful witch named Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green) who jealously casts a spell upon him turning him into a vampire. If Angelique couldn’t have Barnabas then no one could. She chains Barnabas within a tomb and buries him deep beneath the ground. Two centuries later, Barnabas’ tomb is discovered and is freed to learn the year is 1972. He returns to his home to find not only his manor in ruins but that his very distant relatives live in dark and troubled times. Matriarch Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (Pfeiffer) has called upon the help of Dr. Julia Hoffman (Carter) to help uncover her family’s secrets and issues. As Barnabas tries to adjust to his new family and time period he learns his curse affects more than just himself. In an attempt to make things right he is revisited by Angelique who will stop at nothing to keep Barnabas and his family’s existence under her control.
“Dark Shadows” was originally a popular 1970s soap opera series that Johnny Depp and Tim Burton both admit to being huge fans of growing up. The two decided to create an adaptation of the series into a movie back in 2005 back when filming “Corpse Bride.” Even though it doesn’t ring completely true to the original storyline the adjustments I feel will make it appealing to a larger audience especially people our age. Burton has given the usual dramatic story a slight comical twist with jokes such as Barnabas watching Carol Carpenter singing on his first ever television and demands the “tiny songstress” to show herself and Barnabas being informed that the family doesn’t own horses but a Chevy. Depp is always a safe choice of a lead man especially one involved in romance and his chemistry with “Casino Royale” Bond girl Eva Green looks not only devilish and vengeful but almost hilarious as they destroy an entire hotel room in order for Barnabas to refuse her determined seduction. Burton has also casted the original actors (the ones that are still alive) of “Dark Shadows” in short parts including the original Barnabas Collins, Jonathan Fred, who is almost ninety years old. “Dark Shadows” opens in theaters May 11th!
Check out the trailer to “Dark Shadows”