My Dark Shadows Movie Review

A reluctant vampire with an irresistible allure. A mysterious ingénue, who is inexorably drawn to him. A jealous vixen, who is both seductress and sorceress. A strange family in a creepy old mansion, with secrets around every corner.

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Johnny Depp a.k.a. Barnabas Collins is the funniest and coolest vampire ever! I do not regret not being able to attend a fashion show to watch this Tim Burton movie first before anyone else. Depp raised the bar for typical pop culture vampire reputation in movies and tv series and gave it a different twist. Barnabas Collins is a character you will definitely love and see more often. He is just so charming plus. Depp is just the perfect Barnabas and I could not see any other actor play the role as flawless as he did! And I won’t be surprised if there will be a sequel. Burton directed “Dark Shadows” from a screenplay by Seth Grahame-Smith, story by John August and Grahame-Smith, based on the television series created by Dan Curtis. Dark Shadows will be shown in theaters nationwide on May 10, 2012.

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As for the costume and set design I will give a standing ovation to Colleen Atwood and Rick Heinrichs. Dark Shadows is a transition between two centuries the 18th-century and the 70’s where hippies and retro fashion was the thing. Coleen Atwood captured the Goth feel look with flair in the 18th-century attire to blend with his `70s wardrobe while showcasing what we now all love in the 70’s fashion.  Makeup was astounding as well as they were able to make Depp so fresh and young looking!

Production designer Rick Heinrichs gave us a taste of what it feels like to be in Collinsport in the 18th-century and the 70’s which mainly focuses on the vestiges of the Collins family empire: the town of Collinsport and the ancestral home of Collinwood. Both sets were daunting not just in terms of scale but because each would be required to go through numerous metamorphoses over the course of the film.

Movie Info:
Director Tim Burton brings the cult classic series “Dark Shadows” to the big screen in a film featuring an all-star cast, led by Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer and Helena Bonham Carter.

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In the year 1750, Joshua and Naomi Collins, with young son Barnabas, set sail from England to start a new life in America, where they build a fishing empire in the coastal Maine town that comes to carry their name: Collinsport. Two decades pass and Barnabas (Johnny Depp) has the world at his feet. The master of Collinwood Manor, Barnabas is rich, powerful and an inveterate playboy…until he makes the grave mistake of falling in love with a beauty named Josette DuPres (Bella Heathcote) and 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.

Nearly two centuries later, Barnabas is inadvertently freed from his tomb and\1972, a stranger in an even stranger time. Returning to Collinwood Manor, he finds that his once-grand estate has fallen into ruin, and the dysfunctional remnants of the Collins family have fared little better, each harboring their own dark secrets.  Family matriarch Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (Michelle Pfeiffer) is the one person Barnabas entrusts with the truth of his identity. But his rather odd and anachronistic behavior immediately raises the suspicions of the live-in psychiatrist, Dr. Julia Hoffman (Helena Bonham Carter), who has no idea what kind of problems she’s really digging up.  As Barnabas sets out to restore his family name to its former glory, one thing stands in his way: Collinsport’s leading denizen, who goes by the name Angie…and who bears a striking resemblance to a very old acquaintance of Barnabas Collins.

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Also residing in Collinwood Manor are Elizabeth’s ne’er-do-well brother, Roger Collins, (Jonny Lee Miller); her rebellious teenage daughter Carolyn Stoddard (Chloë Grace Moretz); and Roger’s precocious 10-year-old son, David Collins (Gully McGrath). The longsuffering caretaker of Collinwood is Willie Loomis (Jackie Earle Haley), and new to the Collins’ employ is David’s nanny, Victoria Winters (Bella Heathcote), who is, mysteriously, the mirror image of Barnabas’ one true love, Josette.

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Catch Dark Shadows in theaters on May 10, 2012.  Thanks to Warner Bros. Pictures for the photos used in this review and for the movie invite.

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