There is but two guarantees in the movie business and both deal with Johnny Depp. One, he can always be counted on to play “interesting” characters. Two, he is attached to the hip of Tim Burton. Both of these certainties are in play in the Gothic-themed horror flick Dark Shadows. Based on a 1960’s cult favorite television series, Depp is Barnabas Collins, a vampire who finds himself resurrected in suburbia in the 1970s. Moving back into his crumbling estate with the latest generation of Collins’ he finds things of the future are quite the mess especially when the witch who cursed him shows back up. While not being marketed as a comedy per se, the typical Burton/Depp idiosyncrasies that are always a treat to watch will be on full display (think “Edward Scissorhands”). Several can be seen in this trailer released by Warner Bros. Pictures.
Dark Shadows stars Johnny Depp, Eva Green, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Chloë Grace Moretz, Jonny Lee Miller, Jackie Earle Haley, Bella Heathcote and Christopher Lee.
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 Brouchard (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.
Dark Shadows acclimates to US and UK theaters on May 11, 2012.