Dark Shadows – The Strangest Images of Johnny Depp You’ll Ever See

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Here’s the cold hard reality of the static age we live in – sometimes you see things you just can’t unsee. Two Girls One Cup. That dude with the gaping anus. Tubgirl. Horror fans are about to add another one to the list … the first behind-the-scenes images of Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins in Tim Burton’s remake of Dark Shadows.

Celebuzz scored the whatever you call them below. Here’s our best guess … Depp is wearing some sort of special make-up that will be used to make him appear completely different on screen. At least we hope so. If not …. oh, just see for yourself!

The ensemble cast includes Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Jackie Earle Haley, Jonny Lee Miller, Bella Heathcote, Chloe Moretz, Thomas McDonell, and newcomer Gulliver McGrath. Look for it in theatres in glorious 2D on May 11, 2012.

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.

Also residing in the manor are 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.

Dark Shadows: Behind-the-Scenes at Collinwood Manor

Dark Shadows: Behind-the-Scenes at Collinwood Manor

Dark Shadows: Behind-the-Scenes at Collinwood Manor

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  • DavidFullam

    Depp, Burton. DIE, DIE, DIE!!!

  • Bulldog

    These pics make it hard for me to salivate for Depp. I’m curious as to what does come of this, but in the mean time I’ve still got RDJ, oh and my husband of course…

  • kiddcapone

    Ummmmmmm, ummmmmmmm, uhhhhhhhhh. For once, I’m at a lost for words…

  • Cinemascribe

    Well, at least now we know what happened to the kid from “Powder”.

    You’re correct TWiB- there IS an explanation. Here it is: They fucked up.

    One of the reasons Collins was such an effective character in the original show is that, on the surface, you could accept Frid as a human being. Maybe somewhat reserved, perhaps set in some archaic ways, but basically a very human lord of the manor. You had to get to know him and become embroiled in his life machinations to discover he was actually a vampire.

    On the other hand, I suspect that most English or American citizens living in either era specified in this article would-upon being approached by anyone looking the way Depp does in these stills- hurl rocks at him before scampering off in a stagecoach/car/city bus.

    Right about now, the talent on screen and behind the scenes is what’s keeping me interested in this project. It certainly isn’t this unimpressive set of images.

  • theGoldenSimatar

    He looks like the Goth kids who came out to see Sweeney Todd.

  • Gus Bjork

    Maybe it’s pre-vampire ‘playboy’ Collins on his way to a party or something….I don’t know….I’m grasping at straws here!

  • LSD Zombie

    It appears we have final confirmation as to whether or not Burton has lost it. He’s off his fucking rocker.

  • Masked Slasher

    A whole mention of things on the Internet you can’t unsee and no mention of lemonparty.org ?

  • The Woman In Black

    Oh my god! He looks like Michael Jackson crossed with Willy Wonka. I’m disturbed but not writing it off just yet. I’m sure there’s an explanation. Please let there be an explanation!