A Family Photo – First Look at Entire Dark Shadows Cast

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There now; that’s much better! Breathe a sigh of relief, kids. The first official cast “Family Photo” from Tim Burton’s upcoming take on the classic TV soap “Dark Shadows” is finally here, and everyone is looking as they should, including Johnny Depp.

The pic comes from Entertainment Weekly. Click it below for a better look!

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.

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  • Cinemascribe

    Yeah,man, major improvement. In fact,I actually really dig Depp’s look in this photo. Let’s hope the Jackson-esque image we saw previously is employed only briefly within the film (or ultimately not at all).

    Dark Shadows was a staple on my television as kid. In fact, with the exception of the original Twilight Zone (and those were stand alone stories, of course) , Dark Shadows marked my first experience with a series grounded firmly in gothic horror. I had seen a number of horror films by the time I got around to watching the series, but it was the first time I had the opportunity to tune in every afternoon to an ongoing narrative.

    • un_DOA

      I just read that House Of Dark Shadows and Night Of Dark Shadows are finally getting released on DVD and Blu-ray, around the same time Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows arrives at theaters in May, with House Of Dark Shadows being a Director’s cut. Unfortunately, Night Of Dark Shadows isn’t going to have any of the cut scenes restored.

      • Uncle Creepy

        Actually, during the Dark Shadows panel at the San Diego Comic-Con, we were told the previously edited footage is being put back in Night of Dark Shadows. Either something changed or your information is incorrect.

        • un_DOA

          My information was incorrect. I’m glad to find out that the edited footage will be put back in Night Of Dark Shadows, since that movie made little sense at times. Hopefully the previously missing footage will make the movie more coherent.

  • The Woman In Black

    Yay! That’s so much better! My anticipation just returned to its previous fever-pitch level.