A Myriad of Dark Shadows Lunacy

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Okay, kids! Thus far we’ve gotten the trailer, and a one-sheet. How about dozens of stills from Tim Burton’s take on the television classic Dark Shadows? Read on for the goodies.

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 Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows in theatres 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.

For more info visit the official Dark Shadows website.

A Myriad of Dark Shadows Lunacy

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  • Tshoffie

    Man i usually love Tim burton and Johnny Depp and both of em said they loved the original series and yet they are taking a big Dump all over it by turning it into a piece of shity comedy for this younger lame ass generation thats been raised on remakes and Cgi Shitfest and wouldnt know a good film if they saw one… I am so dissappointed..i loved how the trailer started then boom next thing you know its turns to complete and utter Crap. The True Dark Shadow fans are gonna really be pissed and i cant blame em because its obviously not made for the core audience of Dark shadows..well hopefully it will suffer big time at the box office and kinda just fizzle out like a bad fart…then maybe one day down the line someone will come along and actually make a dark Shadows film that truly pays respect to the tv show… and now i hear Rumors of Depp taking the role of Karl Kolchack in a night stalker movie and normally i would be ok with it but after seeing what they did to Dark shadows im very scared

  • kiddcapone

    If you’re going to shit on the original, and stray this FAR away from the source content, then why even bother calling it Dark Shadows? The target audience is not fans of the tv series, it’s obviously shooting for a teenage goofy comedy fan base.

    They could have called it anything. Maybe Groovy Vamp since the main theme seems to be focused on Barnanbas trying to adapt to living in the 70’s after being buried in the ground for a century or two. Oh, hahaha, it’s so fucking clever. What is this television thing? Ooooh, what’s a car. Let the Three’s Company slapstick misunderstanding hijinx ensue. And let’s make sure you include the dysfunctional funny family as well. But don’t worry, Groovy Vamp will save the day and pull the family together before the end credits roll…

    • malcoJOJO

      HERE HERE! This was summed up perfectly by kiddcapone – they are just cashing in on the Dark Shadows legacy without having it match the original feel of the show. Someone said that the original show was silly when I ranted about this on Facebook, but it wasn’t. It may seem a bit dated now, but it was played as pure gothic horror. This slapstick mess is nothing like it.

      I hope it fails. Big time.

  • darkamor

    what a f@cking let down!!

    I am a HUGE fan of Dan Curtis’s original DARK SHADOWS (the closest American production to mirror a classic Hammer Horror Film) & this comic adaption from Burton & Depp is a slap in the face to everything (& everyone) who was involved in the original tv series (& 2 film sequels) ….

    two words – HAUNTED MANSION (remember how bad that film tanked due to turning our favorite dark Disneyland / Disneyworld ride into a sh@t-tastic comedy? I expect the same from this adaption)!!

    While I <3 about 2/3 of what Tim Burton has brought to the movies, I'll put this adaption of DARK SHADOWS next to PLANET OF THE APES & WILLY WONKA (films so bad it feels like they were made for someone with A.D.D.). A f@cking wasted effort as they had a great cast, great costumes, great sets - great everything until delivered as a comedy !!

  • Cinemascribe

    The trailer begins on such a perfect note and everything seems to be coming together as it should as we see clips of how Barnabas became a vampire. And then..it transforms into a comedy.

    Wait..what? As one of the other comments mentioned, this wasn’t The Addams Family. Dark Shadows was a serious show played straight. It’s a soap opera with horror themes at it’s core. Even on a low budget, they managed to evoke a very creepy atmosphere and fill many scenes with foreboding. I remember one episode which actually ended with a young woman in her room at Collinswood, awoken in the middle of the night as something unseen attempted to break through her locked bedroom doors. It was implied that the unseen assailant was a werewolf. The scene faded out with the actress staring in horror, the last shot being those shaking, rattling doors. The episode concluded at that point, before we saw whether or not the creature broke through . That sort of spooky, suspenseful happening was par for the course on the series. Now we have Barry White on the soundtrack as Depp wonders what a Chevy is.

    And yet, I’m actually kind of torn , because the visual look of the film is excellent, Depp is clearly having a blast in the role and I have to admit a lot of those scenes did make me laugh. So I can see where this could be entertaining.

    Unfortunately, it isn’t the type of entertainment I had hoped we were going to get. I guess I must have missed much of the promo material for this, because I had no idea it was an outright comedy. I was under the impression they were playing it straight, adopting a serious approach similar to the terrific, shamefully short lived 1991 television incarnation starring Ben Cross (which ,it appears, will remain the last truly intense version of Dark Shadows to date).

    That’s a damned shame,too. With Twilight globally pussifying the mainstream bloodsucking undead for the past few years, the vampire film sub-genre would have benefited from a big budget film that featured serious, truly Gothic vampires without needing to fall back on Dracula as their main character.

    • MagusMaleficus

      I went back and watched a few episodes from the old show and wasn’t shocked to realize how campy it felt. I think the serious tone of the original only serves to amplify the camp when viewed in a modern context. Seriously, that show feels sooooo damn goofy now. (Not that I enjoy it any less mind you.) Perhaps that is what Tim Burton latched onto when he made his interpretation of the material.

      I haven’t cared much for Burton’s flicks over the last decade (except for Sweeney Todd) so I won’t be upset if Dark Shadows blows donkey balls, but I’ve got my fingers crossed. I really don’t mind that Burton took the material into a sillier direction. I mean, fuck, do we really need another uber-serious vampire movie right now? Stake Land did that well enough to last me for quite a while.

  • James Coker

    WOW . . . im in the Minority here by saying . . . im looking forward to seeing this
    yeah . . . Fuck off everyone else

  • CultRadio

    Hello Fellow Dark Shadows Fans,

    We are Terry & Tiffany DuFoe of the weekly pop culture / horror themed radio show Cult

    Radio Live. For many many years we have worked with Jim Pierson and the DS community to

    promote various DS events on our radio show. Over the years we’ve had almost every cast

    member on our radio show for in depth interviews including: John Karlen, Lara Parker,

    Kathryn Leigh Scott, Christopher Pennock, Roger Davis, Kathleen Cody, Jerry Lacey, and

    Marie Wallace. We’ve also had DS fans and experts including people like Jim Pierson. If

    you attended the last DS convention in Burbank, CA, you’ll remember we even set up and did

    a live remote from the last DS con that was out here on the west coast.

    We are hard core fans of the original Dark Shadows. In fact, we are a father / daughter

    team. Terry grew up being one of those kids who “ran home from school to watch” DS. I’m a

    2nd generation DS fan as he’s shared his love of the series with me which I’ve grown to

    love and cherish as well.

    That being said, of course with the new DS movie trailer being released this week, we are

    going to be discussing the new film during our radio show tomorrow night (Saturday March

    17th). We will be focusing on Dark Shadows during the 2nd half of our radio show tomorrow

    night March 17th from 8 to 10 pm pst… and we are inviting Dark Shadows fans to get

    involved and join us on the air (via telephone) to VOICE their opinions of the new film,

    for better or worse.

    Our live show actually begins at 6 pm pst / 9 pm est (it’s a four hour talk show). We have

    a guest scheduled for 7 pm pst who will be the lovely Denise “Vanity” Matthews from 1980s

    music / film / Prince fame. We are planning on having the DS segment of our show be the 2nd

    half of our show from 8 to 10 pm pst.. however, we encourage DS fans to tune in early. If

    our guest has to reschedule for any reason, we will be discussing DS during the entire four

    hour show.

    We encourage fans of Dark Shadows to get involved by joining us on air during our show on

    Saturday March 17th from 6 to 10 pm pst. If you’d like to join us on the air, please send

    an email to cultradio@ gmail.com (without the spaces).

    In the email please tell us what name you’d like to go by on air and a phone number we can

    call you at for the segment. We will NOT reveal your number (or identity if you prefer)

    but we have to have an email from you in advance so we can manage the segment without

    having multiple people call in a once.

    Also, this way, no one but us has to pay long distance charges. If you don’t want to give

    us your phone number, we can also connect to you via skype if you have it installed. If

    this is the method you’d like to use, just send us an email with your name and skype handle

    to cultradio@ gmail.com (without the spaces).

    We are an uncensored show and welcome anyone and everyone to take part in this open forum

    discussion on the new DS film.. whether your opinion is positive, negative, or otherwise.

    Also, please feel free to spread the word about this open forum discussion which will air


    We have also invited Jim Pierson of the DS community / conventions to join us on the air

    tomorrow and we are awaiting a response from him.

    Tiffany DuFoe
    Cult Radio

  • LSD Zombie

    Can’t say I’m all that shocked. The last great Burton Depp collaboration was Sleepy Hollow. And that was what, 12 years ago? After seeing this trailer, I can only imagine how shitty a sequel to Beetlejuice could be.

  • Foywonder

    I don’t know if the movie is going to be any good or not but that trailer truly is one of the worst in recent memory. It’s obvious just from listening to the use of musical cues to try and make the audience understand what they should be thinking and feeling all throughout this trailer that the studio has absolutely no clue how to market the movie.

  • elric300

    You broke my heart, Tim Burton. What a tragic looking misinterpretation of what could have been a beautiful movie. This is the first time EVER that I’m not looking forward to a new Tim Burton movie. What dark days have fallen upon us…

  • kiddcapone

    What…the…fuck ?!?!?!?! If Jonathan Frid was dead, he’d be rolling over in his coffin. What is this shit? Since when did Dark Shadows turn into The Addams Family? How can you take a supernatural dark drama series and change it into some slapstick funny light-hearted sitcomish movie?

    I’m still in disbelief over the trailer…It’s like I’m watching a preview for Translylvania-6500 part 2…Fuck you Tim Burton…I’ve been looking forward to this since it was announced and THIS is it !?!?! I don’t even think I’ll watch it now, nope….