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At the recent press conference for the upcoming Dark Shadows, director Tim Burton and star Johnny Depp were eager to speak about their latest collaboration as well as their deep rooted admiration for Dan Curtis’ original Gothic soap, which ran on ABC from 1966 to 1971.

The series followed 200-year-old vampire Barnabas, originally played by the late Jonathan Frid and portrayed by Depp in the movie, as well as members of the eccentric Collins family while they lived on the mysterious Collinwood estate and was well known for its creepy atmosphere and dark melodramatic flair.

Read on for the highlights of Burton’s and Depp’s remarks regarding the feature film adaptation of Dark Shadows (review here) as well as more on whether or not there’s the potential for a sequel in the future.

Depp and Burton discuss being fans of the original “Dark Shadows” series and how that motivated them to tackle a feature film adaptation of the show:

Burton: It’s one of those kind of things where the show had a lot of impact for some of us- Johnny, Michelle (Pfeiffer) and I were all kind of ‘there’ at the time when it came out, and I think we all just recall it being a very strong and interesting property.

So yeah, we’ve talked about Dark Shadows for many years, and I do think this is the first project that I ever remember for Johnny, where you sort of said that you wanted to play this ever since you were a little boy.

Depp: Just a wee tyke. I was a fan of the show, and I think our initial conversation – I think it was during Sweeney Todd – where I just blurted out in mid-conversation, “We should do a vampire movie together where you actually have a vampire that looks like a vampire.” And as you know, Dark Shadows was kind of looming on the periphery; then Tim and I started talking about it and how it should be shaped, and then Seth (Grahame-Smith) came on board to write, and the three of us just riffed. One thing led to another, and it basically dictated to us what it wanted to be in a sense with Tim in the forefront leading the troops.

Depp on his fascination with monsters:

It’s a strange thing because as a child I certainly had a fascination with monsters and vampires, as did Tim, and there’s this darkness, this mystery, this intrigue to the world of vampires. And then as you get older, you recognize this erotic nature of the vampire, the idea of the undead, and what was most interesting in terms of Barnabas was to make that guy, that vampire – who was clearly a vampire – fit back into this odd society and this dysfunctional family, and I think Tim did it rather seamlessly.

Depp on his approach to the role of Barnabas Collins:

Approaching Barnabas, even in the early days of trying to explore the possibilities of the character, no matter where you went in your head, I found that if you tried to veer away from the original Jonathan Frid character, it was apparent to both Tim and myself that it had to be rooted in Jonathan Frid’s character of Barnabas. It just had to be.

It was so classic and this sort of classic monster, like in Fangoria magazine or that kind of thing. So in terms of that Jonathan did have when he was playing Barnabas a kind of rigidity to him; that pole up the back sort of elegance that was always there. And yeah, I believe Tim and I talked early on that a vampire should look like a vampire; it was a kind of rebellion against vampires that look like underwear models. And there was a bit of Nosferatu in there, too.

But what I wanted to come across and what I wanted in Barnabas to come across was this idea of a very elegant, upper echelon, well-schooled gentleman who’s cursed in the 18th century and is brought back to probably the most surreal era of our time, the 1970s, or 1972 to be precise. Then we’d see how he’d react to things because of how radically different things were, not just through the technology and automobiles and such, but actual items of enjoyment for people like pet rocks and fake flowers and plastic fruit and troll dolls and lava lamps. Oh yeah- and the macramé owls; my favorite.

Depp on the cameos by the original players from the “Dark Shadows” television series:

It was great and I thought great of Tim to bring them into the fold; it was our way of saluting them, and Jonathan (Frid) was terrific. He had already written me a letter a couple years before and signed a photograph to me, sort of passing the baton of Barnabas to me, which I thought was very sweet. He had his cane with him, his original Barnabas cane, and I wasn’t sure when he actually saw me if he was going to attack me with it, but he didn’t so…(laughs).

Burton on the music choices for Dark Shadows and one of the film’s featured cameo players, Alice Cooper:

Setting it in 1972 was important because of the music; I remember that music from the AM radio and how it felt strange at the time and it still feels strange to me. That was the weird thing about the quality of music kind of going through everything, like really cheesy pop to really cool hardcore. But I also remember Alice Cooper being a strong influence for me, and he looks exactly the same now, which is really scary. Living in Arizona must do wonders (laughs).

Burton on a potential sequel for Dark Shadows:

Because of the nature of it being like a soap opera, (the open ending) was the structure; it wasn’t so much of a conscious decision. First of all, it’s a bit presumptuous to think that; if something works out, that’s one thing, but you can’t ever predict that. So that had more to do with the fact of the soap opera structure of it.

Like I said, there’s “Dark Shadows” fans and then there’s everybody else, and you can’t really make it with projecting what you think it’s going to be. First of all we make a movie that we wanted to see, and then you just hope for the best.

Johnny Depp & Tim Burton Talk Monsters, Macrame Owls, Sequel Potential and More for Dark Shadows

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Synapse’s Suspiria 4K Restoration Gets a Release Date



Earlier this year, we wrote about Synapse Films’ Suspiria 4K restoration and how it was available for pre-order. The weird catch was that there was no release date confirmed and that pre-orders would go out sometime in December 2017. Today that changes as we can confirm that the 3-disc special edition Blu-ray collection will come out December 19th, just in time for Christmas but a little late for Hanukkah. Any chance we can have one extra night this year?

Restored over three years, Synapse has been working tirelessly to create the ultimate version of Dario Argento’s 1977 classic supernatural horror film, which has since gone on to become one of the most recognized and lauded titles in the genre. This cut has been overseen and approved by Luciano Tovoli, the Director of Photography on the film.

Pre-orders are still available via Synapse Films’ website.

Special features:
*Limited edition of only 6000 units produced
*Exclusive Steelbook packaging and collector’s o-card sleeve, featuring artwork from Malleus, Van Orton Design, Juan José Saldarriaga & Chris MacGibbon
*Three disc [Two Blu-rays + One CD] limited collector’s edition (only 6000 units) containing a new 4K restoration of the original uncut, uncensored Italian 35mm camera negative exclusively done by Synapse Films, with color correction supervised and approved by SUSPIRIA Director of Photography, Luciano Tovoli
*Original 4.0 1977 English language LCRS sound mix not heard since the theatrical release in 1977, presented in high-resolution DTS-HD MA 96 Khz/24-bit audio
*Italian 5.1 surround sound mix
*Two audio commentaries by authors and Argento scholars, Derek Botelho, David Del Valle & Troy Howarth
*Do You Know Anything About Witches? – 30 minute SUSPIRIA visual essay written, edited and narrated by Michael Mackenzie
*Suzy in Nazi Germany – Featurette on the German locations from SUSPIRIA
*A Sigh from the Depths: 40 Years of SUSPIRIA – All-new anniversary retrospective on the making of the film and its influence on cinema
*Olga’s Story – Interview with star Barbara Magnolfi
*Original theatrical trailers, TV spots and radio spots
*Special Collector Edition Booklet containing an American Cinematographer interview with Luciano Tovoli, liner notes by Derek Botelho and restoration notes by Vincent Pereira & Don May, Jr. Cover artwork by Matthew Therrien Illustration
*“International Classics” English “Breathing Letters” opening credit sequence from U.S. release version
*Alternate All-English opening and closing credits sequences, playable via seamless branching
*Newly translated, removable English SDH subtitles for the English language version
*Newly translated, removable English subtitles for the Italian language version
*Exclusive CD remaster of Goblin’s SUSPIRIA motion picture soundtrack, containing additional tracks not included on the original 1977 soundtrack release

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Creep 2 Starring Mark Duplass Hits Netflix This December



Just the other day we shared with you guys an exclusive interview with Partick Brice, the director of the Mark Duplass-starring found footage flicks Creep and Creep 2.

Today we have the awesome news that the killer sequel Creep 2 (review) will be hitting Netflix streaming on December 23rd.

The original creeptastic motion picture is already streaming on Netflix so if you need to catch up – or just watch the original again – you can do so tonight and get ready for the sequel which, personally, I found to be superior (if even just slightly) to the original.

What did you think of the original film? Are you excited to check out the sequel? Or have you already seen it? Make sure to let us know in the comments below or on social media!

Creep 2 starring Mark Duplass and Desiree Akhavan hits Netflix December 23rd!


Desiree Akhavan (“Girls”, APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR) stars as Sara, a video artist whose primary focus is creating intimacy with lonely men. After finding an ad online for “video work,” she thinks she may have found the subject of her dreams. She drives to a remote house in the forest and meets a man claiming to be a serial killer (Mark Duplass, reprising his role from the previous film). Unable to resist the chance to create a truly shocking piece of art, she agrees to spend the day with him. However, as the day goes on she discovers she may have dug herself into a hole she can’t escape.

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Waxwork Records Unveils Phenomenal 2018 Subscription Package



Our pals over at Waxwork Records have unveiled their 2018 subscription bundle and it’s packed to the brim with some absolutely fantastic titles! Horror fans who enjoy spinning their music on turntables can look forward to two Romero titles, Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead, Joe Dante’s The ‘Burbs, Sam Raimi’s Drag Me to Hell, and lastly they’ll have Jordan Peele’s smash success title Get Out. On top of getting those five records, those who join the subscription program will also receive a t-shirt, coffee mug, poster, notebook, magnet, enamel pin, calendar, and more.

For Night of the Living Dead, Waxwork Records worked closely with the film’s original creators, including Romero himself prior to his passing, the Museum of Modern Art, and The Criterion Collection so that they could source audio from the 4K restoration. It will be released as a 2xLP package.

Dawn of the Dead will also get a 2xLP release that will include brand new artwork, re-mastered audio, and more. The same kind of treatment is being given to The ‘Burbs. Christopher Young’s Drag Me to Hell soundtrack will be a single LP but will get the same level of attention and quality as the other titles.

As for Peele’s Get Out. Michael Abels; score will be released on a 2xLP vinyl set and will pay tribute to one of the most culturally significant movies of the past several years.

The Waxwork Records subscription package will be $250 ($285 in Canada) and will open up for sale this Friday, the 24th. More information can be found on Waxwork’s website.

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