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Dark Shadows

2012

Dark Shadows
 

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A Tim Burton sceen version of the 1960s daytime soap opera; the basic plot is faithful to the original, as are the key characters.

Directed by Tim Burton
Screenplay by Seth Grahame-Smith
Story by John August and Seth Grahame-Smith

Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins
Michelle Pfeiffer as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard
Carter Helena Bonham Carter as Dr. Julia Hoffman
Eva Green as Angelique Bouchard
Jackie Earle Haley as Willie Loomis
Jonny Lee Miller as Roger Collins
Bella Heathcote as Victoria Winters / Josette DuPres
Chloë Grace Moretz as Carolyn Stoddard
Gulliver McGrath as David Collins
Ray Shirley as Mrs. Johnson
Christopher Lee as Clarney
Ivan Kaye as Joshua Collins
Alice Cooper as Alice Cooper

Reviews

"I had forgotten that Johnny Depp can also be a serious actor - & here he plays the part of an English aristocrat settler in 1700s America - perfectly: having been turned into a vampire by an insanely jealous witch, he awakes 200 years later in 1970's America. To find a strange world, where the inevitable culture clash between the 2 eras is fertile ground for lots of laughs. And with background music of 1970s pop songs, it really is most enjoyable. Special effects - yes & quite well done, horror - not really, more on a par with Addams Family Values. OK, the plot is a bit simple, but you walk out of the cinema with a smile & not feeling as if you've wasted your money. Would buy the DVD provided it's well below a fiver." - S. Ahmad, from Amazon

"They assembled an all-star cast for this film. They included "dark" favorites such as Alice Cooper and Christopher Lee. Character actors like Depp and Helena Bonham Carter. Toss in Chloë Grace Moretz, Michelle Pfeiffer, Eva Green and a great soundtrack and you would think you would have a great film, right? They forgot to hire a writer. The film opens with a long narration to give us the 196 year old background, then shifts to 1972. Some of the humor involves the typical 200 year old man stuff coming into a strange era. It also had the immature "balls" humor. The dialogue was bad. It managed to be campy without being funny. The advantage of bringing the series to the big screen would be the use of great special effects limited by a stage. This was underutilized. This movie was classless. None of these women could hold a candle to Lara Parker. And if you are going to give 1972 as the year the movie takes place, why would you play music that wasn't released until 1978? I thought Chloë Grace Moretz did great in her role. Gulliver McGrath as David was also fairly decent. The writing, editing and directing killed this film." - The Movie Guy from Amazon

I think the film tried too hard to pay homage to the original soap - a pointless exercise, as the target audience hadn't been born then. Nor had a fair few of their parents. The 'back story' had a solid start, 300 years ago, brought to a rather sad tale of rival fish canners (I kid you not). A whole line of subplots was thrown in, but many of them failed, as the characters were often paper-thin, or the plots simply badly written. Some scenes might have been funny after 6 pints of beer, but failed in sobriety. But believe it or not, I quite enjoyed it, thougfh with that nagging thought, always there, that this could have been a new 'Rocky Horror Show', with a better script and tighter acting. - Drac

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