Vampire Barnabas Collins 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 and family have fallen into ruin.
|Release Date||:||May 8, 2012|
|Production Company||:||Village Roadshow Pictures, Infinitum Nihil, GK Films, Warner Bros., Tim Burton Productions, Dan Curtis Productions, Zanuck Company, The|
|Production Countries||:||Australia, United States of America|
|Writers||:||Seth Grahame-Smith, John August, Seth Grahame-Smith|
|Casts||:||Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Jackie Earle Haley, Jonny Lee Miller, Eva Green, Bella Heathcote, Chloë Grace Moretz, Gulliver McGrath, Ray Shirley, Christopher Lee, Alice Cooper, Ivan Kaye, Susanna Cappellaro, Raffey Cassidy, Alexia Osborne, William Hope, Glen Mexted, Josephine Butler, Shane Rimmer, Michael Shannon, Nigel Whitmey, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Hannah Murray, Charlotte Spencer|
|Plot Keywords||:||witch, imprisonment, vampire, curse, fish out of water, chains, gothic, madness, old house, lost love, angry mob, 18th century, ghost, hidden room, old mansion|
The film can't decide whether it's a fish-out-of-water comedy or a Gothic thriller/romance. Instead, we get treated to a bipolar movie that is, at times, really funny, but mostly full of unnecessary exposition. I think Burton wanted to honor the TV show by adding in so many details, but frankly, it was boring at times as they moved from one plot point to another. Some of the "wrap up" surprises at the end came off as forced. Though I'm glad they didn't rely on as much CGI to create the set pieces, one major scene involving a concert looked like it was stolen from the Austin Powers films.
Johnny Depp did some great physical comedy as well as Helena Bonham Carter and Jackie Earle Haley, but Dark Shadows should go back to the grave.