Sunday, March 11, 2012

Depp & Burton resurrect Dark Shadows (again)

For Tim Burton's 2012 live action outing, he is reviving 60s Horror Soap Opera, Dark Shadows. Vampires, werewolves and witches cross paths with the upper class Collins family in their Maine mansion.. The show ran from 1966 - 1971, with Jonathan Frid as head vampire, Barnabas Collins.

The show was briefly revived in 1991 with Ben Cross as Barnabas Collins & Joseph Gordon-Levitt as David Collins.

Burton's take seems a touch cartoonish (Depp looks like he stepped out of the Dick Tracy movie, as a vampire), but Depp claims it is a return to "vampires who look like vampires", in the Nosferatu / Dracula vein. Depp & Burton have more brilliant collaborations than bland ones, and Dark Shadows combines juicy source material with a killer cast: Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer (returning to the Burtonverse for the first time since Batman Returns), Chloe Grace Moretz, Eva Green, Johnny Lee Miller, Helena Bonham Carter & Jackie Earle Haley.

And just because the internet can be a strange, strange place - a musical montage tribute to the loves of Barnabas Collins (one of several) after the cut: