I’ll fully admit that I have only seen one or two episodes of the original Dark Shadows television show but I think fans of the show that were eagerly looking towards Tim Burton’s adaptation might be a bit disappointed. Burton’s film that involves Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp) feels more like an Addams Family adaptation by using Barnabas as a comedic, man from another time element. However, since I wasn’t a faithful watcher of the original show, this trailer works for me. It looks like Burton is having fun and definitely delivering a project that seems personal.
From the Press Release:
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 Bouchard (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 is 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.
With a screenplay by Seth Grahame-Smith and story by John August and Seth Grahame-Smith, this new version, based on the television series created by Dan Curtis, is from producers Tim Burton, Richard D. Zanuck, Graham King, Johnny Depp, Christi Dembrowski, and David Kennedy.
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Tell us how you feel about the trailer. Are you upset or put off that it is not a faithful adaptation or could you care less?