Dark Shadows

Dark Shadows

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Dark Shadows

Tim Burton directs this comedy adaptation of the cult gothic-horror TV series (which ran from 1966-1971). Starring Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Michelle Pfeiffer and Chloë Moretz.

In the 16th Century, the English-born Barnabas Collins (Depp) is living a wealthy and powerful life as an American playboy in the town of Collinsport, Maine. But after breaking the heart of a secretive witch, Barnabas is turned into a vampire and buried alive for 200 years. Upon his release in the year 1972, he finds his once-thriving establishment to be in tatters, with his descendants equally as broken.

This will mark the eighth pairing of Burton and Depp, the seventh pairing of Burton and Bonham Carter (Burton's wife), and the fourth pairing of Depp and Bonham Carter in a Burton film.

2012Rating: M, contains horror, violence, offensive language and drug use113 minsUSA
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Reviews & comments

Village Voice

Village Voice

press

"Wood" is still by far Depp and Burton's best collaboration, exhibiting the balance of tone between kitsch parody and zealous fantasy that's missing in Dark Shadows, less a resurrection than a clumsy desecration.

0
Variety

Variety

press

This bizarre but weirdly bloodless retro-camp exercise is neither funny nor eerie enough to seduce the uninitiated, and will court bemused reactions at best from the series' still-estimable fan following.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

One of the strangest mainstream releases of recent times, Dark Shadows' demented gothic melodrama/fish-out-of-water comedy/creature feature feels like you've slipped into a Burton fever-dream.

3.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Burton, as usual, is great on atmosphere and comic timing (these are his weirdest moments since Ed Wood), but less so at reining in an overcomplicated plot and dimly lit action scenes.

3.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Dark Shadows sinks its teeth half-way into its potentially meaty material but hesitates to go all the way.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Dark Shadows sinks its teeth half-way into its potentially meaty material but hesitates to go all the way.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A step up from Alice In Wonderland and Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, but not tip-top Tim.

3.0
0
Collider

Collider

press

There’s nothing particularly infuriating about the film, because fury would require passion. Dark Shadows wants to be frightful, but it’s just frightfully dull.

0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

Any proper adaptation of Dark Shadows, even one that acknowledges and celebrates its camp silliness as much as Burton's does, has to immerse itself in soap opera, too, and it's here that the director's lack of conviction becomes apparent.

0

Burton doesn't fail to provide a fantastical plot, set or costume design, and Depp and Green deliver stellar performances as expected. However, little else impresses - the story falls short, action and suspense is absent, and the supporting cast mainly Chloe Moretz and Bella Heathcote bring nothing to the table.

2.0
0

WOW. Quite a few 4 star user reveiws and even a 5 star?!?! I didn't expect much, but even so it still managed to disappoint me...quite a yawn-fest. Maybe the fact that I saw it on an empty stomach didn't help. But the shorts showed all of the best bits, and I thought it could have been much better if they focussed more on the comedy.

2.0
0

This is one good movie. It is a love story like no other and it just works.The artistry of Tim Burton the film maker really shows through.A very slick production! It is also an example of flawless acting by Jonny Depp. The whole story is very believable and holds the viewer for the entire film.The sets,the makeup,the humour all add to the experience. It...

4.0
0

There were no surprises when Tim Burton announced that his next film would be one based on the cult hit 70's TV show "Dark Shadows", nor were there any when Johnny Depp was announced to star. In fact, it may have shown that the current audience may be suffering from some form of Burton/Depp fatigue. Which is unfortunate, because from their long career...

4.0
0

Dark Shadows Predicably its a Tim Burton and Johnny Depp mash up, much like 'Edward Scisorhands' and a kin to 'Interview with a Vampire'. It is, of course a wonderfully delightful piece of film making, however if you didnt enjoy 'Corpes Bride' then it may not be your cup of tea. Basically, thats it, tho I did like the reasoning for Depp to want to sleep in...

2.0
0

Okay, so clearly the team that is Tim Burton and Johnny Depp (and Helena Bonham Carter!) is epic for a reason - and this film definitely shows flashes of this developed genius! Dark Shadows is a quirky mix of comedy and gothic, often within the very same scene - the hippie campfire springs to mind - and somehow, it just works. No one does quirky better than...

4.0
0

This film was pure entertainment from the get go. Interesting characters, art and cinematography.

5.0
0

There are not too many movies these day that can keep me fully entertained from go to woe without checking my watch to see how much time I have wasted but this was one. Dark Shadows is great fun with some wonderful performances from a great cast.

4.0
0

Started good but then towards the middle the story started boring me. The visual effects and music were great though.

3.0
0

DVD movie

4.0
0
Village Voice

Village Voice

press

"Wood" is still by far Depp and Burton's best collaboration, exhibiting the balance of tone between kitsch parody and zealous fantasy that's missing in Dark Shadows, less a resurrection than a clumsy desecration.

0
Variety

Variety

press

This bizarre but weirdly bloodless retro-camp exercise is neither funny nor eerie enough to seduce the uninitiated, and will court bemused reactions at best from the series' still-estimable fan following.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

One of the strangest mainstream releases of recent times, Dark Shadows' demented gothic melodrama/fish-out-of-water comedy/creature feature feels like you've slipped into a Burton fever-dream.

3.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Burton, as usual, is great on atmosphere and comic timing (these are his weirdest moments since Ed Wood), but less so at reining in an overcomplicated plot and dimly lit action scenes.

3.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Dark Shadows sinks its teeth half-way into its potentially meaty material but hesitates to go all the way.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Dark Shadows sinks its teeth half-way into its potentially meaty material but hesitates to go all the way.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A step up from Alice In Wonderland and Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, but not tip-top Tim.

3.0
0
Collider

Collider

press

There’s nothing particularly infuriating about the film, because fury would require passion. Dark Shadows wants to be frightful, but it’s just frightfully dull.

0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

Any proper adaptation of Dark Shadows, even one that acknowledges and celebrates its camp silliness as much as Burton's does, has to immerse itself in soap opera, too, and it's here that the director's lack of conviction becomes apparent.

0

Burton doesn't fail to provide a fantastical plot, set or costume design, and Depp and Green deliver stellar performances as expected. However, little else impresses - the story falls short, action and suspense is absent, and the supporting cast mainly Chloe Moretz and Bella Heathcote bring nothing to the table.

2.0
0

WOW. Quite a few 4 star user reveiws and even a 5 star?!?! I didn't expect much, but even so it still managed to disappoint me...quite a yawn-fest. Maybe the fact that I saw it on an empty stomach didn't help. But the shorts showed all of the best bits, and I thought it could have been much better if they focussed more on the comedy.

2.0
0

This is one good movie. It is a love story like no other and it just works.The artistry of Tim Burton the film maker really shows through.A very slick production! It is also an example of flawless acting by Jonny Depp. The whole story is very believable and holds the viewer for the entire film.The sets,the makeup,the humour all add to the experience. It...

4.0
0

There were no surprises when Tim Burton announced that his next film would be one based on the cult hit 70's TV show "Dark Shadows", nor were there any when Johnny Depp was announced to star. In fact, it may have shown that the current audience may be suffering from some form of Burton/Depp fatigue. Which is unfortunate, because from their long career...

4.0
0

Dark Shadows Predicably its a Tim Burton and Johnny Depp mash up, much like 'Edward Scisorhands' and a kin to 'Interview with a Vampire'. It is, of course a wonderfully delightful piece of film making, however if you didnt enjoy 'Corpes Bride' then it may not be your cup of tea. Basically, thats it, tho I did like the reasoning for Depp to want to sleep...

2.0
0

Okay, so clearly the team that is Tim Burton and Johnny Depp (and Helena Bonham Carter!) is epic for a reason - and this film definitely shows flashes of this developed genius! Dark Shadows is a quirky mix of comedy and gothic, often within the very same scene - the hippie campfire springs to mind - and somehow, it just works. No one does quirky better...

4.0
0

This film was pure entertainment from the get go. Interesting characters, art and cinematography.

5.0
0

There are not too many movies these day that can keep me fully entertained from go to woe without checking my watch to see how much time I have wasted but this was one. Dark Shadows is great fun with some wonderful performances from a great cast.

4.0
0

Started good but then towards the middle the story started boring me. The visual effects and music were great though.

3.0
0

DVD movie

4.0
0