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As a huge fan of the show, I was apprehensive about the movie. Johnny Depp isn't a bad actor, but seems to lack the ability to play anything straight, and I was worried that he would completely comedy and camp it up. Surprisingly, I found myself really liking it, especially the first hour or so. It doesn't replace the show or anything like that for me, but I thought it was mostly respectful to the original, and good.
Not Depp's or Burton's worst but not their best either. It had some fun moments. Worth a look but not as good as The Addam's Family movie of about 25 years ago.
This underrated Tim Burton gem resurrects the soap opera Dark Shadows from the grave and brings it to new heights with a contemporary interpretation of a cult classic. After being buried alive for 200 years by his spurned witch paramour Angelique, vampire Barnabas Collins is released from his earthly prison, must adapt to life in the 70s, and tries to restore his family's legacy to its former glory. If you are a fan of campy, playful, macabre works, then you will adore this film that has a surprising amount of wit and plenty of fun, over-the-top moments. Dark Shadows is of my favorite movies (I think I've watched it at least 15 times) and is the perfect way to start your Halloween movie marathon.
This was a great movie. Helena Bonham Carter killed it as always. The ending was kind of really bad though
I thought the film was okay for about the first hour and a half, nothing great, but tolerable. The last thirty minutes cemented this as one of Tim Burton's worsts.
Join the 70's again in this Tim Burton film. Johnny Depp plays Barnabas Collins, with a great supporting cast including Michelle Pfeiffer. Ms. Pfeiffer seems to have lots of fun and it was good to see her again. Carpenter's music feature heavily--just warning you!!
Do not let bitsymom,jivejoe, et al sway you from watching this great, awesome movie. I admit that the first time I watched Dark Shadows, I was anticipating a mystery/horror movie and what I got was so much more. I've since watched it two more times and definitely recommend it to everyone.
Horrible, horrible horrible. Johnny Depp STUNK. He should take his money and buy up all the copies of this horrid movie and hope that no one remembers it. I hated everything about this movie. Bad acting, bad directing, bad script. Enough said.
Quite probably Johnny Depp is one of the finest comedic actors who has ever lived, but after watching this film he's got to be the only one who could have pulled it off! What a quality comedy tale filled with minimalist horror, but too lighthearted to count! Didn't realize Eva Green could be so hot! And Michelle Pfeiffer, Chloe Grace Moretz, Helena Bonham-Carter were outstanding in their roles!
“Dark Shadows” follows Barnabas Collins, a man from the 1700s who spurns Angelique (a witch), and is subsequently transformed into a vampire. He is imprisoned in a coffin by Angelique for 200 years before finally escaping. The only problem? The year is now 1976, and the surviving Collins family members are down on their luck. The family’s fishing business (where their fortune originally was made) has been run into the ground by a rival company owned by a still-living Angelique. When he arrives, Barnabas makes it his mission to restore the Collins to their formal glory, and hilarity ensues.
“Dark Shadows” is loosely based on the 1966-1971 sitcom of the same name. Overall, “Dark Shadows” is an enjoyable film that can be a described as a funny horror movie. The actors do a wonderful job of bringing their characters to life. The characters themselves are unique and interesting, and each one has an intricate backstory specific to them. The setting is just creepy enough to give viewers the chills, but the entertaining neon lights and upbeat music of the seventies helps to combat this fear. The plot of “Dark Shadows” is clever, and is filled with a pleasant blend of scares and humor.
The author of this review highly recommends “Dark Shadows”. It is a funny, spooky movie that will keep viewers entertained. While fans of the original television show may find the film to be a bit disappointing, others will find it interesting. The author of this review believes this film to be suitable for ages thirteen and up.
Johnny Depp's specialty and he plays it well. Light and entertaining!
An ok movie. Would like to have seen a little more regarding 'supernatural powers'.
A lot of people criticized this as just another excuse for Tim Burton and Johnny Depp (I think this is their 8th film together) to screw around. And Depp does follow the formula he's been using since "Pirates:" funny haircut, elaborate costume, accent. Maybe because I had really low expectations, but I kinda enjoyed this big screen adaptation of the cult TV show. It's largely a triumph of production design (Charles Addams meets the groovy 70s) and casting. Depp is supported (and often upstaged) by Michelle Pfeiffer, Chloe Grace Moretz, Helena Bonham-Carter and a very sensual Eva Green. Alice Cooper and Christopher Lee have bit parts. I never saw the show, so can't compare, but some fans objected to the kitschy, tongue in cheek tone of this.
I was surprised to find I LOVED this movie! I had actually expected not to, which is why I waited so long to see it. I was a Dark Shadows fan as a kid, and I too was happy to see how much of the original storyline they used. I went back a re-watched original episodes to compare and was pleasantly astonished to discover some of the original dialog was even incorporated into the script! As I often do in Tim Burton films, I found the over the top makeup for Barnabas distracting but I thoroughly enjoyed Depp's portrayal of the character. I also loved the 1972 humor references. I lived through 1972 and they got it EXACTLY right! Loved that! Also loved the Gorey reference in Barnabas' daytime costume, complete with umbrella. Also loved the cameos of some of the original Dark Shadows cast. How do I give this a whole row of stars?
The majority of this movie was mostly just dialouge. I thought they had a really good storyline and they had brilliant actors who really acted out their part. Part of the reason I watched this movie was for Chloe Grace Moretz.
I was a HUGE Dark Shadows fan when I was age 7-10 when it was first on the air. Truly, I was one of those kids who ran home from school to watch the show. I even started watching the soaps before it because I was waiting for DS. I was disappointed when I heard that Burton and Depp were taking a more comedic approach to the movie. However, I was actually quite pleased with the film, itself. For sure, there were a lot of funny bits but there was also a respect for the core characters and the core storyline. I ended up watching the movie twice because during the first viewing I was riddled with anaesthetic from surgery earlier that day and I, literally, could not remember a thing afterwards. Depp does an amazing impression of Jonathan Frid's 'Barnabas Collins', down to little facial tics and his cadence of speech. If you were/are a Dark Shadows fan, keep an open mind but definitely watch the film. If you are new to the world of Dark Shadows, then definitely watch the original TV episodes and the movies.
A stylish fantasy that featured the culture (Moody Blues, hippies, Alice Cooper etc) of 1972; fast paced events on vampire, witch, romance, obsession, family, dark secrets and a grand old mansion.
OMG Barnabhus Collinswas (johny depp) so great in dark shadows how romantic and funny and very loyal in my opinon its the greatest movie ive ever seen
I didn't care for this one. It was slow and boring. The characters were not as developed as I would have liked and the story was weak. I gave it one star for the set and costumes.
First 5 minutes were interesting, then movie dragged for about 30 minutes. It gets interesting again after that.
I'm not a huge Burton fan, but this one was entertaining.