Excerpt: When Barnabas is unearthed 200 years later, he returns to find his family manor in disrepair and occupied by his distant and dysfunctional relatives. Of course, it’s now the early 1970s and Barnabas is experiencing a significant degree of culture shock.
Excerpt: For years, Johnny Depp wanted to make a feature film version of Dark Shadows , Dan Curtis’ gothic horror soap opera. Once he recruited frequent collaborator and BFF Tim Burton to direct, it seemed as though everything was in place to make a great, quirky horror-comedy.
Excerpt: When it comes to notable director/actor combos, I can think of only a few that really work. Sure we all know of DeNiro and Scorcese, perhaps Tony Scott and Denzel Washington, but I don’t think anyone will ever top Tim Burton and Johnny Depp.
Conclusion: While Tim Burton's movies are always worth a look, Dark Shadows is a little more fun than usual. Ironically one of the director's lighter films, this gothic comedy amuses consistently without quite adding up to something altogether satisfying.
Excerpt: Director Tim Burton resurrects the cult classic TV show Dark Shadows in the feature film that begins in the year 1752 where Joshua Collins (Ivan Kaye) and his lovely wife Naomi (Susanna Cappellero) leave their native England for the shores of America with their Barnabas in tow.
Conclusion: Known for his carnival-like gothic sensibilities, director Tim Burton tackles a personal childhood favorite in this remake of a cult TV series of the late 1960s. 'Dark Shadows' features another great performance from Johnny Depp and a strikingly memorable visual design, but the script and storyline...
Conclusion: Dark Shadows doesn't fall flat on its face but it doesn't lord over other horror comedies either. At its best it's a return to form of sorts for Burton, who hasn't quite indulged in his particular breed of gothic fairy tale storybooking in some time, and for Depp, who does quirky and darkly...