Lost in Previews: Dark Shadows

Dark Shadows is a film based on the dark soap opera of the same name that ran in 1966.  It still has a fan base.  I believe the first time I heard of it is when Spence Ulchin (Patton Oswalt) dresses up as a character from the soap in an episode of The King of Queens.

Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp) is cursed by a witch (Eva Green) to become a vampire almost two hundred years ago.  He escapes his underground coffin to awake in 1972.  He goes back to his home and moves in with his descendants.  The witch is still alive as well and she seems to be set on getting him to love her or bad things will happen.  This is a Tim Burton film so it is a dark film, but it has plenty of comedy mixed in.  I actually thought the ghost of Barnabas’ dead lover looked a lot like Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas.  Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Jackie Earle Haley, Jonny Lee Miller, Chloe Moretz, Bella Heathcote, Thomas McDonell, and Gulliver McGrath join Johnny Depp and Eva Green in the film.

“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.”

Dark Shadows is in theatres May 11, 2012.

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