Dark Shadows – 2012 Movie Trailer

 

Oh boy. Get ready for some fan-boy controversy.

Tim Burton’s latest film, Dark Shadows features his trademark visual style and his favorite leading actors Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter.

Where there might be some controversy is the tone of the film. Dark Shadows was originally a gothic soap opera that aired from 1966 to 1971. Since the series ended, it has garnered a loyal and passionate cult following.

Based on this trailer, Tim Burton has decided to emphasize the more campy elements of the show. I’m sure that there is a loyal and shall we say… sensitive part of the Dark Shadows community that was hoping for a more serious treatment of the material. With the argument being that the original show was only campy due to the lack of a big budget and the soap opera television format which demanded a constant stream of story ideas and evolving, inconsistent plot points. Some would argue that the characters themselves were actually well thought out and fully dimensional.

In any event, I’m not sure why I was surprised at how the trailer for this film turned out. This is after all Tim Burton. It has his b-movie vibe throughout the trailer, combined with big budget stars  and first class special effects. The results are something akin to The Addams Family film franchise.

The question for audiences is whether that’s a good thing or bad thing?

Dark Shadows stars Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Eva Green, Chloe Moretz, Helena Bonham Carter, Jackie Earle Haley, and Jonny Lee Miller. The film is written by Seth Grahame-Smith. Dark Shadows is directed by Tim Burton. It is scheduled for release May 11, 2012.

 

Official Synopsis:

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.

Official Trailer:

 

 

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