Dark Shadows

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"Every Family Has Its Demons"
  • PG-13
  • 2012
  • 6.2  (279,002)
  • 55

In 1972, Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp), a wealthy and powerful playboy, comes back to his ancestral home in Collinsport, Maine after being buried alive for 200 years. He discovers that his family's business has declined and that his descendants are struggling to keep up with modern times. When he meets the new governess, Victoria Winters (Bella Heathcote), he recognizes a striking resemblance to his long-lost love, Josette (also played by Heathcote).

As Barnabas tries to bring the Collins family back to its former glory, he must also navigate a world that is vastly different from the one he knew. He discovers that the Collins family has a dark secret: They are cursed by a witch, Angelique (Eva Green), who was once in love with Barnabas. Barnabas must confront Angelique and lift the curse that has haunted his family for centuries.

Dark Shadows is a gothic horror-comedy that is a tribute to the 1960s television series of the same name. Director Tim Burton adds his signature style to the film with his use of Gothic architecture and surreal imagery. The film also features a stellar cast, with Depp bringing his unique charm to the role of Barnabas Collins. Michelle Pfeiffer is excellent as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, the matriarch of the Collins family, while Eva Green is delightfully wicked as the vengeful and seductive witch, Angelique. The supporting cast includes talented actors such as Helena Bonham Carter, Jackie Earle Haley, and Jonny Lee Miller.

The film has a perfect blend of horror, comedy, and romance. Burton's love of classic horror and comedy shines through in the film's humorous and whimsical moments. He pays homage to horror films of the past while also adding his own unique twist to the genre. The romance between Barnabas and Victoria is sweet and sincere, adding a touch of heart to the film.

The film's setting is a character in itself. The gloomy and mysterious Collinsport adds to the film's gothic aesthetic, with its dark and shadowy streets and eerie landscapes. The cinematography by Bruno Delbonnel is stunning, with his use of warm colors and gothic imagery elevating the film's visual experience.

The special effects in the film are impressive, with the makeup and prosthetics used to transform Depp into the pale and brooding Barnabas Collins being particularly noteworthy. Danny Elfman's score is also a highlight, with its haunting and melodic themes perfectly capturing the film's gothic tone.

Overall, Dark Shadows is a fun and entertaining film that pays tribute to classic horror and comedy while also adding its own unique spin. The film boasts a talented cast, stunning visuals, and an engaging story that will keep audiences entertained from beginning to end.

Dark Shadows is a 2012 comedy. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.2 and a MetaScore of 55.

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  • Release Date
    2012
  • MPAA Rating
    PG-13
  • Language
    English
  • IMDB Rating
    6.2  (279,002)
  • Metascore
    55
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