Enough with the set pics, we finally get to see Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins in creepy motion. Tim Burton‘s latest is based on the 1966-71 vampire soap opera which also featured ghosts, werewolves and witches. The original series was known for it’s gothic atmosphere and melodrama, but it seems Burton has gone a completely different route with this one.
When Barnabas returns in 1972, he has to deal with his present day relatives, played by Michelle Pfieffer, Chloe Moretz, Jonny Lee Miller and Helena Bonham Carter as the family’s psychiatrist.
Besides dealing with the fact that people get around in cars now, there is Eva Green‘s witch Angelique who is trying to seduce him 200 years later. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from this, but it looks like it could be really good.
Dark Shadows will be in theaters May 11th, check out the trailer!
I guess I was under the impression that “Dark Shadows” wasn’t going to be quite as cheeky as it seems. I’m diggin’ it, man. And the soundtrack will be 70’s-cool. And in IMAX, my babies.
Who’s excited about the upcoming film, Dark Shadows? I’m kind of excited. When I was in 3rd grade I used to sneak over to my Valerie’s house to watch the vampire soap opera after school. I wasn’t really allowed to watch it because it was “devil dog” (as we call anything relating the occult, horror, or supernatural stuff).
Oh, Devil Dogs.
ANYrandom. Here’s a quick synopsis of the Dark Shadows storyline for those of you who either don’t remember or are too young to remember this creepy show. (THE SECRET ROOM! GAAAH!!)
via Warner Bros.
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 Brouchard (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.
Tim Burton is directing and producing Dark Shadows from a screenplay by Seth Grahame-Smith, story by John August and Grahame-Smith, based on the television series created by Dan Curtis. The behind-the-scenes creative team includes cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel, Oscar®-winning production designer Rick Heinrichs (Sleepy Hollow), Oscar®-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood (Alice in Wonderland) and editor Chris Lebenzon (Alice in Wonderland). The score will be composed by Danny Elfman.
Dark Shadows is being filmed entirely in England, both at Pinewood Studios and on location and stars Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Jackie Earle Haley, Jonny Lee Miller, Bella Heathcote, Chloe Moretz, and newcomer Gulliver McGrath.
Ooooooh….skeddddddddeeeee! Hey. Wanna see something cool?
This piece of art is being displayed at La Cinémathèque française in Paris.
Drawings, sculptures (including several original works created by Tim Burton for the exhibition), large-format Polaroids made by the artist, accessories, models, costumes and film excerpts (unreleased long and short features).
Associated with the exhibition:
– A Tim Burton Retrospective
– Guided tours
– Pedagogical workshops…
– And the exhibition catalogue in collaboration with MoMA, in French.
La Cinémathèque française
51 rue de Bercy -75012 PARIS
Mondays and Wednesday to Friday
from 12 noon to 7 pm
Weekends, holidays and school vacations (14 to 29 April and 4 July to 5 August): 10 am – 8 pm
Open on Thursday evenings until 10 pm; closed on Tuesdays and on May 1
Normal rate €11* Reduced rate €8.50* Under 18 €5.50* Exhibition + museum: €13*
Tickets on sale starting on December 9 at www.cinematheque.fr and www.fnac.com
Tick’n Go (undated priority access ticket): €14, sold only on fnac.com and at fnac stores
Family Special (2 adults + 2 children): €30.50, sold only on fnac.com and at fnac stores
Guided tour on Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30 am: €12*
FSL visit on certain Sundays at 11:30 am: €5.50
* + €1 for Internet presale
Tim Burton remakes his 1984 short with this cute, full-length stop motion feature. The story involves a boy named Victor who loses his beloved dog Sparky and decides to play doctor by bringing him back to life with some stitches and the help of a few lightning strikes. The movie features the voices of a couple of Burton favorites, Winona Ryder, Martin Short, Catherine O’Hara and Martin Landau.
The warped visuals of a Burton film are never in doubt, so to say that this movie looks vintage, strange, and gorgeous probably isn’t necessary; but it also seems to have some thematic connections with past Burton works that might be worth mentioning. The best Burton films have always been about not just about oddities, but about youthful dreamers, and this one looks to have that in spades. It’s got the weird mixing of the Gothic macabre with suburban malaise that worked so well in Edward Scissorhands and Beetlejuice as well. And it explores childhood emotions and the way traumatic experiences effect kids differently than they do adults, because they’ve yet to develop the necessary coping mechanisms (you know, Pee-Wee losing his bike syndrome).
In addition to all that, Frankenweenie also seems to have more homages to classic Frankenstein movies than you could shake a stick at. So even if you’re not typically a fan of Burton’s oddball work, there’s a whole other level that you might be able to enjoy this film on. Whether you’ve been high the man’s recent output or not, this trailer is one that everyone will probably want to check out. Give it a chance.
Frankenweenie hits theaters October 5, and we can’t wait to see it!