If you were to tell 9-year-old me that Tim Burton was making a movie about vampires, I would lose my shit. However, if you tell present-day me that, I get a little underwhelmed. Burton’s had diminishing returns over the last decade (or do) and nothing about the upcoming DARK SHADOWS really gets my heart pumping.
The three new images from the film aren’t winning me over but they sure look pretty. The film, based on the cult TV series from the 70’s, is about Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp) a vampire from the 1700’s who awakes in the 1970’s to find his gorgeous estate in ruins. Barnabas’s modern-day family have plenty of problems to keep the vampire busy.
Fans of Burton are going to love these new pictures. Everything looks dark, morose and haunting. Fits nicely in the director’s canon, huh?
I will say this: the cast is top notch. Depp, Eva Green, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Chloe Moretz, Jackie Earle Haley – these are some great performers. Will it add up? Will this be the first great Burton movie in ages? We’ll find out when DARK SHADOWS opens on May 11th.
The official plot synopsis is below two more photos. Thanks to Coming Soon for the heads up.
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 (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 (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 (Haley) and David’s new nanny, Victoria Winters, played by Bella Heathcote.