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Currently Watching: Dark Shadows (2012)

Currently watching: Dark Shadows (2012).

This is not only one of my favourite vampire movies but also one of my favourite Tim Burton and Johnny Depp movies.

I’m always so disappointed and frustrated when someone says they’ve never seen it.

If you haven’t seen it, it’s based on the 1960s/1970s soap opera of the same name and stars Johnny Depp (Edward Scissorhands), Michelle Pfeiffer (Batman Returns), Eva Green (Sin City), Helena Bonham Carter (Alice in Wonderland), Choë Grace Moretz (Kickass), Johnny Lee Miller (Trainspotting) and Bella Heathcote (In Time) among others.

This is what it’s about with a little help from Google:

“Barnabas Collins (the son of a wealthy couple) seals his own doom when he breaks the heart of a witch named Angelique (Eva Green). Angelique turns Barnabas into a vampire and buries him alive.

Two centuries later, Barnabas escapes from his tomb and seeks out what’s left of his family only to find his once grand estate has fallen into ruin.”

Johnny Depp is superb and utterly hilarious in this film! Every line he delivers is subtle comedy genius and that’s not even mentioning his physical comedy which is brilliant! Every time I watch it I notice something new.

I’ve actually never seen the original series. It was a bit before my time, running for nearly five years from 1966 to 1971.

Amazingly it racked up a total of 1250 20 minute episodes which by today’s standards is pretty impressive. It was revived (or re-imagined) in 1991 with a new cast (kind of like The Munsters) but that series only ran for 12 episodes.

I’d be interested to hear from anyone who HAS seen the original series to find out how this movie compares to it….

With an impressive cast including Michelle Pfeiffer, Choë Grace Moretz, Helena Bonham Carter, Johnny Lee Miller and of course the enchanting Eva Green, this is such a fun movie that you HAVE to see if you’re a fan of either Tim Burton, Johnny Depp, decent comedy, vampires, and/or all of the above.

Sadly you’ve no doubt scrolled past this film a few times not realising what an underrated gem it is. It may not be one of Tim Burton’s “bigger” movies, but in my opinion it’s easily one of his best, as well as one of Johnny Depp’s best character performances along with Edward Scissorhands and Jack Sparrow.

Do yourself a favour, if you haven’t seen this film give it a watch. You won’t regret it.

Seen it? What do you think? 🤔


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