Dark Shadows Trailer

Here’s the first official trailer for Dark Shadows, directed by Tim Burton.

Based on the 1966–1971 gothic soap opera of the same name, Dark Shadows centers around the life of vampire Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp) and his run-ins with various monsters, witches, werewolves and ghosts.

The cast includes Eva Green, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Jonny Lee Miller, Eva Green, Chlöe Moretz, Jackie Earle Haley, Christopher and Alice Cooper. Seth Grahame-Smith wrote the screenplay for the film.

Dark Shadows is set to premiere on May 11, 2012.

8 Responses

  1. Stephanie Chan says:

    Urp. Is it just me, or has Tim Burton has jumped so many sharks? I used to like his earlier stuff, but at this point he seems like a total caricature of himself.

    • Juan Barquin says:

      @Stephanie Chan, I’d have to say it’s you and half of his audiences, including a friend of mine who I’ve been arguing a lot about this film with.

      I actually disagree with you wholeheartedly. I think from 40 seconds on, this is probably the most genius thing he’s done since Big Fish. He’s had a few flops (Charlie, Planet, and Alice specifically), but he really looks like he’s diving back into his past and getting very campy – which is what he does best. It doesn’t seem to take itself seriously at all, and let’s face it, that’s when he’s at his top work. Ed Wood (masterpiece), Mars Attacks!, Batman, Batman Returns (especially), Beetlejuice, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (can’t get campier than that), and even Edward Scissorhands all have this seamless blending of fantasy and realism that only works so beautifully because it’s camp.

      Blah that’s one big rambly mess of words

      • Stephanie Chan says:

        @Juan Barquin, Hmm, perhaps. I agree with you: Charlie and Alice (I didn’t see Planet) were total disappointments, but Big Fish Batman Returns, Edward Scissorhands, etc. are all fantastic. I do hope that this marks a return to his old flights of fancy, but I can’t help but be skeptical because it seems like his fan base (and the public) have given him carte blanche. At this point, he’s a household name and that always seems dangerous for any artist because it allows them to get sloppy.

        I do have to admit that part of my negative bias is due to the fact that Johnny Depp annoys the hell out me lol Because I feel like he just plays the same character (himself) in pretty much every movie now.

        • Rodrigo says:

          @Stephanie Chan, The last time I really enjoyed a Burton film was with Sweeney Todd, which included Depp. While I don’t hate Depp as an actor (loved his guest apperance on Life’s Too Short when he feuded with Gervais about the 2011 Golden Globes), I don’t think too highly of him after he played Jack Sparrow.

          Dark Shadows could be hit or miss.

  2. Stephanie Chan says:

    @Rodrigo, I never saw Sweeney Todd! I’ve been meaning to, but I guess I’m just kind of bored with the aesthetic. At this point, both Depp and Burton seem very one-note to me. I think Depp was exploring new roles and everything (for some reason, his performance in Blow is standing out in my mind), but now he’s like way too comfortable and just plays “the many faces of Willy Wonka” whenever he’s in a movie.

    I guess I can’t knock ’em for having strong personalities; I just kind of find it tedious. I want them to wow me, or push the craft further.

    Of course, I could be totally wrong and Dark Shadows could show Burton and Depp are swinging strong.

  3. Dan says:

    I know many people don’t like this trailer but I like its sense of humor. It reminds me a little of Beetlejuice…I just hope Tim Burton can rekindle some of that magic. As usual, visually, it looks fantastic.

    • amy says:

      @Dan, I’m with you here~ I don’t care how much people will hate on this… I will probably like it hahaha. After all, I was one of the few that liked Alice. The trailer was pretty hilarious, and I agree with Juan saying that he’s going campy… though, I thought he was pretty campy on Alice as well.