Dark Shadows (2012)

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Director Tim Burton brings the cult classic series “Dark Shadows” to the big screen featuring an all-star cast, led by Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer and Helena Bonham Carter.

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 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 (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.

Burton is directing “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. Also producing are Oscar® winner Richard D. Zanuck (“Alice in Wonderland,” “Driving Miss Daisy”), continuing his long association with Burton; Oscar® winner Graham King, (“Rango,” “The Departed”), continuing his collaboration with Depp; Johnny Depp, Christi Dembrowski, and David Kennedy. The executive producers are Chris Lebenzon, Tim Headington, and Bruce Berman.

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 is composed by Danny Elfman.

A Warner Bros. Pictures presentation in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, an Infinitum Nihil/GK Films/Zanuck Company production, a Tim Burton film, “Dark Shadows” is slated to open on May 11, 2012, and will be distributed worldwide in theatres and IMAX by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.
Dark Shadows Release Date
In Theaters May 11, 2012
Dark Shadows Credits
Starring: Johnny Depp, Eva Green, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jonny Lee Miller, Chloe Moretz, Helena Bonham Carter, Jackie Earle Haley and Bella Heathcote.
Directed by: Tim Burton
Produced by: Christi Dembrowski, Johnny Depp, David Kennedy, Graham King, and Richard D. Zanuck
Distributor: Warner Bros Pictures
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by Eric Eisenberg December 27, 2012 discussion comments
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Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows will hit Blu-Ray and DVD on October 2. Warner Home Entertainment is actually trying something pretty cool with the bonus features on the upcoming Blu-Ray disc. While a set of deleted scenes will be available in regular viewing mode, the nine bonus featurettes will be “points” in the separate, interactive viewing mode.
by Jessica Grabert August 21, 2012 discussion comments
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The Avengers continued its triumphant box office reign this weekend, breaking more records, nearly overtaking Hunger Games to be the top money maker of the year so far, and leaving Tim Burton and Johnny Depp's Dark Shadows to languish in a depressing, money-losing second place.
by Scott Gwin May 13, 2012 discussion comments
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by Katey Rich May 12, 2012 discussion comments
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This week on Operation Kino we're so sick of Tim Burton we can't even be bothered to review his new movie, Dark Shadows. Instead we hand over the review segment to two very good new indies, Sound of My Voice and Sleepless Night, and then hand over Segment 3 to Mr. Burton, specifically in trying to figure out how his career went wrong and if it might get better
by Operation Kino May 11, 2012 discussion comments
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by Sean O'Connell and Kristy Puchko May 9, 2012 discussion comments
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by Doug Norrie May 6, 2012 discussion comments
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Based on the horror soap opera from the 1960s, the story follows Collins as he is cursed by a witch (Eva Green), turned into a vampire and, as mentioned before, buried alive (well, undead). Released during the 1970s, he finds that his the Collins name, estate and company isn't what it was and takes it upon himself to bring them back to the top.
by Eric Eisenberg March 26, 2012 discussion comments
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by Eric Eisenberg March 20, 2012 discussion comments
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Based on the 1960s television series, Dark Shadows tells the story of Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp), a man who is turned into a vampire by a vengeful witch (Eva Green) and buried alive for centuries. Emerging in 1972, Barnabas discovers that his grand estate and family have fallen on hard times and, to make matters worse, the witch is still around. The movie also stars Michelle Pfeiffer, Jonny Lee Miller, Chloe Moretz, Helena Bonham Carter, Jackie Earle Haley and Bella Heathcote.
by Eric Eisenberg March 15, 2012 discussion comments
First Footage From Dark Shadows Arrives Online First Footage From Dark Shadows Arrives Online
We are less than two months away from the release of Tim Burton's Dark Shadows, but with the exception of a few stills we've seen absolutely nothing from the film. It's easily one of the strangest marketing maneuvers that we've ever seen, as most blockbusters - and with Burton and Johnny Depp involved this counts as a blockbuster - release a teaser trailer at least six months from the day the movie actually hits theaters.
by Eric Eisenberg March 13, 2012 discussion comments
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Something very strange happened yesterday, but it's entirely possible that you didn't notice it. You may remember that the first trailer for Frankenweenie, the new stop-motion animated film from director Tim Burton, arrived online. While the trailer itself was fine, there was something that didn't make sense: Frankenweenie isn't due out until October 5th, while Burton's other 2012 movie, Dark Shadows - which has yet to debut a trailer...
by Eric Eisenberg March 2, 2012 discussion comments
Eva Green Goes Blonde And Stares Down Johnny Depp In New Dark Shadows Image Eva Green Goes Blonde And Stares Down Johnny Depp In New Dark Shadows Image
Also starring Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jonny Lee Miller, Chloe Moretz, Helena Bonham Carter and Christopher Lee, Dark Shadows tells the story of man named Barnabas Collins (Depp) who breaks the heart of the lovely Angelique, who happens to be a witch. Wanting to see him suffer, Angelique curses Barnabas and turns him into a vampire and buries him alive.
by Eric Eisenberg February 14, 2012 discussion comments
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by Sean O'Connell January 19, 2012 discussion comments
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by Kristy Puchko January 13, 2012 discussion comments
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by Eric Eisenberg January 12, 2012 discussion comments
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by Will LeBlanc September 27, 2011 discussion comments
Johnny Depp And The Collins Clan Revealed In First Official Dark Shadows Photo Johnny Depp And The Collins Clan Revealed In First Official Dark Shadows Photo
As EW points out, this is more like the "aged little boy" look of the original star of the Dark Shadows soap opera, Jonathan Frid, who you can see next to Depp in the image above. The strange thing is that, even though Depp is clearly the star of the movie, he's thrust into the back of the portrait, easily overshadowed by Michelle Pfeiffer and Jonny Lee Miller up front
by Katey Rich September 22, 2011 discussion comments
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by Will LeBlanc September 1, 2011 discussion comments
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by Eric Eisenberg May 30, 2011 discussion comments
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by Eric Eisenberg May 18, 2011 discussion comments
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by Will LeBlanc April 2, 2011 discussion comments
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Below is the video of what Moretz actually said to MTV, talking up the cast-- which would make sense for Dark Shadows and just how big the project is-- which makes sense for The Hunger Games. Take a look and decide for yourself, but remember--this is all fervent Internet speculation based on pretty much nothing
by Katey Rich March 31, 2011 discussion comments
Michael Sheen Enters Talks For Tim Burton's Dark Shadows Michael Sheen Enters Talks For Tim Burton's Dark Shadows
If you haven't already been aware of it, Tim Burton has a habit of casting a lot of the same people in his movies. It's the reason Johnny Depp has been in seven of his movies and Helena Bonham Carter has been in six. Last year Michael Sheen took on the part of the White Rabbit (albeit voice only) in Burton's Alice in Wonderland, and now the director has him coming back for round two.
by Eric Eisenberg March 25, 2011 discussion comments
Eva Green Will Channel Bette Davis and Janis Joplin For Her Role In Dark Shadows Eva Green Will Channel Bette Davis and Janis Joplin For Her Role In Dark Shadows
While promoting her upcoming film Cracks, Eva Green, who’s onboard to play the witch Angelique, explained that the film is so different, referring back to the show wouldn’t help her develop her character. Instead, she’s going for a cross between Bette Davis and Janis Joplin
by Perri Nemiroff March 16, 2011 discussion comments
Michelle Pfeiffer May Reteam With Tim Burton For Dark Shadows Michelle Pfeiffer May Reteam With Tim Burton For Dark Shadows
Tim Burton already has one of his veteran actors on board for his adaptation of the 60s TV show Dark Shadows, but predictably it's Johnny Depp, who's so often making movies with Burton it's like they're conjoined twins. The real surprise, though, is that another actor is considering reteaming with Burton in the film, and for the first time since 1992.
by Katey Rich February 15, 2011 discussion comments
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by Eric Eisenberg February 3, 2011 discussion comments
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by Eric Eisenberg February 2, 2011 discussion comments
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by Eric Eisenberg November 4, 2010 discussion comments
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by Doug Norrie July 16, 2010 discussion comments
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by Katey Rich June 10, 2010 discussion comments
Dark Shadows Update Dark Shadows Update
With Tim Burton's extensively zany career, it really is a wonder that he has yet to tackle the most popular monster on the block, vampires. Looking to remedy that, Burton has signed on to direct the big screen adaptation of the “1960's gothic TV soap opera” Dark Shadows
by Will LeBlanc December 7, 2009 discussion comments
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by Josh Tyler June 25, 2009 discussion comments
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