Jet-black hair. Pale white skin. Charcoal circles under his eyes. It must be Johnny Depp in the latest Tim Burton “joint.” When these two are scouting potential projects, is it a prerequisite that Depp’s look will resemble "gothic Hot Topics teenager" every single time? That’s what this latest shot of Depp’s character in Burton’s Dark Shadows suggests. Look for yourself, courtesy of the international site CineHeroes.
Mind you, Depp IS playing a vampire who has been cursed by a witch (Eva Green), buried alive, and revived in the 1970s. But still, can’t they shake up their gimmick? Burton and Depp are tackling a gothic soap opera from the late 1960s and early ’70s they each adored, about a Maine family tormented by odd curses. Depp’s character, Barnabas Collins, who was played by Jonathan Frid in the original TV series, would encounter an array of classic movie monsters, from werewolves and witches to ghosts. It’s strange that Burton hasn’t attempted a straight-up horror creature story. Dark Shadows might be the closest he’ll get to that genre, and that alone gets me excited.
So does Burton’s cast, beyond Depp. The official synopsis explains who everyone is and what they do, so we’re posting it below. Dark Shadows opens on May 11. Are you excited for it?
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Sean O’Connell is a journalist and CinemaBlend’s Managing Editor. Sean created ReelBlend, which he proudly cohosts with Jake Hamilton and Kevin McCarthy. And he's the author of RELEASE THE SNYDER CUT, the Spider-Man history book WITH GREAT POWER, and an upcoming book about Bruce Willis.