The trailer for Tim Burton’s latest comedy/horror flick Dark Shadows has just been released, and all in all, it looks pretty wacky (but that’s expected from a Tim Burton film).
Based on a 1960s TV series, Dark Shadows is a gothic-horror tale of Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp), a rich 18th century playboy who broke the heart of witch Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green), who curses Collins into becoming a vampire and burying him alive without any hope of dying. Collins eventually gets released from his wooden prison in 1972, meeting his descendants who have let the family legacy fall apart, so he feels he has to make the Collins’ the talk of the town again, while also dealing with vampires, ghosts, witches, werewolves and other supernatural nuisances.
Giving a classic sense of cool with the ’70s setting, funky soundtrack, and the red convertible that appears many times (sly references to Depp’s trippy flick Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas?), Dark Shadows looks pretty funny with Burton’s wacky sense of humour and Depp’s great comedic timing. As with all of Burton’s previous films, Dark Shadows is in a world of its own.
Like most Burton movies, the cast looks tops. Depp goes British yet again and dons pale white make up like in Edward Scissorhands, so Collins could be considered a mesh up of the other characters Depp has played for Burton. Other Burton alumni like Helena Botham Carter (a.k.a. Mrs Burton), Michelle Pfeiffer and Christopher Lee pop up, as well as notable newbies to Burton’s world Jonny Lee Miller and Jackie Earle Haley.
Set to be released on May 10th, audiences should give Burton’s latest offering a go with its wacky humour, or at least for out of this world performances from Depp and co.
Originally published at primomag.com.au on Friday 16 March 2012