Dark Shadows (12A)

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Dark Shadows

Time Out rating:

<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>2</span>/5

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<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>4</span>/5
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Time Out says

Posted: Wed May 9 2012

Tim Burton proves conclusively that there is really only one string to his bow with this creepy, kooky, spooky, largely tedious tale of vampires, werewolves, witches and movie stars in far too much eyeliner.

A remake of a 1970s US TV series, the film sees eighteenth-century vampire Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp – surprise!) entombed for 200 years by evil sorceress Angelique (Eva Green). Freed in swinging 1972, Barnabas is introduced to his surviving descendants – matriarch Elizabeth (Michelle Pfeiffer), sultry teen Carolyn (Chloe Grace Moretz) and eerie ten-year-old David (Gulliver McGrath) and attempts to get the family back on track by reviving their ailing fish canning business.

The idea of a louche Georgian vampire running a fish cannery in 1970s New England has a certain offbeat charm, but leave it to Burton to go completely overboard in the wackiness stakes, dragging ghosts, hippies, angry mobs and even poor Alice Cooper into an already overloaded (and seriously overlong) story. The haphazard plotting and tonal inconsistency reach their zenith in a scene in which one character outs herself, inexplicably, as a werewolf. But, by that point, any sane audience will have stopped caring. Perhaps it’s high time that Burton put down that Edward Gorey annual, switched off the Vincent Price movies, mothballed those Bauhaus records, got out in the fresh air and found something new to say.

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Release details

Rated:

12A

UK release:

Fri May 11, 2012

Duration:

113 mins

Cast and crew

Screenwriter:

Seth Grahame-Smith

Cast:

Michelle Pfeiffer, Johnny Depp, Eva Green

Director:

Tim Burton

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Dougie Elliott

Sort of expected more coming from the pedigree of a fine show, but did this film fail to entertain, not very funny neither.

Mark Williams

Wow, nowhere near a 5 star film, Must be one man with many people inside his head to wrte all this rubbish below. TO sort it!

cm

people dont throw balls any more stupid. they throw happenings

cm

people dont throw balls any more stupid. they throw happenings

barnabas

also not a dark shadows obsessive. if i was id have seen the tv series which i havent and id have seen the movie more than once which i havent and would be at the cinema watching it again now which im clearly not.

barnabas

also not a dark shadows obsessive. if i was id have seen the tv series which i havent and id have seen the movie more than once which i havent and would be at the cinema watching it again now which im clearly not.

barnabas

Simon D if i want to use a pseudonym i can. id rather not reveal my name to a bunch of random people. also i think you deserve to be sworn at due to calling me desperate and implying im stupid. i only swear at people who deserve it. i dont really care about your opinion

barnabas

Simon D if i want to use a pseudonym i can. id rather not reveal my name to a bunch of random people. also i think you deserve to be sworn at due to calling me desperate and implying im stupid. i only swear at people who deserve it. i dont really care about your opinion

Matt

Not very amusing and one of Burton's least films. A rental a best and a boring one at that.

Simon D

barnabas said... hmmm hides behind a pseudonym and swears at posters, hmm, very adult. Also a Dark Shadows obsessive by the looks of it. A hopeless case - Just like the duff film.

jay

definitely worth the ticket price. i will watch it again and again when i get the dvd

jay

definitely worth the ticket price. i will watch it again and again when i get the dvd

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