A remake of a classic Gothic soap opera, put into color by Tim Burton, Dark Shadows is meant to be a campy sort of look at the original series. With the expected lead cast of Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, the rest of the lineup is no less accomplished including Michelle Pfeiffer, Chloe Grace Moretz, Eva Green, Jackie Earle Haley, and Johnny Lee Miller. It was not my favorite piece of cinematic art. I think I’ve mentioned before that I am not a fan of the 70’s style, and this film takes place in the end of the 60’s when that transition makes for some jarring design (in my humble opinion).
I originally saw Dark Shadows in theaters, where the big screen allowed the detail of the Burton style to spill over into the audience.
The story is about a family going destitute in the 1960’s, having fallen prey to the curse of witch. It’s ancestor, Barnabas, had an affair with a maid, the witch, in fact, and when he admits that he doesn’t really love her, she kills the one he loves, Josette. Barnabas, in trying to save her, would have died as well, save that Angelique turns him into a vampire. He is buried but reawakened 200 years later, when his descendants are on the brink of giving over the entirety of the family company to Angelique – who is also immortal.