Halloween ’14: Dark Shadows

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.


Dark Shadows


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.


In saving his family, he must defeat her and be reunited with the reincarnation of his lady-love, but some great humor takes place in the midst of it all. The portrayals were well done. It’s one thing that can be guaranteed with this cast. They very well get into their roles, and play them well, in the right tone. As I have not seen the original television series, I can’t make any comparisons, but I don’t think you need to have seen the original to enjoy the film.

Dark Shadows Original TV Show



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Jessa Searles

is a novice blogger, avid reader, and, now, a professional television viewer. She has written for years for her own enjoyment, and began blogging when she studied abroad in Wales. A third generation nerd, she's followed her father's path down the force but is a Trekkie, a bit removed, on her mother's side. Some of her first passions were Tolkien and Nancy Drew, but as she discovered television, addiction has set in. Now, she watches just about everything, and is here to keep you up to date on whatever TV news you want to know! She attempts to maintain a personal blog at, and a creative writing blog at Feel free to check 'em out and let her know what you think.

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