An imprisoned vampire, Barnabas Collins, is set free and returns to his ancestral home, where his dysfunctional descendants are in need of his protection.
Release Year: 2012
Rating: 6.9/10 (1,527 voted)
Critic's Score: 56/100
Stars: Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Eva Green
Storyline In the year 1752, Joshua and Naomi Collins, with young son Barnabas, set sail from Liverpool, England to start a new life in America. But even an ocean was not enough to escape the mysterious curse that has plagued their family. Two decades pass and Barnabas (Johnny Depp) has the world at his feet-or at least the town of Collinsport, Maine. The master of Collinwood Manor, Barnabas is rich, powerful and an inveterate playboy...until he makes the grave mistake of breaking the heart of Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green). A witch, in every sense of the word, Angelique dooms him to a fate worse than death: turning him into a vampire, and then burying him alive. Two centuries later, Barnabas is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972. He returns to Collinwood Manor to find that his once-grand estate has fallen into ruin. The dysfunctional remnants of the Collins family have fared little better...
Writers: Seth Grahame-Smith, John August
Cast: Johnny Depp
Elizabeth Collins Stoddard
Helena Bonham Carter
Dr. Julia Hoffman
Jackie Earle Haley
Jonny Lee Miller
Chloë Grace Moretz
Filming Locations: Beckenham place park, Kent, England, UK
Did You Know?
Makeup artist Joel Harlow applied several layers of custom greasepaint to create Barnabas Collins's chalk-white complexion.
When Barnabus is on fire and doused with water the inside of the bucket appears dry.
I have spent the last two centuries in a box...
Keep these two away from each other
The film can't decide whether it's a fish-out-of-water comedy or a
Gothic thriller/romance. Instead, we get treated to a bipolar movie
that is, at times, really funny, but mostly full of unnecessary
exposition. I think Burton wanted to honor the TV show by adding in so
many details, but frankly, it was boring at times as they moved from
one plot point to another. Some of the "wrap up" surprises at the end
came off as forced. Though I'm glad they didn't rely on as much CGI to
create the set pieces, one major scene involving a concert looked like
it was stolen from the Austin Powers films.
Johnny Depp did some great physical comedy as well as Helena Bonham
Carter and Jackie Earle Haley, but Dark Shadows should go back to the