Dark Shadows, a 2012 American supernatural drama comedy, is based off of the hit gothic soap opera series that debuted on ABC from 1966-1971. The film takes a rather different approach to the story line than the television hit, and aims for comedy as its main focus.
The film opens in 1752, when the Barnabus Collins and his family sail from Liverpool, England to North America and take ownership of the large manor in Collinsport, Maine. Barnabus (Johnny Depp) becomes the playboy of the villages, breaking girls hearts left and right.
But when one woman, Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green), doesn’t take the breakup as lightly, she reveals that she is a witch and casts a spell on Barnabus that turns him into a vampire. In 1972, he is accidentally freed and finds his dysfunctional family taking care of the manor, much to his dismay.
Directed by Tim Burton, Dark Shadows features a slew of acting veterans, such as Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeiffer, as well as the acclaimed director himself. With Depp, who’s portrayal’s of crazy, kooky characters have made him famous, Barnabus should definitely live up to his late 60’s hype.