Tim Burton’s new movie Dark Shadows will hit movie theaters this weekend. The movie starring Johnny Depp will follow the life of Barnabas Collins, played by Depp, as the wealthy family member turned vampire. He character has a face that is whiter than chalk and finger nails longer than his own fingers.
Following over two centuries of being entombed, Collins is awakened in 1972. The movie is a revisit of the very popular daytime soap opera of the same name that was on TV between 1966 and 1971. That Dark Shadows was a cult favorite when it introduced Collins as a vampire hero along romantic lines instead of the scary Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
The movie version of Dark Shadows was written by Seth Grahame Smith and is helped greatly by the performance of Depp. The actor is able to handle the readjustment the vampire goes through to get back to the land of the living.
The character has the good looks to be a vampire lover, but his wide-eyed, baffled manner in dealing with his mysterious powers, shows he comes off more like a visitor from far away such as an E.T. and not a Christopher Lee.
The character played by Depp is also able to move around during the daytime. Depp is able to make the character the most memorable in the movie and is inescapably different from everyone around him. When he returns to his family home, which is in picturesque decay and full of children’s toys, he meets family descendants who are living, including the family matriarch played by Michelle Pfeiffer.
The movie is not Burton’s best, but is visually appetizing, enjoyable and surprising has an effervescent air about it.