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Here's the rundown
on Dark Shadows.
Collins, played by Johnny Depp, is having an
affair with the housekeeper, who is
a jealous witch -- kills him and his parents,
placing a curse on them and turns
Barnabus into a vampire back in the 18th century.
After opening his coffin, he
is quite taken aback in the world of 1972.
For me this sets up the family
history with too many things to follow.
I thought Johnny Depp is really all
that salvages Dark
Shadows from completely forgettable muck.
It's not a comedy
and it's not scary, but the special effects are
Tim Burton's Dark
starts off as a terrific homage to the world's
strangest T.V. soap opera, but
quickly disintegrates into a nightmare.
Bad writing is to blame.
Johnny Depp is
brilliant as vampire Barnabus Collins, awakened
from a nearly two-century
imprisonment; but in an effort to clue everyone in
on what the original was all
about, they drift into too many storylines.
Horror, satire or reimagined?
all over the place -- too bad!
The movie Dark Shadows
was confusing and it's
unclear whether the odd mixture of comedy, horror,
and melodrama will satisfy
anyone, regardless of their knowledge with the
By trying to be
too loyal to Dan Curtis' cult T.V. series, the
director and his screenwriters
have stuffed an excess of story material into two
hours without making an
ultimate finding about whether they want the
resulting production to be mockery
or a tribute.
For those who care about the tale, it unfolds in
such a pinball
shot manner that it is often pointless and
frustrating to follow.
work for me.
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