Dark Shadows 2012

Dark Shadows

Critics Consensus

The visuals are top notch but Tim Burton never finds a consistent rhythm, mixing campy jokes and gothic spookiness with less success than other Johnny Depp collaborations.

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In 18th-century Maine, Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp) presides over the town of Collinsport. A rich and powerful playboy, Barnabas seals his own doom when he breaks the heart of a witch named Angelique (Eva Green). Angelique turns Barnabas into a vampire and buries him alive. Two centuries later, Barnabas escapes from his tomb and finds 1972 Collinsport a very different place. His once-grand estate has fallen into ruin, and the dysfunctional remnants of his family have fared little better.

Cast & Crew

Johnny Depp
Barnabas Collins
Michelle Pfeiffer
Elizabeth Collins Stoddard
Helena Bonham Carter
Dr. Julia Hoffman
Eva Green
Angelique Bouchard
Jonny Lee Miller
Roger Collins
Bella Heathcote
Victoria Winters, Josette DePres
Chloë Grace Moretz
Carolyn Stoddard
Gulliver McGrath
David Collins
Ray Shirley
Mrs. Johnson
Chris Lebenzon
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Nigel Gostelow
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  • May 19, 2020
    I'm sorry but I am incapable of buying 50-year-old Johnny Depp as the immortal, youthful, irresistable heir to his father's New World empire. Maybe in a better movie, I would have been too distracted to be bothered by it, but this is Tim Burton's 2012 reboot of Dark Shadows, so that was not the case.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 21, 2014
    Recently, we have had the pleasure of watching a venerable character resurrected after 200 years to face a strange new world, from a dormant fictional work into a vibrant, inventive, bold, witty and just plain ballsy adaptation. But enough about "Sleepy Hollow." What we're here to talk about today is Tim Burton's middling take on "Dark Shadows" that has a plot involving a rivalry between two fish canneries in Maine. I'm not kidding about that, nor about Alice Cooper being invited to the party at one point. "Dark Shadows" starts badly enough with a totally unnecessary pre-credits sequence. However, it gets instantly better as Victoria Winters(Bella Heathcote) is traveling to the moribund Collins estate where she has been hired to be the new governess to the tune of 'Nights in White Satin' playing in 1972.(The period detail is vintage without being tacky or nostalgic, along with a good use of songs.) While the movie could have easily worked if told from Victoria's point of view, that soon changes once Barnabas Collins(Johnny Depp) comes back from the dead. In the process of Barnabas' hogging all the attention, some potentially interesting characters(and the excellent actors playing them including Michelle Pfeiffer, Jackie Earle Haley, Jonny Lee Miller & Chloe Grace Moretz) are sidelined in favor of the most boring vampire ever who has a definite aversion to leaving the frame. That leaves it to Eva Green to carry the movie as far as she can, which while not far, is better than nothing.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 07, 2013
    Good remake of a classic series. I didn't think Depp would pull this off, but he does a pretty good job here. The supporting cast does a great job here, especially Michelle Pfeiffer, who I don't normally like. Solid mix of horror, action, and comedy.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 10, 2013
    May work well for kids, I suppose. The execution is terrible; a handful of one-liners can't hold a film together. There are a few emotional scenes, but they are devoid of emotions!!
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