Dark Shadows (2012)



Critic 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.

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: PG-13 (for comic horror violence, sexual content, some drug use, language and smoking)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Dan Curtis, Seth Grahame-Smith
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 2, 2012
Box Office: $79.7M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


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as Carolyn Stoddard

as Angelique Bouchard

as David Collins

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as Mrs. Johnson

as Willie Loomis

as Roger Collins

as David Collins

as Elizabeth Collins St...

as Alice Cooper

as Dr. Julia Hoffman

as Joshua Collins

as Young Barnabas - Age...

as Naomi Collins

as David's Mother

as Sheriff

as Board Member 1

as Board Member 2

as Henchman

as Captain Rubberpants

as Bearded Hippie

as Hard Hat 1

as Hard Hat 2

as Hippie Chick 1

as Hippie Chick 2

as Hippie Chick 3

as Collinsport Cop

as Young Victoria

as Vicky's Father

as Vicky's Mother

as Windcliff Doctor

as Coat Check Girl

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as Young Angelique

as Guest

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as Go Go Dancer 1

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Critic Reviews for Dark Shadows

All Critics (231) | Top Critics (48)

The only reason to see Dark Shadows is to discover how dire and pointless-how flat-out dreadful-a movie can be even when it has Tim Burton, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Helena Bonham Carter attached to its flimsy pretext.

Full Review… | June 17, 2013
The New Republic
Top Critic

Johnny Depp once again takes a role where he allows the make up and prosthetics to do the acting for him...

Full Review… | October 3, 2013
Cinema Crazed

The nadir of Burton's career and is likely going to be his biggest flop, a film that's not a comedy, not a drama, not a horror film, and not a fantasy.

Full Review… | June 23, 2013

There's more than enough here for us older folks - and some younger ones, too - to have us exclaiming, Fangs for the memories.

Full Review… | June 2, 2013
The Patriot Ledger

Burton really needed to lean his horror-comedy more toward horror. Instead, it's reminiscent at times of Love at First Bite and the feature film remakes of The Addams Family and The Brady Bunch.

Full Review… | April 21, 2013

It turns into a bit of a mess towards the finish line, but at least it's a fun mess, and if you're looking to Tim Burton for narrative tidiness you must be thinking of another Tim Burton.

Full Review… | December 17, 2012

Audience Reviews for Dark Shadows

My attempt at watching this movie was shorted lived. A white flag begging for surrender made an appearance half way through this terrible movie!

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

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!!

familiar stranger

Super Reviewer


"Dark Shadows" is not top shelf Burton. It's a tad slow and overlong; and far from the director's most memorable efforts... but it's inventive, fun, and has just the right amount of humor and visual flair to remain interesting the whole way through. It's (schlocky) fluff to be sure, but it's entertaining, likable fluff that I enjoyed.

Michael S

Super Reviewer

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