Watch Johnny Depp Get His Vampire On In the ‘Dark Shadows’ Trailer
The trailer for the new Johnny Depp-Tim Burton collaboration, Dark Shadows, is here! What do you think?
And for Johnny Depp’s next heavily makeup’d trick, we have Dark Shadows, a Tim Burton-directed film adaptation of a television show about a vampire and his crazy family. For those of you not familiar with Dark Shadows, it was a gothic soap opera that aired from 1966 to 1971 and told the story of Barnabas Collins (played by Jonathan Frid), a well-to-do gentleman in the 18th century who ticked off a witch, leading her to curse him and turn him into a vampire. Naturally, after he went all vamp, he tried to get his family to stake him, because he’s fundamentally a good guy; they had difficulty doing that, though, so instead he was entombed in a mausoleum. When he revived during the present day, wackiness ensued. And hey, look! Here’s a trailer from the upcoming movie adaptation, with Johnny as Barnabas!
I’m… actually a little skeptical. I love Dark Shadows—I grew up watching reruns of it on the Sci Fi Channel—I love Johnny Depp, and I love Tim Burton, so it stands to reason that when you put these three things together, something magical should happen. However, that magic appears to be absent here. Sad face.
The original Dark Shadows was often laugh-out-loud hilarious, but not because it was trying to be. It was cheesy, it had a budget of approximately two dollars, and it was taped live, so whenever the actors screwed up, you a) knew, and b) saw them trying to stifle their own laughter in response. Naturally, all these things put together led to a great deal of unintentional humor. This trailer, though? It’s goofy because it’s TRYING to be goofy. The dark and spooky melodrama has become some sort of supernatural comedy. In fact, it kind of looks more like Dark Shadows meets Sleepy Hollow—another Tim Burton-helmed Johnny Depp film (there are just so many of them!), but not one that worked especially well.
I’m not generally a strict purist when it comes to story adaptations; in fact, I quite like watching how a story can change when it changes medium. However, I think this one has stepped a little too far away from where it came from, and while it will probably be enjoyable in its own right, it might not actually be Dark Shadows. Hmmmm.
Of course, it COULD just be a badly edited trailer. After all, the people who put together trailers are not the people who actually make the movie the trailer is advertising. So I suppose we’ll see. Dark Shadows hits cinemas on May 11.
Tell us: What do you think? Does the new Dark Shadows look awesome or ridiculous?
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.