‘Dark Shadows’ Releases New Promo Photos

Vamping It Up

Back in September we got our first look at actor Johnny Depp in character as Barnabas Collins on the UK set of the upcoming Tim Burton-directed remake of Dark Shadows. Later that same month, we got to see the first official promo photos from Dark Shadows HERE and HERE. Today we get to check out a couple new photos from the film in an effort for us to get used to Depp as the ancient vampire. I have to say, I’m having a bit of difficulty with Depp and Burton‘s version of Barnabas Collins but … I am still very excited for the big screen adaptation. Check out the promo images below.

In the year 1752, Joshua and Naomi Collins, with young son Barnabas, set sail from Liverpool, England to start a new life in America. But even an ocean was not enough to escape the mysterious curse that has plagued their family. Two decades pass and 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 Brouchard (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 very changed world of 1972. He returns to Collinwood Manor to find that his once-grand estate has fallen into ruin. The dysfunctional remnants of the Collins family have fared little better, each harboring their own dark secrets. Matriarch Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (Michelle Pfeiffer) has called upon live-in psychiatrist, Dr. Julia Hoffman (Helena Bonham Carter), to help with her family troubles. Also residing in the manor is Elizabeth’s ne’er-do-well brother, Roger Collins (Jonny Lee Miller); her rebellious teenage daughter Carolyn Stoddard (Chloe Moretz); and Roger’s precocious 10-year-old son, David Collins (Gulliver McGrath). The mystery extends beyond the family, to caretaker Willie Loomis, played by Jackie Earle Haley, and David’s new nanny, Victoria Winters, played by Bella Heathcote. Tim Burton is directing and producing Dark Shadows from a screenplay by Seth Grahame-Smith, story by John August and Grahame-Smith, based on the television series created by Dan Curtis. The behind-the-scenes creative team includes cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel, Oscar®-winning production designer Rick Heinrichs (Sleepy Hollow), Oscar®-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood (Alice in Wonderland) and editor Chris Lebenzon (Alice in Wonderland). The score will be composed by Danny Elfman. Dark Shadows is being filmed entirely in England, both at Pinewood Studios and on location and stars Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Jackie Earle Haley, Jonny Lee Miller, Bella Heathcote, Chloe Moretz, and newcomer Gulliver McGrath.

SO … while I’m not really crazy about this boyish-looking Barnabas, I am very excited about the rest of the cast. For the most part, I trust Tim Burton as a director and I’ve become a fan of screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith‘s work (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) AND Johnny Depp has just been named America’s Favorite Actor so … I really shouldn’t be too concerned about this remake film … should I? Dark Shadows is a really great show … I just want the film version to be just as good. I dunno tho. I’ll need to see more but, well, I guess at this point I can be cautiously optimistic … right?

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  1. Jas

    Considering Barnabas Collins’ nocturnal reluctant vampire ruthlessness and diurnal hero, I can see where it would be precarious not to feel apprehensive about Burton’s adaptation of it. I am most concerned with the desensitization to Johnny Depp that I’ve come to experience, since he’s part of Burton’s favorite eccentric cast to choose characters from. However, Tim Burton’s range is vast, regardless of the subtle weirdness he loves to sprinkle into all of his films- even the ones intended to convey a more dramatic tone. That’s the beauty of it, though. The pictures do make it seem like what it would look like if the movies “Sleepy Hollow” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” had a baby.

  2. Wynter

    I like how they are keeping the story in the 1970′s instead of completely modernizing it. That said, if it was to happen in modern times, I’m sure that second shot is Barnabas telling Elizabeth that he would tear her cheap tracks out if he had not gotten his nails all did.

  3. Danny

    Tim Burton doesn’t have range. seriously if you watch all his films, the style is exactly the same. It’s gothic cartoony. Depp looks ridiculous! Helena Bonham Carter will of course be outrageous in it and over the top! Johnny will be eccentric and WEIRD! Audiences will walk out.

    • I disagree..People will stay for those reasons you stated..It’s roles like these that make me love Johnny Depp and HBC! Yeah..You kind of know what to expect from Tim Burton, but he’s so brilliant at it most of the time that you just love getting lost in his world..Unless that’s just me? I dunno..But I’m stoked!

    • Seth

      Well I think it’s wrong to say people will walk out, but I don’t think people are exactly adoring Johnny’s shtick anymore. A lot of people are getting tired of it. Granted, not everyone. I think it will still do very well and be a big film simply because of the names Depp and Burton, but I honestly personally feel really apprehensive as a fan of the original show. I used to watch it all the time when I was little with my grandma. I’m too young to have seen it when it originally aired but we watched the reruns on SciFi. I adored the show and it’s a favorite memory with my grandma and I will be seriously pissed if Burton pulls his Chocolate Factory Alice in Wonderland crap on this film. He and Johnny need to get it together. It’s really not cute anymore lol.

      Not that I feel passionately about this or anything.

    • jacqui

      I totally agree with you Danny. No Range! Its like the first time you have a Mcdonalds cheeseburger you’re like wow that was amazing (Edward Scissor hands) and then after a while you realize, ok they’re selling me the same shit over and over again. And suddenly Johnny Depp is Ronald McDonald and Hilary bonham Carter is the hamburgler. Ok this metaphor has gotten out of hand but point is enough already and I’m not down with Barnabas looking like Eddie Munster.

    • katie

      I totally agree about the no range comment. I think the movies are all exactly the same. Same cast, same look…boring! I don’t agree that people will walk out though. Obviously he sells tickets. I’m just not one of the people that buys.

  4. hampton

    Ho Hum even though this is Tim Burton whatever he does will never match the mood and the acting of the original. not to mention the background music that often left you gripping the arms of your chair. Try absolute silence while at least 500 students are watching the wonderful Jonathan Frid confront Grayson Hall in a moment of…..and this in the student union at Chapel hill. What about the parallel universe plot. To see
    the “real’ Dark Shadows rent it from Netflix or buy from Amazon. Trent this will be like you going to a Nine Inch Nails concert and they announce that the nights performance will be selections from the Cole Porter songbook . As for Mr Depp he will do jack Sparrow in vampire drag.

  5. Megan

    This looks much better than the new pix. I’m still on the fence.

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