Written August 30, 2015
This one definitely ranks up there with Burton's best. Call it "Edward Scissorhands" for a new generation. Who'd have imagined anyone could breathe new life (or death) into that old "Dark Shadows" afternoon soap opera? Fun, macabre, and downright charming, this movie's a solid feature that camps today's "cookie cutter" image of vampirism and then some. If you're looking for an entertaining film well worth its ticket price, this is it. You won't be disappointed.
Written March 25, 2017
Let me start by saying I love most everything Johnny Depp does but in this case it was a swing and a miss. It's not quite funny enough to be funny, not quite scary enough to be scary, not quite campy enough to be campy and not quite parody enough to be parody.
I usually look for a greater commitment from Johhny Depp but this one feels sort of half-hearted in too many directions. It just can't make up it's mind what it is. Add to this that you never feel enough connection to any one character in the film to care. The spectacular attempt at a close to the film falls flat.
The first half offers some levity playing the centuries old main character against a world that has passed him by but is not enough to save the film in my opinion. By the time you reach the end scenes in this story you just don't care enough to feel invested in the outcome.
Sorry Johnny, this one is a fail if you ask me...
Written February 10, 2016
I found Johnny Depp as Barnabas to be absolutely delightful. Why? Because he played the role with dignity just like Jonathan Frid did. I "LOVED" the tv serial. It was played with Camp, at times so funny because it was live and something would happen but those particular actors didn't miss a beat! I thought they captured that in DARK SHADOWS the movie although it got pretty silly at the end. But, like always, Johnny/Barnabas got his girl! I think all the actors and the production were great.
Written February 25, 2017
This movie has its stupid funny jokes moment but aside from that its not worth seeing.
Johnny Depp is known for his uniqueness but this movie didn't do him any justice.
Litte Vampire is better than this movie.
Written May 19, 2012
I thought Johnny Depp did an really good job. Scriptwas funny and yet at the close to end I found it to close without a good result. But over all I thought really a funny andgood movie to see!