Written May 12, 2012
As a die hard Johnny Depp fan and a child of the 70s I loved the movie... Johnny plays the part of Barnabus with his own special touch, and the period setting was spot on. Tim Burton does it again with the fantastically gothic effects and old-school horror themes. No sparkly vampires here! Can't wait for the next one (the ending SCREAMS sequel)!
Written May 13, 2012
This is what I expected from this movie and I loved it. The casting was perfect and the story was very close to the original series.
Written May 21, 2012
My sister and I would hurry home after school to watch the original Dark Shadows. LOVED this version. Johnny Depp was easier on the eyes then the original BC. This movie kept me alert. Something always happening. Loved the humor, the sadness. The house was amazing. Thought all the actors did a nice job. Keep the PG rating. I'd go see it again, and recommend it to others.
Written August 24, 2016
Like all Tim Burton movies, ghastly interesting. Depp needs a new trick - haven't we all seen these affectations in every other movie since Gilbert Grape - boring. Ditto for Helena Bonhom Carter. Michele Pfeiffer slept walk through her role (she should sue her stylist on this one). On the other hand, Eva Green is gorgeous and her acting brimming with great things to come from her.
Written May 12, 2012
I usually enjoy Tim Burton's movies, some of which are among my favorites (Edward scissorhands, Mars attacks, Charlie and the chocolate factory). Then, every once in a while, he loses his incredible talent and directs movies with very weak story lines like Big Fish and Dark shadows. He had a great cast of actors but the plot was weak and there was no insight into the characters that I felt no emotional connection with any of them. Also, the movie did not have an identify: it was not a great new story like Edward scissorhands, it was not a satire like Mars attacks, it was not a revisitation of a book like Charlie or Alice, it was not a scary movie, it was not a funny movie... what was it supposed to be? Also, the soundtrack was so bland that it must have not taken much for Danny Elfman to scribble down a couple of notes and then use music from the 60's and 70's. As a note, Barry White's "You're the First, the Last, My Everything" came out in 1974, 2 years after the movie's events.