May 14, 2012
Not really for fans of the series
As a campy comedy/horror movie, Dark Shadows definitely deliivered. However, as the widow of a huge Dark Shadows fan, i know that he would have really disliked the treatment - no matter how much he liked Johnny Depp and Michelle Pheiffer. From what he told me, the soap opear was dark, moody and gothic with grand drama - all thnings that the movie doesn't really have. There were several significant changes to the origin stories - things that my Dark Shadows knowledgable friends say dramatically change the entire arc of the story.
Othe than the story, the rest of the movie was a gas - the casting seemed spot-on and the actors did an excellent job of inhabiting thiese characters. The sets were grandeose and sweeping which opened the entire thing up and gave it scope. The movie makers also made extensive use of the signature crashing waves - almost to the point of overuse.
I am glad i saw it but it is not a movie I will watch again or purchase on DVD.
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