May 8

Dark Shadows


Poster for the movie "Dark Shadows"

Dark Shadows (2012)

PG-13 113 min - Comedy, Fantasy - 8 May 2012

Vampire Barnabas Collins 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 and family have fallen into ruin.

Director:  Tim Burton
Stars:  Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Jackie Earle Haley, Jonny Lee Miller, Eva Green, Bella Heathcote, Chloë Grace Moretz, Gulliver McGrath, Ray Shirley, Christopher Lee, Alice Cooper, Ivan Kaye, Susanna Cappellaro, Raffey Cassidy, Alexia Osborne, William Hope, Glen Mexted, Josephine Butler, Shane Rimmer, Michael Shannon, Nigel Whitmey, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Hannah Murray, Charlotte Spencer


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Vampire Barnabas Collins 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 and family have fallen into ruin.


Genres: Comedy, Fantasy


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Country:   Australia,   United States of America
Language:  English
Release Date:  8 May 2012

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Company Credits

Production Companies:  Village Roadshow Pictures, Infinitum Nihil, GK Films, Warner Bros., Tim Burton Productions, Dan Curtis Productions, Zanuck Company, The

Technical Specs

Runtime:  1 h 53 min

[vc_row][vc_column][wpsm_woobox id=”47953″][/vc_column][/vc_row]by Ginger

Dark Shadows was an interesting take on the classic vampire movie. Right from the beginning, I would say that this one is not for the small children in the family. In this movie Johnny Depp plays heir of a fishing company and wealthy estate that was built by his family when they migrated from Liverpool in the early days of the United States. The Dark Shadows plot is very complicated and twisted, but let this Parental Guide to the movies do its best to explain.

A young boy comes to America with his parents. They are murdered, but no one knows by whom until later in the movie. As he grows up, the heir of the empire that his family built, a seductive witch wishes to possess him for herself. Spurned by Barnabas, the witch, played by Michele Pfeiffer, turns him into a vampire and has the townspeople lock him away in a buried coffin.

Then the Dark Shadows movie jumps to 1972. A construction crew unearths the coffin and sets him free after two hundred years. When he awakens he is intensely thirsty and kills the construction crew. He then returns to the family mansion, now decrepit, and rebuilds the family wealth. He is torn between the monster that he is and feeling of love for a girl who is now the governance for one of his young descendents, who looks remarkably like him as a youth. There are many subplots, like his lover who jumped to her death, compelled by the witch. There is a young standoffish teenager, whom we do not find out until the end is a werewolf.

As expected, the Dark Shadows movie has intense violence, largely from people getting äóìthe biteäó. However, aside from this there is also other content that might make you decide to steer clear of this one with young children. There is an intense and violent love scene between the vampire and witch. She finds herself on top of him. They are both clothed, but the idea is still there. This scene is very passionate and sexy.

There is also a scene where several young people are sitting in the woods by a fire smoking weed and having deep conversations. The witch is a sexy seductress who shows much cleavage throughout the movie. There is also drinking, electroshock therapy, and a deep conversation about the fertile loins of a teenage girl. If this isnäó»t enough, there is an Alice Cooper concert, no explanation needed there. At times, violence was portrayed as humor. Other than this content advisory, the Dark Shadows was much like any other classic vampire movie.

I must say that when I saw the Dark Shadows this weekend, much of the audience was singing along with the words to every song. It was set in 1972 and they played all of the favorites that we remember. It was a fun movie for teens and adults alike. They managed to please audiences of all ages. It was a refreshing twist on the vampire movie classics of old. This family movie review does advise caution due to the content mentioned.


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