A Season of Vamps – “Dark Shadows”

I’m not sure how this latest Tim Burton/Johnny Depp Goth Bro-Fest is going to play out, but it at least looks like it has the possibility of being fun.

And when was the last time that you could say that?

I’ve not personally enjoyed a Depp/Burton collaboration since the glorious “Sleepy Hollow” back in 1999 – and I’m hoping that this gothic soap opera adaptation is rather more akin to that film’s loving appropriation of Hammer horror iconography and genuine scares than the pallid, ‘chuck some CG at the screen and see what sticks’ work that Burton’s been turning out for the last decade or so.

The seventies setting of “Dark Shadows” is an interesting choice (I imagine it must seem as far away as the 1880’s to younger audiences) and the cast is to die for, with Eva Green, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Lee, Alice Cooper, some dame called Helena Bonham Carter all rising from their graves in support of Depp’s curiously-hairstyled vampire playboy, Barnabas Collins.

Come on Tim – make a good film again.

 

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