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One of cinema’s great cinematic pairings is Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, who as of their latest project, the highly anticipated adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, have worked together seven times. It’s a pairing that has worked very well every single time (as far as I’m concerned).
It’s no surprise then that the duo are continuing to work together, with a feature film adaptation of ABC’s 1960s gothic soap opera, Dark Shadows, being next on their slate. This project has been rumored for a very long time, with Depp finally coming on-board (along with his company) to produce in 2007 and Burton coming onboard as director in 2008.
Big Fish and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory scribe, John August, wrote the Dark Shadows screenplay, and just this summer Depp confirmed it’s definitely happening and that he’d be starring in it, if and when the project gets off the ground. »
- Ross Miller
With Hollywood's vampire obsession threatening to bleed the genre dry, master of the gothic Tim Burton is now adding his own project to the pile with a feature film adaptation of the TV series Dark Shadows.
The cult classic aired from 1966 to 1971 and starred Jonathan Frid as 200-year-old vampire Barnabas Collins, among its many supernatural creatures. A TV remake ran in 1991.
Johnny Depp will play the part of Collins in Burton's big-screen remake.
Last October, Entertainment Weekly claimed the project was dead but producer Graham King has now told Sci Fi Wire it's very much alive and moving forward: "We're actually going to shoot that film next September/October with Tim Burton and Johnny.
"We've been working on the script a lot, even though [Tim's] working on Alice. We've been given a script. John August wrote the first screenplay. We're making some changes, but the film's going to be in production, »
- David Bentley
It's one of the cultiest of all cult shows with a loyal (if tiny) following, but we'll excuse you if you've never heard of Dark Shadows. Running from 1966 to 1971 on Us TV, it was a cheesy gothic horror series focusing on vampire Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid) and the spooky goings on in his Maine hometown, which was filled with all manner of supernatural beings. According to producer Graham King, Tim Burton is on board to direct a movie version from a script by John August, who was also responsible for penning Charlie and...
- Jayne Nelson
While this is only incremental news, Sci-Fi Wire sat down in a roundtable with Dark Shadows producer Graham King, who confirmed that Tim Burton’s remake will begin shooting sometime next fall. Burton is currently finishing post-production on Alice in Wonderland, set for a March 5th, 2010 release, and prepping the Dark Shadows script with the screenwriters. According to Sci-Fi Wire: “We’ve been working on the script a lot, even though he’s working on Alice,” King continued. “We’ve been given a script. John August wrote the first screenplay. We’re making some changes, but the film’s going to be in production, as I say, September or October of next year.” Dark Shadows was a TV series that ran on ABC between 1966 and 1971. It had gothic elements that were considered bold for TV at the time. One of the more popular characters, vampire Barnabas Collins, as played by Jonathan Frid in the original, »
Horror fans love this time of the year. For those of us not living in La, there's the chill in the air, the colorful leaves, pumpkins everywhere, dead cornfields to explore … if you dare. So, in honor of Our official holiday, I have come up with a list of books and some movies every horror fan should at least take a look at, if not outright add to your book or DVD library.
Without further ado (and in no particular order):
Creepy Places to Visit:
Creepy Crawls: A Horror Fiend’s Travel Guide by Leon Marcelo, Santa Monica Press, 380 pages
I Love this book!! Leon Marcelo travels the world, literally, to find places of horror both real and fictional. Rome to visit the Dario Argento Profondo Rosso Shop then to George Romero’s Pennsylvania and H.P. Lovecraft’s New England. Marcelo also covers Stephen King country, Poe’s Baltimore, »
From working FX on SNL and Letterman to creating monsters for Dark Shadows, Andrew Clement has some tales to tell. Recently-wrapped on the reboot of A Nightmare On Elm Street (for which he redesigned Freddy Krueger), Jason Anders caught up with Clement for a candid conversation about his world of Creative Character Engineering.
Ja/Fangoria: So let's begin with your work as a make-up artist for NBC's Saturday Night Live; tell me about the work you did for the show, how you became involved, the memories you have being around the cast of actors, and which seasons you were involved in.
AC: I wish I had been involved in the first few seasons of SNL, it was such a fertile time for the show. Unfortunately, or fortunately, I’m not quite that old. As it is, I watched those shows in Jr. High and High School, and now I have the DVD’s. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jason Anders)
Dark Shadows holds such an unusual place in television history that it almost feels like a dream, not an actual show. Begun in 1966 as a 30-minute daytime drama with gothic trappings, Dark Shadows quickly moved beyond the standard mix of romantic entanglements and murder mysteries and started incorporating ghosts, witches, and—in a move that briefly made the show a phenomenon—vampires. Dark Shadows has the basic feel of a soap opera, with its dragged-out conversations, washed-out lighting, broad one-take performances, and close-ups that give way to extreme close-ups. But the writing has an elevated quality that matches the »
Here’s a list of some of the new movie and TV shows coming to DVD and Blu-ray this week that we’re looking forward to seeing. Also, there’s some classic, and not-so-classic, movies hitting Blu-ray for the first time this week as well.
Of all the new releases, we’re particularly interested in the Blu-ray versions of movies and TV shows like Army of Darkness, Hero, An American Werewolf in London, The Big Bang Theory Season Two and Bonanza. Yes, some of us are even excited about the debut of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which drops today on Blu-ray.
Check them out.
- Joe Gillis
A true bounty of goods await those who have a few extra dollars to spend on DVDs this week what with Grace, Deadgirl, and (can you believe it?) Phantasm II finally hitting the home market, An American Werewolf in London and Army of Darkness bowing on Blu-ray, and NBC's Fear Itself anthology series getting released in its entirety. And that's just the beginning!
Also up for grabs are "collections" from John Carpenter, Wes Craven, and Hannibal Lecter; F13 Parts VII and VIII; indie offerings Call Me a Psycho, No Through Road, and Pvc-1; and two Dark Shadows compilations along with twin-packs for Rest Stop, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (remakes), Silo Killer, Lost Boys, The House on Haunted Hill (remakes), Lawnmower Man, It's Alive, and The Butterfly Effect.
It's like Christmas in September -- Happy shopping!
- Debi Moore
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- The Woman In Black
Curious to know what frightful films and devilish discs will be available to view in the privacy of your own digital dungeon this week? Fango's got you covered.
It's a stellar week for fright-fare in the home market, especially for those that prefer Blu-ray, with some pretty big titles hitting the format for the first time.
Below the jump you'll find the full list of titles arriving in-stores this Tuesday, September 15, 2009 in our weekly version of the famous Fangoria Chopping List - updated with all the last-minute additions and deletions.
Re-discover one of the most gripping horror films of all-time with the cult classic An American Werewolf in London. Blending the macabre with a wicked sense of humor, director John Landis (National Lampoon’s Animal House) delivers a contemporary take on the classic »
- email@example.com (James Zahn)
Director Patrick McGuinn and screenwriter André Salas create an erotic homage to Dark Shadows, Hammer films, and 1970s Italian giallos in Eulogy for a Vampire . The film is set to play at the Quad Cinema in New York City on October 23. Eulogy for a Vampire was filmed in an atmospheric 19th-century manse in historic Philmont, New York, owned by Eleanor Ambos, the celebrated New York City antique dealer. Synopsis: A remote, rural monastery houses the young repressed monks of the Order of Pathicus, and their dark secrets. Tainted by the severe murder of a young acolyte after a rebuked advance, the monks further retreat from a society they crave to join. After a quarter century of silence the house.s violent past yearns for awakening. Animals are found eviscerated, odd sounds »
Alan Ball's Southern Gothic sanguine potboiler, "True Blood", the HBO series that hearkens a bit of "Dark Shadows" and a smidge of "Twilight," is a fertile ground for real life romance. Lead actors Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin, who play Bill and Sookie respectively, are engaged. They kept their romance on the down low, until around Comic Con time when they sat together in panel. Now, the heartthrob bad boy Vampire of the series, Eric, played to the hilt by Alexander Skarsgard, is allegedly dating his guest starring Queen of the Vampires, Evan Rachel Wood. Website Lainey_Gossip got photographic evidence and a source who blabbed the couple were spotted all over New Orleans, hand in hand. Lainey claims »
- April MacIntyre
"Dark Shadows" is a '60s soap opera about vampires. All things supernatural really, but vampires are a big focus thanks to Jonathan Frid's character Barnabus Collins. In an interview with MTV's Josh Horowitz, director Tim Burton -- who will soon turn to "Dark Shadows" with frequent collaborator Johnny Depp as its star -- said that it's too early to say if fans can expect a cameo from Frid in the adaptation.
Besides, Burton has bigger "Shadows" concerns than that. "One of the biggest challenges on ['Dark Shadows'] is to just capture that weird tone of the show," he said. For now, the focus is on Burton's unfinished "Alice in Wonderland," which hits theaters in March 2010. As the director reveals in the video below, he hasn't even seen the Caterpillar yet! "Dark Shadows" will come, in due time. But first, we all need to take a trip down the rabbit hole. »
- Adam Rosenberg
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Jonathan Frid is best known for playing vampire Barnabas Collins on the '60s TV series "Dark Shadows." Guess what he looks like now! ...
- TMZ Staff
Time to get ready for even more vampires at the cineplex. After Hollywood's long zombie fixation, Twilight brought the children of the night back into vogue and now vampires are crawling out of the woodwork. HBO has True Blood, Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant opens in October, and news recently broke that Robert Downey Jr. is in consideration to play Lestat in a relaunch of Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles. Now, Johnny Depp might be playing a vampire as well in a Tim Burton-directed remake of the creepy 60s TV series Dark Shadows, which was basically a soap opera with a twist: the lead character, Barnabas Collins (played by Jonathan Frid), was afflicted with vampirism. Depp said: I was obsessed with Barnabas Collins. I have photographs of me holding Barnabas Collins' posters when I was five or six. When asked about the possibility of making a Dark Shadows movie, »
- BrentJS Sprecher
You will find here the first teasers, stills, posters, synopsis rumors about upcoming horror movies presented at the San Diego Comic Con 2009 ! Part. III : "Dark Shadows", "Solomon Kane", "Mother's Day", "Pirates Of The Carribean 4" "Dark Shadows" - Tim Burton to direct ! Tim Burton confirmed that he will indeed be directing the film. Dan Curtis the producer/director of the original series died last year and the rights to the show have finally been settled. With over 1,225 episodes, "Dark Shadows" was a highly atmospheric, spooky soap-opera that featured gothic horror staples like vampires, monsters, witches, werewolves, ghosts and zombies that ran from 1966 - 1971 and featured actor Jonathan Frid as vampire Barnabas Collins. "Solomon Kane" - One Sheets pictures Here's »
Without much detail, director Tim Burton has confirmed that his next project in line after "Alice In Wonderland" is finished will be the Dan Curtis television series "Dark Shadows" - that is, "if I ever finish this one." Particularly judging from preview photos of characters from the re-imagined film, Burton's "Alice" will keep him busy, indeed, until its release in March 2010. The wacky costuming, absurd characters and Alice's impossible journey, Burton said during a press conference at Comic-Con, is all just a reflection of human emotional states. In its previous incarnations, the "Alice" story has never satisfactorily fulfilled that vision. »
- Katie Hasty
Is there another filmmaker working whose tackled more revisionist projects? It seems like everything this guy does lately is an updated version of an older movie, TV show or piece of literature. So, during Comic Con, Burton announced his next project, which really comes as no surprise.
Once he's finished up with Alice in Wonderland, Burton will bring the classic Dan Curtis television series, Dark Shadows to the big screen. It should surprise none of you that Johnny Depp is already attached to play Barnabas Collins, the vampiric head of the family.
Dark Shadows continues to have a strong following to this day. With a short-lived reincarnation having gone over like a led balloon in the 90s, Burton is looking to put a big screen spin on the cult TV series.
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- Masked Slasher
The feature is based on the cult '60s supernatural TV show created by Dan Curtis. Johnny Depp has had interest in playing Barnabas Collins, the vampire patriarch of the series will produce the new take on the classic series.
Tim Burton announced at the San Diego Comic-Con that once he's done with Alice in Wonderland , his next project will be Dark Shadows . The film will be based on the cult '60s supernatural TV show created by Dan Curtis. Johnny Depp is attached to play Barnabas Collins, the vampire patriarch of the series. With over 1,225 episodes, "Dark Shadows" was a highly atmospheric, spooky soap-opera that featured gothic horror staples like vampires, monsters, witches, werewolves, ghosts and zombies that ran from 1966 - 1971 and featured actor Jonathan Frid as vampire Barnabas Collins. »
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