The infamous story of Benjamin Barker, AKA Sweeney Todd, who sets up a barber shop down in London which is the basis for a sinister partnership with his fellow tenant, Mrs. Lovett. Based on the hit Broadway musical.
Helena Bonham Carter,
In the year 1752, Joshua and Naomi Collins, with young son Barnabas, set sail from Liverpool, England to start a new life in America. But even an ocean was not enough to escape the mysterious curse that has plagued their family. Two decades pass and Barnabas (Johnny Depp) has the world at his feet-or at least the town of Collinsport, Maine. The master of Collinwood Manor, Barnabas is rich, powerful and an inveterate playboy...until he makes the grave mistake of breaking the heart of Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green). A witch, in every sense of the word, Angelique dooms him to a fate worse than death: turning him into a vampire, and then burying him alive. Two centuries later, Barnabas 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 has fallen into ruin. The dysfunctional remnants of the Collins family have fared little better, each harboring their own dark secrets. Matriarch Elizabeth ... Written by
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Johnny Depp was a huge fan of the TV show when he was a child. When Warner Brothers acquired the rights to it from the estate of show creator Dan Curtis, they brought the property to Depp who then persuaded Tim Burton that this would be an ideal project for them to work on. See more »
While talking with Carolyn, Barnabas recites the lyrics to "The Joker" by the Steve Miller Band, which was recorded in 1973. See more »
It is said that blood is thicker than water. It is what defines us, binds us... curses us.
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The opening credits feature Victoria Winters en route to Collinwood, repeating her name to herself ("My name is Victoria Winters..."), while the prologue featured a shot of waves breaking onto a cliffshore. This is a reverse of the Dark Shadows (1966) opening, where the prologue featured Victoria Winters traveling and the title sequence was of the waves breaking upon seashore scree. See more »
As an avid fan of the original Dark Shadows series I can honestly say I went in seeing this movie expecting to be appalled. I came out with a smile for several reasons. For me Dark Shadows became my family of sorts...a truly dysfunctional family with several secrets and regrets. The original series helped me cope with many issues in my own life growing up and seeing it renewed brought back so many fantastic memories that were both good and bad. As for the movie itself it was done with such a unique old fashioned charm that captured the era of the early 70's and who could ever complain about the score with the likes of Alice Cooper and the Almighty Black Sabbath. The mood was great from the get-go and the comedic bits were placed in well with the story told putting the trailers to shame. Seeing the trailers I assumed it was a comedic parody and it was gladly not. The story arc with Angelique having lived in one form or another throughout the ages of the Collins family history was great and leads to further story lines both past and present. Barnabas wasn't the only main story as Angelique delved into the past histories of Quentin Collins (the werewolf) and that of Judah Zachary (the warlock). Wherever Johnny Depp and Tim Burton go with this project I hope they make it as original as they have made this adventure. Take their own ideas and run with it. Personally I believe Dan Curtis (the original producer) would be proud. In my own opinion I think they should attempt the world of prime-time animated features similar to The Avengers: Earths Mightiest Heroes.
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