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Dark Shadows (2012)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror | 11 May 2012 (USA)
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An imprisoned vampire, Barnabas Collins, is set free and returns to his ancestral home, where his dysfunctional descendants are in need of his protection.

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Storyline

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 Warner Bros. Pictures

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Comedy | Fantasy | Horror

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Rated PG-13 for comic horror violence, sexual content, some drug use, language and smoking | See all certifications »

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Sombras tenebrosas  »

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Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$29,685,274 (USA) (11 May 2012)

Gross:

$79,711,678 (USA) (10 August 2012)
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Trivia

According to costume designer Colleen Atwood, she designed the 18th and 20th century costumes and then overlaid and blended in elements from both to create a smooth, similar feel that suited the film. See more »

Goofs

The train Victoria rides during the opening credits is the Amtrak "Downeaster", which started service in the early 2000s. The cars and engines are from the 1990s, with the post-2000 Amtrak logo. When Amtrak was formed in 1971, the trains had rusty, hand-me-down streamlined passenger locomotives and cars that were near the end of their lives. See more »

Quotes

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Barnabas Collins: [narrates] It is said that blood is thicker than water. It is what defines us, binds us... curses us.
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Crazy Credits

When the Warner Bros and Village Roadshow logos appear, the Dark Shadows (1966) score "The Secret Room" can be briefly heard. See more »

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Spoofs House of Dark Shadows (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Theme from a Summer Place
Written by Max Steiner
Performed by Percy Faith
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Burton fumbled, and dropped the ball again
27 November 2012 | by (Leipzig) – See all my reviews

I think they dropped the ball on this one. It is a Tim Burton film, and at times it has a weird atmosphere, and at times it's amusing, but for the most part it does little to add to the original story and show, and doesn't quite make it above another Addams Family type of horror comedy, which is sad, especially for the fans of the original show which created something strangely special and dramatic on a shoestring budget. This film is based on the show but manages to drain a sense of reality out of the original story to make a vehicle for Johnny Depp to once again, stutt around in his costume, fake a British accent, and spout one-lines that can be used in the trailers. The art director and Tim Burton have their usual field day overdoing every aspect of the visuals until there is no connection to real life, so how could the characters come to life? It's a dopey comedy with no base in a love of the original show except in a quasi-Halloween-ish, "let's dress up in funny costumes and wigs" sort of way. Too bad, a serious script and serious reboot of the original show would have been amazing.


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