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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With no time for rehearsal prior to filming, Tim Burton found a way to put his entire main cast in the mindset of their respective roles: He gathered them together on the set for a photo session in which they replicated the famous image of the original Dark Shadows (1966) cast all standing in the foyer of Collinwood. This image evolved into the film's teaser poster. See more »
Barry White's "You're the First, the Last, My Everything" was not released until 1974. See more »
It is said that blood is thicker than water. It is what defines us, binds us... curses us.
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Ed Wood was the last time Burton really kept me in aww~mode... I have been a long time fan of his work & his overall feel, but this time out, everything falls flat and not even the blue cheekbones of Sir Depp can bring this back to life. Shame.
It should be noted as well that while shot with a big budget, the Collinswood set feels about as big as a shoebox. I guess all the money went into that house, but I could not help notice how small the world the movie took place in. Its basically narrow streets and two canneries at the end of a pier~
The biggest fault I had with the movie (which I was consistently trying to enjoy as it went on) besides the script was the casting. Everyone was bland, lifeless and dull. Depp was the obvious standout, getting the laughs and embodying Barnabas,but everyone else left me with a kind of smattering of appeal towards their characters. When they weren't absent for 45 minutes between scenes (Im looking at you Governess), the supporting cast kind just turned up their "gufaww" rate and walked right through everything.
But the music is great!
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