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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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Every Family Has Its Demons See more »

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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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Box Office

Budget:

$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,685,274, 13 May 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$79,727,149

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$245,527,149
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Trivia

Tim Burton: [misfit] Barnabas Collins' curse makes him an outcast from society. See more »

Goofs

Barnabas attacks a television during a live performance of The Carpenters singing "Top of the World." The song was originally released in 1972, on the album "A Song For You," but it wasn't released as a single or performed before a television audience until 1973. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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 »

Connections

Referenced in Drop Dead Diva: Trust Me (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Ballad of Dwight Fry
Written by Alice Cooper and Michael Bruce
Performed by Alice Cooper and Chloë Grace Moretz
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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one of the best of the Hollywood re-imaginings...
10 January 2017 | by See all my reviews

Lets be frank. If you had a dime for every time Hollywood took something dusty and old, and tried to turn it into something shiny and new, you could retire.

In fact, most of these attempts barely work. But (having seen this one front to back three times since its first release) I believe this is an exception and moreover I believe that viewers have become so jaded to these attempts that they instinctively rebelled against the film (hence the low rating) without even giving it a chance.

The script by Seth Grahame-Smith is witty and clever and engaging. And wonderfully demented. The cast is to die for. Eva Green and Johnny Depp are at the peak of their craft, delivering with a straight face bits of dialog that lesser actors would choke on. The supporting cast (almost all A-list with a young Chloë Grace Moretz) is rock solid.

Overall a delightfully deranged yet still entertaining exercise in being silly -- which is exactly what Hollywood aims for in these odd exercises.

The IMDb rating is much too low. Give it another chance.


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