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Dark Shadows (2012)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Collins (as Gully McGrath)
Ray Shirley ...


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 | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

11 May 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sombras tenebrosas  »

Box Office


$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jonathan Frid, Lara Parker, David Selby and Kathryn Leigh Scott, who played Barnabas Collins, Angelique Bouchard, Quentin Collins and Maggie Evans/Josette DuPres in the original Dark Shadows (1966), appear at the ball at Collinwood Manor in two scenes: 1) when they are welcomed at the door by Barnabas, and when Alice Cooper begins his second number, Elizabeth is seen talking talking with Scott, Selby and Parker. See more »


The opening scene takes place in October in Maine, yet the forest is full of ferns and the trees are in full bloom, with no dead leaves or fall colors visible. See more »


[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

There is a dedication in the closing credits: "To the memory of Dan Curtis". See more »


References The Exorcist (1973) See more »


Ballad of Dwight Fry
Written by Alice Cooper and Michael Bruce
Performed by Alice Cooper
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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User Reviews

Keep these two away from each other
9 May 2012 | by (Cambridge) – See all my reviews

The film can't decide whether it's a fish-out-of-water comedy or a Gothic thriller/romance. Instead, we get treated to a bipolar movie that is, at times, really funny, but mostly full of unnecessary exposition. I think Burton wanted to honor the TV show by adding in so many details, but frankly, it was boring at times as they moved from one plot point to another. Some of the "wrap up" surprises at the end came off as forced. Though I'm glad they didn't rely on as much CGI to create the set pieces, one major scene involving a concert looked like it was stolen from the Austin Powers films.

Johnny Depp did some great physical comedy as well as Helena Bonham Carter and Jackie Earle Haley, but Dark Shadows should go back to the grave.

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