A show of hands those who love Tim Burton (purveyor of dark, quirky-themed movies)? Good. Now, a show of hands those who love Johnny Depp (“Savvy?”)? Great. And then, now, a show of hands those who love anything Tim Burton and Johnny Depp does together (read: Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride, Alice in Wonderland)?
Because the first trailer for Tim Burton’s feature film version of the cult TV series, “Dark Shadows” has finally been released. The hype started when a load of images were released periodically, teasing the audience (that would be us) and keeping the world hella curious. Tsk. Sneaky, Tim, sneaky.
But now, these images have officially been set in motion:
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Here’s the plot:
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.ADVERTISEMENT
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 Collins Stoddard (Michelle Pfeiffer) has called upon live-in psychiatrist, Dr. Julia Hoffman (Helena Bonham Carter), to help with her family troubles.
Also residing in the manor is Elizabeth’s ne’er-do-well brother, Roger Collins, (Jonny Lee Miller); her rebellious teenage daughter Carolyn Stoddard (Chloe Moretz); and Roger’s precocious 10-year-old son, David Collins (Gulliver McGrath). The mystery extends beyond the family, to caretaker Willie Loomis, played by Jackie Earle Haley, and David’s new nanny, Victoria Winters, played by Bella Heathcote.
Ahh! We can’t say that Johnny Depp doesn’t look just a little bit more than creepy. Then again, would you have imagined him to be playing a non-quirky character? Oh, and might we add, you’re looking nothing less than vixen-hot, Eva! What a drastic change from your Bond girl image, we must say.
Dark Shadows will be released in Malaysia on the 10th of May 2012.
(Psst. Before you think Dark Shadows is going to ruin your life, don’t – because this is very much a comedy).
We can already foresee it – this is going to be yet another (eight, to be exact) one of those Tim Burton and Johnny Depp magical collaborations. Can’t wait!
For more information, visit their official movie website.