It’s funny, it was only a few weeks ago that I was complaining at the lack of trailers and promotional goodies for Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows, and yet here we are with a FIFTH TV spot! I am not complaining, although it would be nice to start seeing some new footage rather than the same old stuff presented in different ways. Each TV spot gave us a few seconds of new stuff, but this fifth one is everything we have already seen rolled into one!
Directed by Tim Burton, and based on the TV show from the 1960?s of the same name, the film is due for release 11th May 2012. Dark Shadows has a whole host of top class actors including Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Chloe Moretz, Michelle Pfeiffer, Eva Green, Christopher Lee, Jackie Earle Haley and Jonny Lee Miller.
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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 Brouchard (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 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 are 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.
By Matt Wavish