Dark Shadows (2012 remake)

  • HorrorHound

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    Mar 17, 2012 12:13 PM GMT
    While I'm not a fan of "soap operas", there's always been a love for this old "soap" that dealt w/ a cursed family line, vampires, werewolves, ghosts, etc....it had it all! I became a fan of it around '94 when I first got Sci Fi Channel.

    But after seeing the trailer to this version (trailer can be viewed below) - I was let down, & confused. I thought it'd be played more serious/sinister, but this movie looks like its just "fish out of water" comedy. However I'm still excited to see it. Most of Tim Burton's films are quirky.

    Anyhow, this is Tim Burton's take on the source material -- if a fan, or if not a fan - leave your thoughts?

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    Mar 17, 2012 12:36 PM GMT
    I've never seen the original soap icon_neutral.gif

    While I am a fan of Tim Burtons work. I like his work more when it has more of a serious tone and less of a comedic tone. I think I'll wait for this one to hit Blu-ray before I see it
  • rnch

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    Mar 17, 2012 12:45 PM GMT
    Is this a remake of the "Daytime Drama" of the mid 1960's?
  • nomadfornow

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    Mar 17, 2012 2:39 PM GMT
    I agree with the OP... I was very let down by this preview. I was hoping for something more in keeping with the original concept of the 60s soap, with maybe just a bit of tongue in cheek for good measure (the original was unintentionally rather cheesy and campy, but in an enjoyable way). This just looks like it's trying too hard, beating the audience over the head with "Look, it's the 70s! Isn't it kitschy?" I think I'll pass. icon_neutral.gif
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    Mar 17, 2012 2:56 PM GMT
    okay this is the third thread in 3 days on this

    but as I said in the other two threads...I have INTENSE HATRED for this trailer and how Burton and Depp have screwed with Dark Shadows. A total insult to the fans of the show. This is supposed to be dark, not a comedy, the use of the 70s music was deplorable. Are period jokes about the 70s really funny or even relevant...hey gee we have a vampire coming back from the dead lets make a bunch of stupid jokes about him discovering modern ways. Was really looking forward to it but now will probably pass. They turned into True Blood but without any edginess at all.
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    Mar 17, 2012 3:03 PM GMT
    I physically grimaced when I saw this. It just looks like a horrible, campy misfire. Lara Parker's gorgeous, feline witch from the series proper seems to get the worst treatment -- reduced to a top-heavy bimbo throwing herself at Depp's fey vampire.

    I'd rather the studio just release "House of Dark Shadows" -- which boldly takes on the grim sex and violence the series could only hint at -- instead of this.

    Burton really hasn't had a good movie since "Sleepy Hollow."
  • nomadfornow

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    Mar 17, 2012 3:11 PM GMT
    jerseywoof saidokay this is the third thread in 3 days on this

    but as I said in the other two threads...I have INTENSE HATRED for this trailer and how Burton and Depp have screwed with Dark Shadows. A total insult to the fans of the show. This is supposed to be dark, not a comedy, the use of the 70s music was deplorable. Are period jokes about the 70s really funny or even relevant...hey gee we have a vampire coming back from the dead lets make a bunch of stupid jokes about him discovering modern ways. Was really looking forward to it but now will probably pass. They turned into True Blood but without any edginess at all.


    EXACTLY. I'll just Netflix the original series instead.
  • gunpumper

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    Mar 17, 2012 3:43 PM GMT
    I watched the original episodes in real time
    since I was in elementary school at the time.
    It scared the shit out of me. I was hoping the
    2012 movie version would be 2012 terrifying
    In keeping with the dark evil premise of
    the original soap . I haven't seen the trailer
    for the new movie but it sounds like Burton
    went another direction. It's a shame with 21 Jump
    Street already getting the "funny" treatment
    that a truly scary breakthrough show like
    Dark Shadows is going to be handled the same
    way. I think as an adult I'm still slightly psychologically
    scarred by the
    freaky time traveling monster filled
    frights from the original 1960's episodes.
  • HorrorHound

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    Mar 17, 2012 4:35 PM GMT
    jerseywoof saidokay this is the third thread in 3 days on this

    but as I said in the other two threads...I have INTENSE HATRED for this trailer and how Burton and Depp have screwed with Dark Shadows. A total insult to the fans of the show. This is supposed to be dark, not a comedy, the use of the 70s music was deplorable. Are period jokes about the 70s really funny or even relevant...hey gee we have a vampire coming back from the dead lets make a bunch of stupid jokes about him discovering modern ways. Was really looking forward to it but now will probably pass. They turned into True Blood but without any edginess at all.


    My apologies about creating the 3rd thread on this topic - I honestly did look through the subjects of others & didn't notice.

    But I agree w/ ya about what they did to the tone of this film. I was looking forward to a moody & atmospheric film, much like the originals.

    Both this & the Fright Night remake will be two huge 'remake' scew-ups
  • BlackBeltGuy

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    Mar 17, 2012 6:25 PM GMT


    Both this & the Fright Night remake will be two huge 'remake' scew-ups


    that statement is correct brother.
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    Mar 17, 2012 6:36 PM GMT
    Too bad they decided to make it a comedy.

    The original was dark, brooding, gothic -- and took itself seriously.

    Those are the things that made it great. And obviously, the things missing in the new film.


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    Mar 18, 2012 1:02 AM GMT
    I also watched the first run episodes of the original series and remember the first time I stumbled upon it - it was the episode where the ghost of Quentin made his first appearance. I may have been only six but I recognized that by turns the show was both scary and unintentionally funny what with the flubbed dialogue and cardboard gravestones. What I figured out as an adult, particularly after watching reruns from the beginning of season one, was that the show veered quite intentionally into earnest, straight-faced camp parody (and, pun intended, monster ratings) once the character of Barnabas was introduced. That's why I can't understand why "purists" dislike the trailer. While there was nothing scarier than Angelique's laugh, the show could be a hoot. "(C'mon..."The Blue Whale?") Plus there were lots of hot guys on it sporting more pancake, mascara and eye shadow than Joan Bennett, her "gayish" brother "Roger" and Jonathan Frid put together. A serious "Dark Shadows" remake was made 20 years ago starring Ben Cross. B-o-r-i-n-g!
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    Mar 18, 2012 1:09 AM GMT
    Loved the original Dark Shadows (my brother and I used to rent the seasons from Blockbuster haha) and the TV show from 90s. This looks like a hot mess, just like expected.

    Some things should be left alone by Tim Burton. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was on that list. Add Dark Shadows. Depp is going turn Barnabus Collins into a fop, like he did Willy Wonka. I love Depp but he's stuck in Pirates of the Carribbean. He's been playing the same character over and over.

    But if this gets them to bring Dark Shadows back to TV, I'm all over it. Great show.

    P.S. For fans of the original, the entire series is being released on DVD next month. So that's another good side effect of this Burton/Depp mess.
  • muscletruk

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    Mar 18, 2012 1:29 AM GMT
    count me among the disappointed. I also watched the original after school and loved it. I've always love horror and even though Dark Shadows didn't go that far, as a kid I loved it.
    I've enjoyed some of Tim Burton's films and Johnny Depp as well but this looks lame. think I'll pass