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SideReel Review - Dark Shadows (2012) - Starring Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, and Michelle Pfeiffer - by Yael Tygiel

Dark Shadows (2012) Dark Shadows , based on the late 60's afternoon soap, tells the story of wealthy Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp) who is turned into a vampire by a scorned witch (Eva Green). He is then buried by the townspeople until his coffin is accidentally found in the 1970s.  The most important thing to Barnabas is family (something his father once told him about the importance of family must've really resonated with him), so he returns to his house to find it full of his distant relatives... This is the part that bothers me the most. I hate to be nit-picky, especially since I full heartedly support Tim Burton, but there's never any explanation as to how the new Collins are related to Barnabas. And if family is so important to him, then it's kind of important. But I digress.  Putting aside the numerous unanswered questions, the movie is cute and fun with just a hint of scary. Tim Burton injects his flair into every aspect of this film, from the beautiful Collins' home, Collinwood, to the quant fishing town of Collinsport - everything has a Burton-esque vibe.  The casting in this movie is just brilliant,  I'm not just talking about  Tim's right-hand-man or long-time girlfriend, Helena Bonham Carter. But Michelle Pfeiffer as the strong Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, Jonny Lee Miller as the slimy Roger Collins,  and Eva Green! The lovely Eva Green is perfectly cast (even with the terrible and distracting accent) as the brokenhearted beautiful, yet evil, witch Angelique Bouchard.  If your kids don't get scared easily, and can handle a few innuendoes and minor curse words, then take them to see Dark Shadows .  Dark Shadows is rated PG-13 and is now playing in theaters everywhere. -Yael Tygiel

Johnny Depp And Tim Burton To Shoot "Dark Shadows" Next Year?

It's the project every Tim Burton and Johnny Depp fan keeps dreaming of - the duo's remake of " Dark Shadows ". Depp has reportedly dreamed of playing vampire Barnabas Collins since childhood, and in 2007, bought the rights to the 60s television show through his shingle, Infinitum Nihil. He's been developing a remake with Warner Bros., and Burton became unofficially attached this year - probably to the surprise of no one, given his taste towards the Gothic. However, Depp has become attached to a number of huge projects this year, not the least of which is " The Lone Ranger " and a fourth "Pirates of the Caribbean" installment. For awhile, it seemed as though he might be putting his vampire fantasies on hold. But according to producer Richard D. Zanuck talking to Collider, " Dark Shadows " is going to be Depp and Burton's next project, and they plan to start shooting in London next summer. Keep in mind that this is unofficial, and that schedules can change pretty rapidly in Hollywood, particularly when your as in demand as Depp is. On the other hand, vampires are the hottest creatures going right now, and audiences are probably in the mood for a " Dark Shadows " remake like never before. Source