Dark Shadows

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Dark Shadows Overview

Vampire Barnabas Collins 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 and family have fallen into ruin.

Who Stars in Dark Shadows

Johnny Depp
Barnabas Collins

Johnny Depp

Michelle Pfeiffer
Elizabeth Collins Stoddard

Michelle Pfeiffer

Helena Bonham Carter
Dr. Julia Hoffman

Helena Bonham Carter

Jackie Earle Haley
Willie Loomis

Jackie Earle Haley

Jonny Lee Miller
Roger Collins

Jonny Lee Miller

Eva Green
Angelique Bouchard

Eva Green


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Review for Dark Shadows

Author: Per Gunnar Jonsson

I generally like Tim Burton as well as Johnny Depp. This movie was no exception. It is a dark (of course with Tim Burton) comedy with some hint of action/thriller in it. I would not really characterize it as a horror movie even though there are a vampire as well as a witch and a werewolf in it. Of course there is the romance stuff but I personally feel that is really more of a background or justification to the plot than anything else. This is not a magnificent movie but it’s a good movie. I have never seen the original series so I am not biased by that. It seems that many people that considers this to be a bad movie refers to the original show. I have read several of the critical reviews and I do not agree with most of them. I found this movie to be a nice, moderately paced, comedy in a vampire/gothic setting. The mood and the wackiness were fairly typical for a Tim Burton production. Johnny Depp was pretty much as can be expected which is a good thing if you like Johnny Depp. The return of Barnabas to his, now rather dysfunctional, family is rather funny. The ease with how Barnabas was duped and trapped again in the second half of the film was a bit annoying but then, he had been asleep for a few centuries. The entire family quite enjoyed this movie.

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Tim Burton Productions

Infinitum Nihil

GK Films

Village Roadshow Pictures

Zanuck Company, The

Dan Curtis Productions

Warner Bros. Pictures



Release Date

Original Language

1 hr 53 mins

$ 150,000,000.00 (Estimated)

$ 245,527,149.00 (USA)

$ 95,527,149.00 (Estimated in USA)


Comedy Fantasy

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