Dark Shadows

Dark Shadows (PG-13)
Rated for comic horror violence, sexual content, some drug use, language and smoking
Directed by Tim Burton
Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Chloë Grace Moretz , Michelle Pfeiffer
Dark Shadows is based on the Gothic Soap Opera that ran from June 27, 1966, to April 2, 1971. The show ran for 5 years, but based on the it’s five day per week  daytime scheduling the drama created 1,225  episodes, surpassing any other science-fiction/fantasy series, yes even including Doctor Who and every Star Trek television show combined.
The Shadow’s popularity did not take off till they introduced the vampire Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid). today it is impossible to think of the show sans Barnabas, but the soap had been running nearly a year before it introduced the vampire. Once the creators of the show saw the popularity of  Frid’s caped character, werewolves and witches quickly followed. 
Director Tim Burton was a big fan of the series  and  Johnny Depp is on the record stating that as a child, ‘He was so obsessed with Barnabas Collins that he wanted to be him”. Well thanks to his friend Tim Burton; he has gotten his chance. The first time watching the trailer, it seems hard for me to picture anyone other then Depp playing the part.
Clearly Burton faced the challenge of trying to take 1,225 shows and tell a 2 hour story that worked on the big screen in 2012.  Interestingly, he chooses  to set the film back in 1972 (the year after the original series ended) and also chose to make it a film that is a parity  while also paying homage to the spirit of the original. 
Here we are told of the Collins family who sailed from England  to the New World i n  1752. Taking up residence in  Collinwood Manor, their son,Barnabas, is a product of privilege and has a reputation for breaking many a young woman’s heart. however when one of those hearts belongs to a witch, Angelique Bouchard, she responds by turning him into a vampire and then buries him alive. Burton begins his story In 1972, when Barnabas is accidentally freed from his coffin. he he turns to his old home only to find his beautiful estate, quite run-down  and populated with a collection of  Barnabas’ descendants, each with obvious character flaws and hidden horrifying secrets.
Dark Shadows

About Lane J. Lubell
When I began this site, I was a student at "The Latin School of Chicago, and it consumed the majority of my waking hours, the remaining time was split between, making movies, hanging with friends, and spending time with family. Toss in eating and a few hours of sleep; and there was not all that much time left over. I provided that explanation to lower expectation of daily posts, and to point out that simply because I did not review a given film does not mean I did not find it worthy; more likely, homework took precedence. I am now attending Northwestern University where I'm enrolled in RTVF (Radio, Television, Video and Film) department. While I was very happy at Latin, and still go back to see each theater performance; I'm glad to be done with AP Calculus, and love that I get to take a larger percentage of classes focusing on literature, philosophy ,writing and film. I'm still just getting my feet wet here, but I have met some people that share my love of film and theater and we are already planing on some collaborations. Who knows, maybe I could even get a few of them to post a review here on CinemaShadow.com . I made this site not to "Talk to people" about films; but to 'Talk with People" about films. To that end; I would love to have others post comments, list their favorite movies, recommend films, new and old, that you think are worth watching.

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