Dark Shadows (film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Tim Burton|
|Produced by||Richard D. Zanuck
|Screenplay by||Seth Grahame-Smith|
|Story by||John August
|Based on||Dark Shadows
by Dan Curtis
Helena Bonham Carter
Jackie Earle Haley
Jonny Lee Miller
Chloë Grace Moretz
|Music by||Danny Elfman|
|Editing by||Chris Lebenzon|
|Studio||Village Roadshow Pictures
The Zanuck Company
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures
Roadshow Entertainment (Australia & New Zealand)
|Running time||113 minutes|
Dark Shadows is a 2012 American horror comedy film based on the gothic soap opera of the same name that was produced for television between 1966 and 1971. The film is directed by Tim Burton and stars Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins, a 200-year-old vampire who has been imprisoned in a coffin. Collins is eventually unearthed and makes his way back to his mansion, now inhabited by his dysfunctional descendants. Collins also discovers that his jealous ex-lover, Angelique Bouchard, played by Eva Green, has taken over the town's fishing business that was once run by the Collins family (Bouchard is a witch who was responsible for transforming Collins into a vampire). Michelle Pfeiffer also stars as Collins' cousin, Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, the reclusive matriarch of the Collins family. The film had a limited release on May 10, 2012, and was officially released the following day in the United States.
The film was a box office disappointment and received mixed-to-negative reviews from critics, many of whom praised its visual style and consistent humor, but felt it lacked a focused or substantial plot and developed characters. The film marks Richard D. Zanuck's last as producer, as he died two months after the film's release. It also featured the final film appearance of original series actor Jonathan Frid, who died before Zanuck on April 14. He shared a cameo in the movie with former series co-stars Kathryn Leigh Scott, David Selby, and Lara Parker, as well as with rock musician Alice Cooper.
In 1760, the Collins family migrates to America from Liverpool and sets up a fishing port in Maine, naming it Collinsport. Sixteen years later in 1776 the son, Barnabas (Johnny Depp), has an affair with a maid, Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green), a witch who has been infatuated with him since childhood. When he tells her he does not love nor want her, Angelique kills his parents. Barnabas then falls in love with Josette du Pres (Bella Heathcote). In a fit of jealousy, Angelique bewitches Josette into leaping from a cliff to her death. Barnabas leaps after her in grief, but he survives because Angelique turns him into an immortal vampire. Still unable to win him over, however, Angelique finally rouses a mob to capture and bury Barnabas alive in a chained coffin in the woods and curses his family.
One hundred ninety-six years later, in the year 1972, a young girl is seen riding on a train to Collinsport looking for a better life and an old friend of hers. She practices saying her name, but instead decides not to use her real name and takes "Victoria Winters" as her new name. Leaving the train station, she waits on the side of the road for a ride and gets picked up by a van full of hippies, who take advantage of her by calling her "Veronica." She gets dropped off in front of the Collins family's manor house and meets the family now living in the manor, including Willie Loomis (Jackie Earle Haley), the caretaker of the manor, and the current family matriarch, Elizabeth Collins-Stoddard (Michelle Pfeiffer) Elizabeth tells Victoria about the legendary Barnabas, 10-year old David and his mother's death. Fifteen year-old Carolyn (Chloe Grace Moretz) meets Victoria and talks about going to Manhattan. Victoria then receives a job as a governess for the family. At dinner, Victoria meets Dr. Julia Hoffman (Helena Bonham Carter), David's psychiatrist, and tells Roger (Jonny Lee Miller) about herself while Carolyn plays loud music. Roger yells at Carolyn and orders her to turn the music she's playing down. Victoria then notices a "ghost" in the room. Elizabeth tells the "ghost" that Victoria will be their new governess.
The "ghost" is revealed to be Roger's young son, David (Gulliver McGrath). Victoria tries to tell him ghosts aren't real and it's just his imagination even though she can see them. Carolyn and David start arguing. Carolyn gets sent to her room, after yelling she is never understood. That night, Victoria, while unpacking her few belongings, spots a sheet believing it is David again. Instead, it is a real ghost under the sheet who announces, "He is coming" before disappearing.
Meanwhile, construction workers accidentally free Barnabas from his coffin, who reluctantly slakes his unbearable thirst for blood by feeding on his rescuers. He makes his way back to his manor and encounters Willy, whom he makes his willing servant. Whilst Carolyn and David watch television, Elizabeth is shocked to find Barnabas and talks to him about it, he asks her about the legend of Barnabas Collins and the family curse, which Elizabeth believes are myths. Upon convincing Elizabeth of his identity by revealing a secret treasure room behind the fireplace, Barnabas is allowed to stay under the condition that he never reveals either the room or the fact that he is a vampire to the rest of the family. At breakfast, Elizabeth tells the family their visitor is Barnabas Collins III, a distant relative from England who has come to restore the family's business and reputation in town. Barnabas becomes very deeply attracted to Victoria, whom he briefly mistakes for his lost Josette, and immediately begins to pursue her romantically.
Angelique, who has apparently used her magic to stay alive, young and beautiful for the entire two centuries since locking Barnabas in the coffin, arrives at the manor and sees Carolyn listening to music and meets Elizabeth. As Barnabas notices her he gets permission to talk to her and she tells him that she changed Collinsport into Angel Bay after kissing him. Barnabas and Elizabeth start to figure out what to do. They try to rebuild the house and Barnabas tries to get used to living in the 1970s and with his present-day family. While Carolyn listens to music on television, he unplugs the set because the song being sung on the program is so annoying. That night, Willie takes him to a pub to take to see a local sea captain, Silas Clarney (Christopher Lee). Barnabas hypnotizes Clarney into helping him recruit fishing-boat crews away from Angel Bay Seafood to harvest fish for his own family's business.
While Roger sits in his chair in front of a window smoking, he finds the door to the secret treasure room to be open and sees Barnabas come out of it with some items in his hands. Barnabas climbs up the stairs to Carolyn's room and is fascinated by her lava lamp. Dr. Hoffman hypnotizes him, realizes he is a vampire and gets angry at Elizabeth for keeping the secret from the rest of the family. Barnabas asks Carolyn why she doesn't have a boyfriend. Carolyn tells him if he wants to learn how to act like "normal" people (i.e., non-vampiric mortals of the present), he must spend time with some of them; so later on that night he sits by a fire with some hippies chatting, then kills all of them by drinking their blood. He then talks to Victoria at the shore. Meanwhile, Angelique, furious that the Collinses have revived their fortunes and stolen business from her company, meets with Angel Bay Seafood's board of directors to plot retaliation.
While Willie waits in his car for Barnabas, Angelique talks to Barnabas in her office and tries to convince him to sell the Collins fishery to her. She tries to win him back, later forcing him to make wild, passionate love with her in the office, saying that if he doesn't, she will kill Victoria. Although he has sexual intercourse with her, he still rejects her, as he loves Victoria. Dr. Hoffman once again uses Barnabas' blood. Victoria has nightmares about her childhood that night and follows Josette's ghost. Meanwhile, Barnabas decides to invite the entire town to a party (which he calls a ball) at the manor featuring Alice Cooper (whom Barnabas mistakes for a female due to Cooper's name). Barnabas sees David standing by a secret door and orders him to move out of the way. He also notices Roger kissing another woman at the party. Carolyn questions her mother about where her father is before Alice Cooper begins a new song. Barnabas spots Victoria out on the balcony alone. She tells Barnabas something made her come to Collinsport, and reveals to Barnabas that her parents committed her to an insane asylum, (under her real name "Maggie Evans"), as a child because she could see and talk to an invisible friend (Josette's ghost). Angelique arrives at the party in a sparkly red dress looking for Barnabas. Barnabas and Victoria confess their feelings for each other and kiss, unknowingly in Angelique's presence.
Meanwhile, Dr. Hoffman has discovered Barnabas' true nature after hypnotizing him. She convinces him to try an experimental procedure to in an attempt to become a regular human again via blood transfusions using her own blood, but her real intent is to use his blood to become a vampire to avoid aging. Upon discovering this betrayal, Barnabas drains her to death and dumps her in the ocean. Barnabas catches Roger trying to find the secret room and exposes Roger's lack of interest in his son. Barnabas makes him choose between being a good father to David, or leaving the family with sufficient funding to satisfy his greed. Roger chooses to leave, deeply wounding his son's feelings. Immediately afterwards, Barnabas rescues David from a falling disco ball and stumbles into a beam of sunlight, burning his skin and exposing his secret to the horrified children and Victoria.
Later that night, Angelique calls Barnabas into her office and coaxes him into confessing to the murders he has committed since being freed from his imprisonment. Angelique offers him a choice: to rule Collinsport by her side as her partner and lover, or she will place him back in the coffin. Barnabas leaves choosing neither and tells her in his usual flowery, archaic language to kiss his rear end. Angelique pulls Barnabas into the coffin using her magic powers and traps him inside, leaving him in the family crypt. She then heads to town and sets the Collins canning factory on fire. David, however, has followed her to the crypt and frees Barnabas once she is gone.
Angelique plays her secretly-made tape recording of Barnabas' murder confession to the police and rallies the townsfolk, once more turning them against the Collins family. Angelique leads the mob to Collins Manor to arrest the entire family, attacking Elizabeth in front of the mob; but then Barnabas walks up to Angelique, exposing both his and her true natures and pushes him through the door. As the townspeople leave, Barnabas and Angelique begin to fight. Barnabas accidentally throws her up through the ceiling into Carolyn's room. The maid cleans Barnabas up; Elizabeth appears with a shotgun and shoots Angelique in the arm. Angelique corrects Elizabeth and makes all the sculpture and fixtures in the house come alive. After Barnabas hits Angelique, she causes the house to drip blood. Elizabeth shoots a live snake that Angelique has conjured from the banister. Carolyn turns into a werewolf, attacking Angelique, who knocks Carolyn out by throwing her across the room. Angelique then confesses to having killed David's mother at sea when Carolyn was a baby, sending a werewolf over to the manor to bite Carolyn and make her a werewolf too, and killing Barnabas's parents, David stands up for Barnabas and tells Angelique to leave; when she refuses, David summons his mother's vengeful ghost. The ghost gives a single scream which knocks Angelique into the chandelier hanging from the ceiling.
Before she dies, Angelique pulls out her heart and offers it to Barnabas; he refuses, trying to make her admit that she did not really love him, but only wanted to possess him, and the heart shatters as Angelique dies. Barnabas then discovers that Angelique has bewitched Victoria into jumping off of Widow's Hill, the same cliff where Josette fell to her death. After Carolyn turns back to her normal self, Elizabeth, Carolyn, David, and Willie stand outside while the Manor burns down. When the children ask what the family will do now, Elizabeth replies, "What we've always done - endure." Barnabas arrives moments before Victoria is about to jump and breaks her hypnosis, but she reveals she actually wants to fall. She pleads with him to make her a vampire so that they can remain together forever, but he refuses. She then casts herself off the cliff, forcing Barnabas to follow and bite her to save her life, and Victoria, now realizing she is really Josette reincarnated, wakes up as a vampire. As the two kiss on the rocks in the waves, Barnabas narrates that he has been freed from his curse.
The film ends with an underwater scene showing a school of fish swimming away from Hoffman, who suddenly revives due to managing to make it far enough into the transfusions.
- Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins, an 18th-century vampire who awakens to the 20th century. Thomas McDonell also appears briefly in the film as a 6-year-old Barnabas. While an empathetic character aware of his sinister nature, Barnabas retains a vicious streak, never forgiving and relentless in the kill. His only loyalties to his family aside, he is a well mannered man consistently trapped in the mindset of an 18th-century Englishman.
- Michelle Pfeiffer as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, the family matriarch. Stern and strict, but loyal and devoted to her family, Elizabeth cares for every member of the household and tends to help them through their personal trials. To "endure" as they always have, she isn't afraid to stand up for herself.
- Helena Bonham Carter as Dr. Julia Hoffman, the family's live-in psychiatrist, hired to deal with David and his belief in ghosts. Somewhat vain and losing to her aging, she takes it upon herself to receive transfusions from Barnabas (under the guise of trying to cure him). She is often drunk or taking pills, Barnabas woos her into having a crush on him, often taking advantage of his naive nature without regarding the possible consequence of betraying him.
- Eva Green as Angelique Bouchard, a vengeful witch who plots a vendetta against Barnabas and his family. She wears a constantly false smile that resembles a feature like a porcelain doll and like glass, her face becomes cracked when damaged, revealing a possibly hollow interior. She had spent two centuries as her own descendents, using her immortal nature to ruin the Collins family name and give herself more power. She is loved by everybody (outside the Collins family of course).
- Jackie Earle Haley as Willie Loomis, the manor's caretaker. Barnabas' servant through hypnosis he retains his own mindset, but follows his master's will instantly, he is one of two caretakers at Collinswood, a house that requires a staff of 100 (As well as Mrs. Johnson, but "She's about as useful as a bucket without a bottom." according to him.)
- Jonny Lee Miller as Roger Collins, Elizabeth's "ne'er-do-well[disambiguation needed]" brother. Larcenous and greedy, Roger often takes advantage of what he can through theft, trickery or bribery. When Barnabas catches him snooping around for the secret vault, he offers him a choice; to stay at Collinwood to be an exemplary father to his son David, or leave with the money to live on. The selfish man chooses the latter, hurting David at his departure.
- Bella Heathcote as Victoria Winters, David's governess and Barnabas' love interest. Heathcote also plays the role of Josette du Pres. Victoria and Maggie Evans' roles, separate in the series, were combined in the film, with Maggie choosing to adopt the name of Victoria (or "Vicky" for short) after seeing a poster for winter sports in Victoria, British Columbia while on the train to Collinsport. Prim and proper, though Carolyn suspects it is all just an act, she was sent to a mental hospital as a child for possessing the ability to see and speak to ghosts to the concern of her parents, only to escape and find refuge with the Collins family. She is from New York and has a very kind nature, she is mutually attracted to Barnabas, but recoils for a time when she discovers his true nature.
- Chloë Grace Moretz as Carolyn Stoddard, Elizabeth's rebellious teenage daughter. Isolated and rebellious, her mother and family could not fathom the secret she had in store. She offers Barnabas advice on love, music and an insight to the era he had stepped into. She wants to run away to New York when she turns 16, but her mother constantly forbids it. She also turns out to be a werewolf, as she was bitten by a werewolf sent by Angelique when she was a baby.
- Gulliver McGrath as David Collins, Roger's "precocious" 10-year-old son, who can see his mother's ghost, who was killed by Angelique at sea.
- Ray Shirley as Mrs. Johnson, the manor's elderly maid.
- Christopher Lee as Silas Clarney, a "king of the fishermen who spends a lot of time in the local pub, The Blue Whale."
- Alice Cooper as himself.
- Ivan Kaye as Joshua Collins, the father of Barnabas Collins.
- Susanna Cappellaro as Naomi Collins, the mother of Barnabas Collins.
- William Hope as Sheriff Bill of Collinsport
- Hannah Murray as Hippie Chick
- Guy Flanagan as Bearded Hippie
At the San Diego Comic-Con 2011, it was also confirmed that four actors from the original series appear in the film. In June 2011, Jonathan Frid, Lara Parker, David Selby and Kathryn Leigh Scott all spent three days at Pinewood Studios to film cameo appearances. They all appeared as party guests during a ball held at Collinswood Manor. Frid died in April 2012, making this his final film appearance.
In July 2007, Warner Bros. acquired film rights for the gothic soap opera Dark Shadows from the estate of its creator Dan Curtis. Johnny Depp had a childhood obsession with Dark Shadows, calling it a "dream" to portray Barnabas Collins, and ended up persuading Burton to direct. The project's development was delayed by the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike. After the strike was resolved, Tim Burton was attached to direct the film. By 2009, screenwriter John August was writing a screenplay for Dark Shadows. In 2010, author and screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith replaced August in writing the screenplay. August did, however, receive story credit with Smith for his contribution to the film. Filming began in May 2011. It was filmed entirely in England, at both Pinewood Studios and on location. Depp attempted to emulate the "rigidity" and "elegance" of Jonathan Frid's original Barnabas Collins, but also drew inspiration from Max Schreck's performance in Nosferatu.
Additional crew members and Burton regulars are production designer Rick Heinrichs, costume designer Colleen Atwood, editor Chris Lebenzon and composer Danny Elfman. French cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel — known for his work in Amélie, A Very Long Engagement and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince — worked on the project.
|Dark Shadows: Original Score|
|Film score by Danny Elfman|
|Released||May 8, 2012|
|Dark Shadows music chronology|
|Dark Shadows: Original Score|
|1.||"Dark Shadows Prologue" (Uncut)||7:52|
|3.||"Vicki Enters Collinwood"||1:21|
|6.||"Is It Her?"||0:43|
|7.||"Barnabas Comes Home"||4:18|
|10.||"Killing Dr. Hoffman"||1:14|
|11.||"Dumping the Body"||0:58|
|13.||"Burn Baby Burn / In-Tombed"||2:49|
|15.||"The Angry Mob"||4:40|
|16.||"House of Blood"||3:38|
|18.||"Widows' Hill (Finale)"||3:47|
|19.||"The End?" (Uncut)||2:42|
|20.||"More the End?"||1:55|
|21.||"We Will End You!"||1:09|
|Dark Shadows: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack|
|Soundtrack album by Various artists|
|Released||May 8, 2012|
|Genre||Progressive rock, psychedelic rock, hard rock, pop, R&B, orchestral|
|Label||WaterTower Music, Sony Music|
|Producer||Various, Tim Burton|
|Dark Shadows music chronology|
The soundtrack features a score of several contemporaneous 1970s rock and pop songs, along with others from later and slightly earlier, including "Nights in White Satin" by The Moody Blues, "Top of the World" by The Carpenters, "You're the First, the Last, My Everything" by Barry White, "I'm Sick of You" by Iggy Pop, "Season of the Witch" by Donovan, "Get It On" by T. Rex and "Paranoid" by Black Sabbath. Alice Cooper, who makes a cameo in the film, sings "No More Mr. Nice Guy" and "Ballad of Dwight Fry". A cover of the Raspberries' song "Go All the Way" by The Killers also plays over the end credits. The soundtrack, featuring 11 songs (including two score pieces by Danny Elfman, and Depp's recitation as Barnabas of several lines from "The Joker" by the Steve Miller Band) was released on May 8 as a download, and on various dates as a CD, including on May 22 as an import in the United States, and on May 25, 2012 in Australia. Songs not featured on the soundtrack that are in the film include "Superfly" by Curtis Mayfield, and "Crocodile Rock" by Elton John.
- Included next to each track is the year of the song's original release, excluding the score pieces.
|Dark Shadows: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack|
|1.||"Nights in White Satin" (1967)||The Moody Blues||4:26|
|2.||"Dark Shadows – Prologue"||Danny Elfman||3:56|
|3.||"I'm Sick of You" (1972/1973)||Iggy Pop||6:52|
|4.||"Season of the Witch" (1966)||Donovan||4:56|
|5.||"Top of the World" (1972)||The Carpenters||3:01|
|6.||"You're the First, the Last, My Everything" (1974)||Barry White||4:35|
|7.||"Bang a Gong (Get It On)" (1971)||T. Rex||4:26|
|8.||"No More Mr. Nice Guy" (1972/1973)||Alice Cooper||3:08|
|9.||"Ballad of Dwight Fry" (1971)||Alice Cooper||6:36|
|10.||"The End?"||Danny Elfman||2:30|
|11.||"The Joker" (original song from 1973)||Johnny Depp||0:17|
The film grossed $79,727,159 in the United States and Canada, along with $165.8 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $245.5 million. For a Burton film, Dark Shadows achieved below-average domestic box office takings with many commentators pointing to the domination of The Avengers as the reason why. However, the film was popular overseas. The film came second to The Avengers in most countries in regard to opening box office takings.
Dark Shadows has received mixed to negative reviews from film critics, with a "rotten" percentage of 38% and an average rating of 5.3/10 on the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 221 reviews. The sites consensus reads: "The visuals are top notch but Tim Burton never finds a consistent rhythm, mixing campy jokes and gothic spookiness with less success than other Johnny Depp collaborations." Metacritic gives the film a score of 55% based on 42 reviews.
Some critics felt that the film lacked a focused or consistent plot or genre (as either horror, comedy or drama; with several also questioning whether it intended to reflect the feel of the soap opera or not), pointing to Grahame-Smith's script; and that its jokes fell flat. Some further claimed that Tim Burton and Johnny Depp's collaborations have become tired, and that Depp overacted in the film. Many of the same, and other reviewers, however, noted its visual style was impressive.
Positive reviewers, on the other hand, opined that the film did successfully translate the mood of the soap opera, also acclaiming the actors—most notably Depp as Barnabas, who several said was the stand-out character due to his humorous culture shock, as well as Pfeiffer—and their characters; and further, that the film's '70s culture pastiche worked to its advantage.
Roger Ebert said, "[The film] offers wonderful things, but they aren't what's important. It's as if Burton directed at arm's length, unwilling to find juice in the story." Ebert later noted that "Much of the amusement comes from Depp's reactions to 1970s pop culture," eventually concluding that the film "begins with great promise, but then the energy drains out," giving it two and a half stars out of four. Manohla Dargis, writing for The New York Times, said that it "isn't among Mr. Burton's most richly realized works, but it's very enjoyable, visually sumptuous and, despite its lugubrious source material and a sporadic tremor of violence, surprisingly effervescent," and opined in a mostly positive review that Burton's "gift for deviant beauty and laughter has its own liberating power."
Rolling Stone's Peter Travers gave the film a mixed two and a half stars, claiming, "After a fierce and funny start, Dark Shadows simply spins its wheels," and adding that "the pleasures of Dark Shadows are frustratingly hit-and-miss. In the end, it all collapses into a spectacularly gorgeous heap." In The Washington Post, Ann Hornaday dismissed the film, awarding it just one and a half stars, explaining that "Burton's mash-up of post-'60s kitsch and modern-day knowingness strikes a chord that is less self-aware than fatally self-satisfied. Dark Shadows doesn't know where it wants to dwell: in the eerie, subversive penumbra suggested by its title or in playful, go-for-broke camp."
Richard Corliss in Time pointed out that "[Burton]'s affection is evident, and his homage sometimes acute," and reasoned: "All right, so Burton has made less a revival of the old show than a hit-or-miss parody pageant," but praised the star power of the film, relenting that "attention must be paid to movie allure, in a star like Depp and his current harem. Angelique may be the only satanist among the women here, but they're all bewitching." Peter Bradshaw, in the British newspaper The Guardian, weighed the film in a mixed write-up, giving it three stars out of five, and pointing out his feeling that "the Gothy, jokey 'darkness' of Burton's style is now beginning to look very familiar; he has built his brand to perfection in the film marketplace, and it is smarter and more distinctive than a lot of what is on offer at the multiplex, but there are no surprises. There are shadows, but they conceal nothing."
|Young Artist Award||Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young Actor||Gulliver McGrath||Nominated|||
|Kid's Choice Award||Favorite Movie Actor||Johnny Depp||Won|
Dark Shadows was released on both Blu-ray and DVD in the United States on October 2, 2012, the date confirmed by the official Dark Shadows Facebook page, and the official Dark Shadows web site. The film was released on both formats several days earlier in Australia; in stores on September 24, and online on September 26, 2012. The film was released on October 15, 2012 in the UK.
The DVD includes just one featurette, "The Collinses: Every Family Has Its Demons", while the Blu-ray contains a total of nine short featurettes and six deleted scenes. Several worldwide releases of both the DVD and Blu-ray contain an UltraViolet digital copy of the film.
On December 7, 2011, Michelle Pfeiffer told MTV that she is hoping sequels will be made for the film. On May 8, 2012, Variety reported that Warner Bros. may want to turn Dark Shadows into a movie franchise. On the same day, Collider.com mentioned that the ending lends itself to a possible sequel. When Tim Burton was asked if he thought that this could be a possible start to a franchise, he replied, "No. Because of the nature of it being like a soap opera, that was the structure. It wasn't a conscious decision. First of all, it's a bit presumptuous to think that. If something works out, that's one thing, but you can't ever predict that. [The ending] had more to do with the soap opera structure of it."
There have been two other feature films based on the soap opera Dark Shadows:
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