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Dark Shadows

 

USA 2012, 108 minutes
Dir. Tim Burton
Rating: [M]
Genres: Comedy / Fantasy, Vampires

Topics: Period 1970s, Gothic, Halloween-friendly.

 

Aroview: Tim Burton directs Johnny Depp (for the eight time) in the cult role of Barnabas Collins, a 200-year-old vampire who reawakens in the 1970s to find his once proud manor overtaken by distant ancestors.

A patchwork of the director's previous films that combines his fetishism for old world Gothic and seventies kitsch, this works best as a fish-out-of-water comedy, with Johnny Depp's plummy parasite providing almost all of the highlights. Marshaling too many of the show's original characters to find a satisfying narrative, Burton inevitably proves but a shadow of his former genius.

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DVD Features

  • English subtitles for the hearing impaired
  • 'making of' documentary / featurette
  • aspect ratio: 16:9
 

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