Dark Shadows

Rated PG-13 112 minutes 2012

America’s first and foremost soap-opera vampire, Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp at his fruitiest), wakes up in 1972 and has to contend with something even stronger than the curse of the undead: women’s lib. Before Tim Burton’s gleeful horror comedy hits its gothic brick wall in the final reel, he and the cast have an ungodly amount of fun playing old-fashioned squire Barnabas against an array of uppity, unsatisfied females. Chief among them is Eva Green as witch Angelique, vengeful victim of Barnabas’ unrequited love – but there’s also the family matriarch (Michelle Pfeiffer), a randy shrink (Helena Bonham Carter), the virginal nanny (Bella Heathcote), and Chloë Grace Moretz as the vamp’s unimpressed teenage descendant. Director Burton and his visual crew – DP Bruno Delbonnel, production designer Rick Heinrichs, et al. – outdo themselves in the grotty tchotchkes-and-mist dept., and Seth Grahame-Smith’s screenplay (from a story he wrote with John August, adapted from the TV series by Dan Curtis) is ripe with witty situations. Burton’s best since Ed Wood. Also with Jackie Earle Haley as Willie the caretaker, and Christopher Lee, perfect as a gnarled old sea captain. (113 min.)

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Official Site: darkshadowsmovie.warnerbros.com/index.html

Director: Tim Burton

Producer: Tim Burton, Richard Zanuck, Graham King, Johnny Depp, Christi Dembrowski, David Kennedy, Chris Lebenzon, Nigel Gostelow, Tim Headington and Bruce Berman

Cast: Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Jackie Haley, Jonny Miller, Bella Heathcote, Chloe Moretz, Gulliver McGrath, Ray Shirley, Christopher Lee, Alice Cooper, Ivan Kaye, Susanna Capellaro and Josephine Butler

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