Movies directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp are numerous and varied. The latest collaboration is a film version of Dark Shadows. For the uninitiated, Dark Shadows was a soap opera that ran from 1966 to 1971 and featured vampires, ghosts, werewolves, zombies, witches and all manner of supernatural elements, plus a dysfunctional family caught up in everything. Burton and Depp were hardcore fans, and here is the first taste of their labor of love.
Though the series was known for it’s melodramatic and Gothic tone, the movie version, much to the ire of some hardcore fans, goes for more of a humorous and playful tone. What do you think? Is this typical Burton humor? Are they trying to reach a broader audience? Would you go and see it?
May 11th, we’ll see if the balance between humor and Gothic pays off. Until then, fight on Barnabas Collins! Fight on!