Imagine my disappointment when I watched the recently released trailer for "Dark Shadows". The original television show was a gothic soap opera; the movie appears to be campy and sophmoric. Not to mention that Depp's Barnabas Collins looks like a cross between Sweeney Todd and Edward Scissorhands - which are both also Tim Burton movies.
The movie will be released on May 11, 2012. The movie's storyline has Barnabas and his parents arriving in America from England in the year 1752. They are hoping to escape their family curse. Twenty years later, Barnabas is a rich bachelor in Collinsport, Maine, where he unwittingly breaks the heart of the witch Angelique. Angelique casts a spell upon Barnabas, turning him into a vampire and burying him alive. Two hundred years later, in 1972, Barnabas is released from his fate, and finds the world to be a much different place than it was when he was first cursed.
"Dark Shadows" also stars Michelle Pfeiffer, Eva Green and Helena Bonham-Carter. With Depp and Bonham-Carter as stars and Burton as the director, I would have expected more from "Dark Shadows". I will probably still see the movie, but I won't be anticipating much. Hopefully, I'll be wrong.