Tim Burton's Dark Shadows

Tim Burton's Dark Shadows

Every family has its demons.

Before "Twilight" and "True Blood", there was "Dark Shadows". I loved the original television show that ran from 1966 to 1971. Imagine my excitement when I heard that Tim Burton was making a "Dark Shadows" movie. Even better was the fact that Johnny Depp was going to play vampire Barnabas Collins. After all, Johnny Depp is one of my favorite actors.

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.