Dark Shadows

Dark Shadows

Tim Burton (2012)

12A Certificate


Our Score
Director Tim Burton layers on the signature quirkiness in this mannered gothic romantic farce, which is based on the 1960s supernatural soap opera. In his eighth Burton collaboration, Johnny Depp plays vampire Barnabas Collins, who returns to his Maine stately pile in 1972 after two centuries of love-struck, witch-enforced hibernation and sets about restoring his family's fortunes. The actors certainly throw themselves into the nonsense, and Burton's style is a visual treat, but in trying to capture the cult TV show's blend of eccentric comedy and full-blooded melodrama, the film's sense of madcap fun is often left high and dry. The parade of cultural references, from the Carpenters to lava lamps, also provides amusement, though the wild sex scene choreographed to Barry White is far too broad, and the action finale ridiculously overblown.


An 18th-century nobleman enrages a witch, who turns him into a vampire and buries him alive. Finally released from his tomb in the 1970s, he sets about restoring the fortunes of his dysfunctional descendants - but the sorceress he angered 200 years earlier has not yet finished with him. Tim Burton's fantasy comedy, with Johnny Depp, Eva Green, Michelle Pfeiffer and Helena Bonham Carter.

Cast & Crew

Barnabas Collins Johnny Depp
Angelique Bouchard Eva Green
Elizabeth Collins Stoddard Michelle Pfeiffer
Dr Julia Hoffman Helena Bonham Carter
Carolyn Stoddard Chloë Grace Moretz
Roger Collins Jonny Lee Miller
Willie Loomis Jackie Earle Haley
Young Barnabas Collins Thomas McDonell
Victoria Winters / Josette DuPres Bella Heathcote
David Collins Gulliver McGrath
Clarney Christopher Lee
Alice Cooper Alice Cooper
Party guest Jonathan Frid
Party guest David Selby
Boardroom member Shane Rimmer
Director Tim Burton
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosGuidance: Contains violence, drug abuse and some swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 11 May 2012
Comedy Drama