By MARY STOVER
Dark Shadows is a 2012 American horror comedy directed by Tim Burton and based on the 1960s and 1970s ABC gothic soap opera of the same name. The film stars Johnny Depp, Eva Green, Michelle Pfeiffer and Helena Bonham Carter.
Depp plays Barnabas Collins, a 200-year-old vampire, who had been imprisoned in a coffin. Collins eventually is unearthed and makes his way back to his mansion, which is inhabited by his dysfunctional family.
Collins also discovers that his jealous ex-lover, Angelique Bouchard, played by Eva Green, has taken over the town’s fishing business that was once dominated by the Collins family.
Pfeiffer stars as Collins’ cousin, Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, the reclusive matriarch of the family.
Burton has directed yet another outstanding film. Burton also used actors who have appeared in his movies before, such as Depp and Bonham Carter.
The plot is inventive. It does not seem like a soap opera at all but a comical horror film set in the 1970s, when everyone was talking about war and free love.
The movie flows from scene to scene. It never wavers from the original plot, but there are some peak surprises. It leaves you on the edge of your seat wanting more.
The costume choices fit the style and tie the whole film together, except for Barnabas, who wears a gothic vampire suit from two centuries ago.
The music for the film features several different genres that were 1970s rock and pop songs. The music helps you understand the film and sets the mood for each scene.
The film is comical and intriguing, and I am going to give this movie five stars. I will purchase this movie and watch it again, because it is worth viewing more than once.