How Tim Burton screwed up Dark Shadows

Have you seen the new trailer for Dark Shadows (posted below)? Is it just me or does this look like a parody of Dark Shadows instead? I was really excited that we’d get to revisit the Collins family, but after looking at this, I just groan.

I am a fan of both the old version of the series, as well as the one made in the 90’s. Those were both dark and brooding and way ahead of their time. But this … movie… that Burton is giving us? Well, at least according to the clip, it is now a cartoonish funny jab at the 1970’s. And it makes fun of all of the things that I loved about the original series.

I have to ask myself if Tim Burton is actually making fun of those of us who actually loved the horror soap opera. Is he? And should we be mad at him for doing so?

But worse of all, I still kind of want to see this. Because it looks funny. But it’s still definitely not Dark Shadows.

Not familiar with the original Dark Shadows? Go watch it on Netflix now. It’s available via instant streaming.

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4 thoughts on “How Tim Burton screwed up Dark Shadows

  • March 20, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    It looks horrible.  I saw the same full trailer and can’t believe how campy and bad it is.  I couldn’t agree with you more.  I usually hate all the comedic vampire movies… and don’t understand why vampires are suppose to be funny.. Aside from Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the TV show) which had funny episodes and I loved, every other comedy type vampire show or movie I have hated.  UGH… this looks like Alice in Wonderland/Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory with Fangs.  This will be one that I will most likely sit out on.

    • March 20, 2012 at 3:01 pm

      I don’t understand why he would make the decision to do Dark Shadows as campy? The original really wasn’t, even considering the time period it was filmed! And Johnny Depp – he’s seriously needing some new roles. Ones that aren’t like all the others he’s recently played.

  • March 20, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    When the trailer first came out my whole world halted, I was absorbed in the excitement.  And then slowly, I settled into a disappointed slump.  Come on Burton, what happened to the dreary macabre?  Hold the corn ball comedy from my dark and dreary please.  I will watch it I am sure, but it will be on DVD with great disappointment I am sure.

    • March 20, 2012 at 3:02 pm

      This movie could have been so cool as a gothic thriller. I’m really surprised Tim Burton decided to go with comedy instead. I mean, yeah, I giggled a little during the trailer, but that doesn’t make it Dark Shadows. Maybe someone will get the idea to remake the t.v. series – it would do well with all the resurgence in horror right now.

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