New Dark Shadows Photos

Empire has premiered three photos from Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows, one a larger, better version of the “family portrait” that Entertainment Weekly released last week, and the other two shots from the set of the long-awaited adaptation of the 1970s gothic soap opera.

I hadn’t realized until this morning just how terrific the cast photo is, aged and colorized, like a publicity still from an old Hammer film. The set shots are revealing, too, giving us our first official close-up of Johnny Depp in his ethereal Barnabas Collins makeup, and another look at Jonny Lee Miller as Roger Collins, and Michelle Pfeiffer as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard.

Written by Seth Grahame-Smith, Dark Shadows also stars Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Bella Heathcoate, Chloe Moretz, Gulliver McGrath, Ray Shirley and Jackie Earle Haley. It opens May 11.

In the year 1752, Joshua and Naomi Collins, with young son Barnabas, set sail from Liverpool, England to start a new life in America. But even an ocean was not enough to escape the mysterious curse that has plagued their family. Two decades pass and Barnabas (Johnny Depp) has the world at his feet—or at least the town of Collinsport, Maine. The master of Collinwood Manor, Barnabas is rich, powerful and an inveterate playboy…until he makes the grave mistake of breaking the heart of Angelique Brouchard (Eva Green). A witch, in every sense of the word, Angelique dooms him to a fate worse than death: turning him into a vampire, and then burying him alive.

Two centuries later, Barnabas is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972. He returns to Collinwood Manor to find that his once-grand estate has fallen into ruin. The dysfunctional remnants of the Collins family have fared little better, each harboring their own dark secrets. Matriarch Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (Michelle Pfeiffer) has called upon live-in psychiatrist, Dr. Julia Hoffman (Helena Bonham Carter), to help with her family troubles.

Also residing in the manor is Elizabeth’s ne’er-do-well brother, Roger Collins (Jonny Lee Miller); her rebellious teenage daughter Carolyn Stoddard (Chloe Moretz); and Roger’s precocious 10-year-old son, David Collins (Gulliver McGrath). The mystery extends beyond the family, to caretaker Willie Loomis, played by Jackie Earle Haley, and David’s new nanny, Victoria Winters, played by Bella Heathcote.

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  • Catsmeow

    I’m excited for this. Last year I watched Dark Shadows Vol. 12 on DVD and loved it.
    Especially excited for Tim Burton and Michelle Pfeiffer’s first reunion since Batman Returns in ’92!

  • Catsmeow

    Vol. 12 features Barnabas going back in time after a photograph shows what appears to be Victoria hanging from the gallows. Quentin’s ghost haunts the children.
    Since Dark Shadows went off the air 40 years ago, I can only assume this movie is targeting a young, new audience. I wonder how a generation of us raised on Buffy, Twilight, Vampire Diaries and True Blood will embrace Dark Shadows. I bet they will play up the Burton/Depp/Pfeiffer angle and downplay the soap opera angle.
    I’m also interested in seeing how a soap opera translates into movie form…there’s just so much that happened over the course of the series.