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Dark Shadows Trailer Is Campy, Sexy, Disco-y and a Little Weird

Warner Bros. has premiered the first trailer for Dark Shadows, Tim Burton’s long-awaited adaptation of the 1960s gothic soap opera, and it’s … probably what you expect? The camp aspects of the original series are definitely there, but they’re accompanied by full-blown action and comedy as the director, screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith and star Johnny Depp play up the fish-out-of-water elements of vampire Barnabas Collins freed from his tomb after two centuries to come to terms with life in the early 1970s.

The film, which opens May 11, also stars Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Jackie Earle Haley, Jonny Lee Miller, Eva Green, Chloe Moretz, Bella Heathcote, Thomas McDonell and Gulliver McGrath.

Check out the poster and trailer below, or view the latter in HD at Apple.com.

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 Bouchard (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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Comments

  • mea.glitch

    [blinks]

    Um… at least he doesn’t sparkle?

  • Anonymous

    Its pretty funny.

  • A. Holland

    I’m actually not sure what I think of this…

  • Savonti

    That’s a shame, I was kinda looking forward to this. 

  • Another Ian

    cautiously optomistic…?

  • Jay

    Laughed out loud for the entire trailer. Way funny. Looking forward to this movie more than most.

  • Majikp3

    I was looking forward to this until the trailer.  I’m so disappointed it was made into a slapstick comedy movie.

  • Cwcomics

    I had no idea  that there was disco in 1972?

  • Mrsmiley01870

    Tim Burton Sucks! Painfully.