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Over-the-top Johnny Depp returns in this new photo from DARK SHADOWS

Drew Tinnin

March 2nd, 2012

Taking visual cues from the original British series, Bela Lugosi, and Nosferatu, this new photo of Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins in Tim Burton's DARK SHADOWS reveals that the Goth-inspired duo have worked to create yet another over-the-top character for Depp to sink his teeth into. Premiering in the April issue of Vanity Fair, the full image can be seen after the break.

The update of DARK SHADOWS has taken shape and it looks like we're going to be seeing a pretty straight-forward comedy once the Warner Brothers film is released in a couple of months. Judging from this image, the creative team probably just resigned to the fact that DARK SHADOWS would play better as farce rather than dare suggest that Depp tone things down a bit. I'm only speculating, and although I'm sure Depp's performance will be quirky and memorable, I can't help being slightly offended by the direction this image suggests they are going in. Instead of paying homage to Lugosi by adding his amulet to the Barnabas costume, this comes off as parody.

Vampires have NEVER been scary, and DARK SHADOWS looks like it might put the nail in the coffin of a creature that was once romanticized and feared. Now, vampires are just silly and over-exposed.


Source Hollywood Elsewhere via Badass Digest

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  • Molly McLaughlin

    I seriously doubt it’ll be a comedy.  If you’ve EVER seen the original show, there were comedic bits of course, but it was a gothic soap opera.  I think Burton & Depp are doing this on purpose to stir us up.

    • drewtinnin

      You could be right, but Burton said himself that it turned into a comedy the more they shot. He made it sound like that wasn’t his intention when they started production. 

  • Snoogster

    I’m on the fence about how this will or won’t turn out. So far the images I’ve seen make it “look” decent. But what Tim Burton film doesn’t have a look. Deep down however I would really like this to maybe just maybe breathe life into the idea of trying to bring the show back to television or in the least drive to have a show that is similar. Enough with reality and “soft ” television. I miss the days of shows like the X-Files and Buffy.

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