Dark Shadows: Tim Burton and Johnny Depp

If you were alive during the 1960s, you may remember a day-time Gothic soap opera named Dark Shadows. The show featured werewolves, zombies, ghosts, witches, time travel, parallel universes, warlocks, man-made monsters, and all sorts of other supernatural Halloween costumes. Although the show originally aired in 1966, it did not attract true mainstream attention until one year later, when vampire Barnabas Collins joined the cast of characters.

Due to the shows day-time schedule, the show amassed more episodes (1,225) in its five-year lifespan than most other science-fiction/fantasy genre television shows, including Doctor Who and the entire Star Trek franchise. In 2007, Dark Shadows ranked #23 on TV Guides Top Cult Shows Ever list.

Dark Shadows Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp starring as Barnabas Collins.

Now, nearly fifty years later, the series is set to see a silver-screen revival, with Tim Burton and Johnny Depp leading the theatrical project. This is another of many films Burton and Depp have worked on together, previously including: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Corpse Bride (2005), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007),and Alice in Wonderland (2010).

The Dark Shadows cinematic release is scheduled for May 11, 2012 so only just around the corner. Not much is known about the actual plotline of the film, other than the general plot synopsisA gothic-horror tale centering on the life of vampire Barnabas Collins and his run-ins with various monsters, witches, werewolves and ghosts. Based on the cult TV series.

Dark Shadows Johnny Depp

And, of course, Depp has again taken to visually transforming himself for the role of a character. We saw him become madness and mayhem as the Mad Hatter, eccentricity and genius as Willy Wonka, and horror and despair as Sweeny Todd. Now Depp brings us the sophisticated elegance of a Victorian vampire, as Barnabas Collins.

But Depps thrill of becoming a character goes further than merely playing dress-up. In fact, Colleen Atwood, the woman behind Depps Barnabas Collins costume, says, [Depp] has it in contract that he gets to keep all his costumes.Each and every costume Johnny Depp has ever worn for a film is archived in his Santa Monica showroom.

Dark Shadows cast.

The cast.

Will the silver-screen adaptation of Dark Shadows attract the same cult status as the original series? Come May 11, 2012, we’ll find out.

6 thoughts on “Dark Shadows: Tim Burton and Johnny Depp

  1. Angela DePriest

    I am looking forward to this movie very much. I watched Dr. Shadows after school every day in 1967 the year I graduated from High School. I like Johnny Depp too and I think he will play Barnabas Collins very well. Jonathan Frid was very good in that part. Can’t wait to see it.

  2. AJ Madrigal

    i like the show i used to watch it with my aunt at times .. Can’t wait for the movie to come out ..

  3. Doreen Goheen

    Me and my sister use to run home from school to watch the 15 min. show… So excited to see my favorite actor play Barnabus Collins.. Love you Johnny Depp and Tim Burton, What would we do without you in our lives

  4. cAROLYN dAVIS

    I LOVED Dark Shadows growing up in the 60’s…we watched it every afternoon after school..of course back then I had no idea it was a soap opera..just a cool show!!! I cannot wait to see Johnny Depp in this role…he is fantastic in any role he takes on!!!!

  5. corinne

    I am soo happy to see Johnny Depp play a Vampire, and he will revive Barnabas Collins into a hotter version as a Vampire should be.
    oxxoox
    Happy Vamp

  6. Rob

    I was hooked on Dark Shadows as a kid. I’ve seen a few episodes as an adult and can’t believe how corny it seems. I have very fond memories and can’t wait to see this adaptation with Johnny Depp.

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