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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.

Tim Burton: Halloween Forever pt 2

Can’t fit everything into just one article when it comes to Tim Burton and Halloween. He’s like the Godfather of Halloween fantasy. He puts his signature twist in every movie. Many of his stories have a misunderstood outcast as the main character. There is usually a strange mechnical assembly line sequence, clowns, stitched/dead people or animals, and an absent or cruel father figure.

I’ve taken you through the best of Tim Burton (Beetle Juice, Batman, Nightmare Before Christmas, and Edward Scissorhands) Now I will take you through the rest…

The Corpse Bride (2005) is an animated romantic fantasy reminiscent of the Jack and Sally relationship on the Nightmare Before Christmas. When the groom practices wedding vows over the grave of a dead woman, she rises and assumes he is to marry her. You too can be the Bride from Hell.

 

Sweeney Todd Deluxe Adult Costume

Mrs Lovett Adult Costume

 

Sweeney Todd (2007)

Based on a Broadway musical, this is a story of a disturbed barber who will stop at nothing to get his daughter back from the sinister Judge of the town. He sets up shop with meat pie maker Mrs. Lovett. His kills go into her pies and together they make one disturbed, yet very successful couple.

 

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Alice in Wonderland (2010)

Everyone knows the story of Alice in Wonderland. Tim Burton’s twist on the familiar fairy tale takes you on a teenage Alice’s journey back to Wonderland.

Take some of these ideas and think about your most killer costume this year. Remember: groups and couples make a huge impact. Dress like the twisted cast from Alice in Wonderland, or go out at Lydia and Beetle Juice. Carry meat pies through the town on Halloween as Sweeney and Mrs. Lovett.
The possibilities go on and on. Add your own personal twist to the Tim Burton classic. The countdown is officially on, so get to it!

Tim Burton. King of Halloween. (pt 1.)

Tim Burton. His style and art are so unique and deliciously twisted. He has created some beautiful dark characters that have become classic to Halloween.

So why not put yourself in a Burton movie dreamland. Play some Danny Elfman compositions while you get ready and your night will turn into magic.

Lets go back to the beginning:

Beetlejuice Deluxe Adult Costume

BeetleJuice (1988)

He’s the ghost with the most. Why should you be him for Halloween? Well, just ask him what his qualifications are: “Ah. Well… I attended Juilliard… I’m a graduate of the Harvard business school. I travel quite extensively. I lived through the Black Plague and had a pretty good time during that. I’ve seen the EXORCIST ABOUT A HUNDRED AND SIXTY-SEVEN TIMES, AND IT KEEPS GETTING FUNNIER EVERY SINGLE TIME I SEE IT… NOT TO MENTION THE FACT THAT YOU’RE TALKING TO A DEAD GUY… NOW WHAT DO YOU THINK? You think I’m qualified?”-Beetle Juice


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BATMAN (1989)

By far this is the best Batman ever created. Who can argue with a Jack Nicholson Joker? Follow up a couple years later with a latex clad whip crackin’ Michelle Pfieffer and you have a recipe for success. Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight? Then Batman is your choice this Halloween. If you are going to do Batman, do it right. This costume is the only way to go.

Edward Scissorhands Costume

Edward Scissorhands (1990)

I can’t speak highly enough of this movie. The character of Edward has been present in Burton’s early works in one way or another. He finally got to make his dream real with Johnny Depp bringing the character to life. Edward is a sweet and gentle yet misunderstood “monster”. This is a love story full of artistic and symbolic fantasy.

The Nightmare Before Christmas Jack Skellington Costume

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Kidnap the Sandy Claws, beat him with a stick! Lock him up for twenty years, see what makes him tick! Jack Skellington and Sally, another love story. The imagery in this movie is really intense. It’s like looking into the mind of Tim Burton and seeing what he sees. If only I could live in his head for a day!

…oh wait… I live in his head everyday.

Bring yourself into the wonderful twisted world of Tim Burton this Halloween. Stand apart from the vampire and pirates. Just remember if you do it, DO IT. Don’t go cheap, go quality. You are representing a dark genius. Don’t make me go Beetle Juice on your ass!

Your Halloween Harlot, Miss Cara Maria