Entertainment Weekly | January 20, 2012
MOVIES | 2012 PREVIEW
MAY 11 | Dark Shadows
When he was a boy, Johnny Depp remembers, he’d race home from school to catch episodes of the 1966-71 gothic soap opera Dark Shadows, about a centuries-old vampire grappling with life in the modern world. “Even then, at that age, I knew–this has got to be weird,” Depp says.
Tim Burton’s big-screen adaption is set in 1972. Depp plays the vampire Barnabas, who is exhumed from his 200-years-old grave and finds himself reuniting with his human descendants. Michelle Pfeiffer, Jonny Lee Miller, and Chloe Grace Moretx costar as members of his Me Decade family, while Helena Bonham Carter turns up as a bizarre psychiatrist. “This eccentric family has all the same problems other families have, but they are exorbitantly wealthy and have a vampire living with them,” says screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith (author of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter). “Like soap operas do, we take all the classic dysfunctions and problems and blow them into the stratosphere.” — ANTHONY BREZNICAN