Tim Burton and Johnny Depp have joined forces once again to bring another strange story to the masses, this time with the gothic world of ‘Dark Shadows’. Burton is back to his best with this movie, where his imagination has had room to run free, with Depp providing another very unique character for audiences to sink their teeth into.
Johnny Depp plays the character Barnabas Collins, a vampire who was sent into a deep sleep in the 1700s. He awakes to the much more modern 1972, and he decides on returning to the Collins Estate in New England which is where the main story begins.
The movie has been inspired from the show with the same name, and the Depp’s character was originally played by Jonathan Frid. With the movie just about to be released, those who were inspired by the story would be sad to hear that that the Frid passed away at the age of 87. He played a cameo in the movie which is set to hit theatres this month.
Johnny Depp admitted that Frid was the reason he would run home from school so that he could watch ‘Dark Shadows’. The story and the movie fit perfectly in the Depp-Burton formula, which has proven to be hugely successful.
Dark Shadows will include an all-star cast, including Michelle Pfieffer and Eva Green, while not forgetting the other Burton regular Helena Bonham Carter. It has been revealed that Pfieffer begged for the role in the movie, as the show was one of her favourites too. She got the part after making a phone call to Burton, the man behind movies like Sweeney Todd, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Batman Returns.
The movie had a budget of $105 million, and if Burton’s history is anything to go by then it will surely make a huge return. In 2007, when Sweeney Todd was released, it was made with a small budget of $50 million, but it returned $152,523,164 in the box office.
Billion dollars worldwide
As a director, Tim Burton has become one of the most successful in his generation, with movies such as Beetlejuice, Ed Wood and Pee-wee’s Big Adventure all becoming cult hits. His remake of Alice in Wonderland was one of the highest-grossing movies of 2010, and it is the tenth-highest grossing movie of all time after making more than $1 billion worldwide.
It is already clear that fans of dark and quirky stories will enjoy Dark Shadows, and it may even reignite interest in the show which can still hold its own in today’s TV.