Dark Shadows trailer sets Witch against camp Vampire
Is Tim Burton back to his former glory? It looks like Seth Grahame-Smith might have given he and Johnny Depp some excellent material to try and get back up there and behind it there's an excellent cast including Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Jackie Earle Haley, Jonny Lee Miller, Eva Green and Chloë Grace Moretz.
The trailer didn't grab me on first viewing but I watched it over the weekend again and I warmed to it a lot more than I thought, and while there was a little thought of a darker Austin Powers because of the setting and humour, there's plenty to attract you away from that awful thought.
The story for Dark Shadows goes something like this, here's the standard continuous flow and poorly formatted blurb from Apple Trailers:
In the year 1752, Joshua and Naomi Collins, with young son Barnabas, set sail from Liverpool, England to start a new life in America. But even an ocean was not enough to escape the mysterious curse that has plagued their family. Two decades pass and Barnabas (Johnny Depp) has the world at his feet--or at least the town of Collinsport, Maine. The master of Collinwood Manor, Barnabas is rich, powerful and an inveterate playboy...until he makes the grave mistake of breaking the heart of Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green). A witch, in every sense of the word, Angelique dooms him to a fate worse than death: turning him into a vampire, and then burying him alive. Two centuries later, Barnabas is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972. He returns to Collinwood Manor to find that his once-grand estate has fallen into ruin. The dysfunctional remnants of the Collins family have fared little better, each harboring their own dark secrets. Matriarch Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (Michelle Pfeiffer) has called upon live-in psychiatrist, Dr. Julia Hoffman (Helena Bonham Carter), to help with her family troubles. Also residing in the manor is Elizabeth's ne'er-do-well brother, Roger Collins, (Jonny Lee Miller); her rebellious teenage daughter Carolyn Stoddard (Chloe Moretz); and Roger's precocious 10-year-old son, David Collins (Gulliver McGrath). The mystery extends beyond the family, to caretaker Willie Loomis, played by Jackie Earle Haley, and David's new nanny, Victoria Winters, played by Bella Heathcote.
Get that? I'm leaving it untouched from the original format just to highlight how rubbish their blurbs are and how they really need to spend some time on formatting them correctly and getting some carriage returns in there.
Anyway, the story does sound interesting, but the thing that grabs me the most is the rivalry that is created between Eva Green's witch and Johnny Depp's vampire, this could be a good laugh for the obvious reasons of the waking in a different time plot, but it could also be something more for the rest of the story.
I'm hopeful, and it does look from the trailer that Tim Burton might be about to deliver us something new to the classic Burton vault with a lighter twist. What do you think?