Watch the first trailer for Dark Shadows online now

There's a new poster as well

Dark Shadows, the latest gothic oddity to be plucked from Tim Burton’s overactive imagination, has released a first official trailer. And from the looks of it, it could well be his best work in years.

Adapted from the cult TV show of the same name, the film sees Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp) transformed into a vampire and buried alive by a jealous witch (Eva Green), before escaping his earthy tomb some 200 years later, and returning to his family home to meet the ancestors.

Anyone expecting one of Burton’s gloomier fables will be surprised however, because it’s at this point that the tone takes a dramatic swing for the comedic. “Here me future-dweller,” barks Depp at a terrified looking Jackie Earle Haley, “What is the year?” “1972” comes the reply as Superfly kicks in.

Take a look at the new trailer below…

It all looks very promising to us, with Depp making the most of the fish-out-of-water funnies (“Reveal yourself tiny songstress”) and Eva Green vamping the place up as the sexiest witch to grace the big screen in many a year.

Throw in a brilliant supporting cast including the likes of Michelle Pfeiffer, Chloe Moretz, Johnny Lee Miller and Helena Bonham Carter and the sense that we’re in for a treat grows even stronger. Dark Shadows opens in the UK on 11 May 2012.

Will this be another Burton classic or a comedic misfire? Tell us, below.


    • Jeffbiscuits

      Mar 16th 2012, 9:45

      I was intrigued by this from reading about it. Never befor has a trailer put me off wanting to see a movie so much. It looks utter BS apart from Eva Green being sexy.

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    • MxMagpie

      Mar 16th 2012, 10:06

      Come on! This looks like so much fun!!! Definitely a more interesting trailer than... oh I don't know, "We bought a Zoo" or some c**p. Light-hearted gothicish fun from Tim Burton! Why not!?

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    • Jeffbiscuits

      Mar 16th 2012, 10:22

      Light-hearted gothicish fun from Tim Burton and Johnny Depp could be a description of Chocolate Factory and Alice in Wonderland. I don't really want to be subjected to that again. Frankenweenie could be alright though.

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    • Jeffbiscuits

      Mar 16th 2012, 10:38

      @TheKingofCinema It looks terrible. Did you say the same thing when you saw the trailer for Alice in Wonderland? Go on, give them one more chance and forget the utter drivel they've forced on us over the last few years.

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    • DavidWatts

      Mar 16th 2012, 10:41

      I gotta say, this looks bloody awful!

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    • Peachy556

      Mar 16th 2012, 10:55

      I think this looks alright. At least Tim Burton's realised his career is laughable

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    • MoodyMonkey

      Mar 16th 2012, 13:50

      Depp and Burton just indulge each other too much. Edward Scissorhands and Ed Wood just feel like a distant memory and i think they now do their best work away from each other (Depp - Rum Diary, Burton - Big Fish). I want to believe in this film but judging from the trailer im not holding out much hope.

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    • GarthMarenghi

      Mar 16th 2012, 15:08

      @Jeffbiscuits - 'Light-hearted gothic-ish fun' is not how anyone described Alice In Wonderland. Generic, stodgy and joyless were more common terms thrown around, I believe. THIS on the other hand looks f*****g hilarious. A return to Beetlejuice form, perhaps? I know I laughed an awful lot anyway. Really looking forward to it, and relieved that the long-overdue trailer was worth waiting for. Burton-haters can suck it.

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    • mingfilm

      Mar 16th 2012, 15:25

      Looks awful. Welcome to the eighties - it's wacky comedy time again!

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    • MoodyMonkey

      Mar 16th 2012, 15:44

      @Dagless fair point i suppose. its just that after Alice and Charlie i'm less inclined to give them a chance. if it is a return to Beetljuice form i will be very happy though. Still one of my favourites...

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    • Morlar

      Mar 16th 2012, 16:06

      “Here me future-dweller,” barks Depp... Here and not hear? Good job you don't write for a living Mr. Wales. Trailer looks like an Addams family rehash and totally agree with MoodyMonkey.

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    • Ali1748

      Mar 16th 2012, 21:00

      The trailer started off promising then soon took a nosedive into mediocrity.

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    • thedanieljson

      Mar 18th 2012, 20:39

      This is the funniest trailer I've seen since the one for The Three Stooges! Looks awful, when's Burton going to inject even the slightest bit of originality into his work by not using Depp and Carter? Big Fish, Mars Attacks and Beetlejuice are the only films I can think of which are (mostly) absent of them. It's all just getting a little boring.

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    • FBRYang

      Mar 19th 2012, 9:48

      The visual style and casting might be stellar but I was already put off by the MTV-esque comedy in it. Speaking of MTV, co-writer Seth Graeme-Smith used to work for them as the creator/producer of "The Hard Times of RJ Berger".

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    • Siban1982

      Mar 19th 2012, 18:38

      I think if it had the 1980s/ 90s Tim Burton directing it, the hole thing would look a lot more interesting and original. This just seems like someone trying desperately to make a Tim Burton film with hardly any money. Plus Johnny Depp is in yet another comedy role... isn't it about time we saw something that put him to the test as serious actor? Or did his attempt at crying in Public Enemies put everyone off? Hmmm...

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    • petergunns

      Mar 19th 2012, 19:29

      Sweet baby jesus and the orphans, this looks sooooo bad! and not in a good way!

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