Dark Shadows


Tim Burton's movie take on the cult gothic soap opera, starring his usual male lead Johnny Depp

Tim Burton's twist on an old US horror-soap continues his run of hit/miss reimaginings.

Plus points include Johnny Depp’s 200-year-old dandy bloodsucker and Eva Green’s femme fatale – both fun, both lush enough to eat – while the design pairs Burton’s period fetishism (Sweeney Todd) with his ’70s nostalgia.

But the cast look lost, the culture-clash gags creak, silliness stifles scares and fancy trumps feeling, rendering the result goofily watchable but toothless next to, say, True Blood’s sex-schlock soap.

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