Well, I can't really give my opinion on the movie version since I haven't seen it yet. But the original TV series seemed more dark and a drama than what I have seen of the movie version from trailers. I know my mom loved the TV series version since she made all of us kids watch it when it used to come on the TV, lol. And my brother said he also got hooked on the TV series as well. But Johnny Depp in an interview said all of the movies that he makes, he makes so that his children can go watch them, kid friendly. So this is why they appear to be comedies or not so dark. Like a continuous joke running throughout the movie.
I guess if a movie has Johnny Depp in it, you should assume that it's going to have a humorous take or a light hearted feel to it.
I saw the movie earlier this year. I thought it was silly. I have never watched the series but I cannot imagine it being as lame as the movie. A friend had downloaded the movie, so I watched it for free at his house, but if I had paid for a movie ticket, I probably would have been feeling cheated after watching that movie. I like Johnny Depp, but not in this role.
Although I wasn't born when Dark Shadows was on TV, I began watching the reruns when I was a child and I became completely addicted. I couldn't wait until the next day to see what happened next. Then when it became available on VHS, I ordered the tapes, then I ordered the DVDs and I have the entire series on DVD.
In 2007, right after the old group that we had on Yahoo started, the one called Mysteries Unsolved, four of us, Lee, Catherine, Kate and I, decided to go to the Dark Shadows festival in Tarrytown, NY that summer even though none of us had ever even met each other and we met Julia at the festival and the five of us have been taking a "Dark Shadows Trip" every year since then. At the 2007 festival, we were all dressed in black, like the DS ladies did when they attended a funeral, and we went for dinner at Equus Restaurant at the Castle at Tarrytown, which is an old Hudson River mansion that has been turned into a hotel and restaurant, and everyone mistook us for members of the Brooke Astor funeral party because she had been buried at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, which is very near Tarrytown, that day and the manager of the hotel showed us around the hotel, which is supposed to be haunted. Every year since, we've first gone to the festival, which is usually on the east coast in odd years and the west coast in even years, but last year, because of Jonathan Frid's death in April, it was held in Tarrytown again. We first go to the festival and then we go to Maine and spend a week at Bar Harbor or some other place on the coast of Maine. We dress and act like the women on DS did in the late 1960s episodes and we stay in character for the entire trip. Julia lives in Maine, so we leave a lot of our DS outfits at her house during the year so that we don't have to carry a lot of luggage. This year, there wasn't a DS festival in the summer, instead, there's going to be a Caribbean cruise in October, but we didn't think that cruising in the Caribbean was much of a DS activity, so we're going to spend the last two weeks of October in St. Augustine, where Lee lives, and another week at the Jekyll Island Club in Georgia and combine Dark Shadows and Halloween!
The Dark Shadows movie was an insult. Tim Burton said that it wasn't supposed to be a comedy, but it certainly wasn't serious and if it was supposed to be a comedy, it missed the point because there was nothing funny about it. Johnny Depp looked and acted more like Michael Jackson than Barnabas Collins. I've never liked anything that Tim Burton and Johnny Depp did and before they ever made the movie, a lot of us in the group said that they would mess things up and they did.
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Those of us who came over from the old group have been hearing this story for six years. The bottom line is that these necrophiles were dressed and acting so weirdly that it attracted the attention of the hotel manager. Vampires are dead and people attracted to vampires are attracted to dead things, hence, necrophiles!
I hated the movie. Before it was made, Johnny Depp was talking about how he had always wanted to play Barnabas and Tim Burton was also a Dark Shadows fan, at least he said that he was, so how could they have done what they did to a show that has become a cult classic?
I'm looking forward to our Dark Shadows trip next month. I've never been to Jekyll Island, but I've been reading about it and we'll be staying in an old haunted hotel from the Gilded Age. I can't wait!
At some date in the distant future, someone will make a list of the worst movies ever made and Burton and Depp's "Dark Shadows" will be in the top 10! Those who came over from the old group will recall that even before this film was ever made, I said that Depp would "gay it up," just like he does every movie he makes. The guy isn't even a good actor. A good actor assumes the persona of the role he is playing. Depp does just the opposite, he turns every role he plays into Johnny Depp.
Depp even managed to "gay up" his role as John Dillinger in "Public Enemies." I know we have some fans of Jay Robert Nash in the group and here's what Mr. Nash had to say about Depp's playing Dillinger:
"Johnny Depp as John Dillinger? What a joke. The producers of that film would have been better served if Moe Howard were still alive and had been cast in that role – he would have been far more entertaining!"
For those of you who are unfamiliar with "Moe Howard," he was one of the "Three Stooges!"
In the Frank Langella movie, after Mina was turned into a vampire, she came up behind someone and he saw her reflection in the water and I remember thinking that they had made a big mistake because vampires don't have reflections.
Back in 2008, the Maine Office of Tourism tried to get the Dark Shadows Festival to hold the 2010 event in Maine. But the people in charge felt that Maine was too remote and because the air fare to and from Maine was so high, that a lot of people would be forced to fly into New York or Boston and then rent a car and drive to Maine. Although we pointed out that the stars and fans would enjoy the drive and seeing where Dark Shadows was set, and a hotel was willing to give a 50% discount on rooms, it fell on deaf ears. Apparently, the festival has some sort of agreement with Marriott, although from what the people in our group who go to the festival say, it has been held at a Hilton in Tarrytown at least a few times.
The first time that we went to Tarrytown, which was our first DS Festival, we stayed at the Marriott. Last year, when it was in Tarrytown again, we were at the Hilton Double Tree, which is a lot nicer than the Marriott. It's probably true that some would be put off by the high cost of getting to Maine, but it looks to me like it could be made up by the special rates from the hotel. I think that when we go to next year's Festival, we should talk to the organizers about having it in Maine. I think that everyone would enjoy going to Maine instead of New York or California, or worse, New Jersey. It was in Elizabeth, NJ in 2009 at a hotel near the Newark airport.
I have to agree with Jason. Dark Shadows was one of the most awful movies I've ever seen. It was also unrealistic and I had to keep reminding myself that I wasn't watching Michael Jackson. We all know that there's no such thing as vampires, but what we do know about the fictional vampire is that they don't have any blood circulating in their bodies and without blood, a male vampire couldn't get an erection, so how did Helena Bonham Carter do her little "act" on Johnny Depp? That scene was revolting and none of the jokes were funny.