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Dark Shadows remake?

Postby Haunt Master » Wed Jun 04, 2008 11:26 am

I heard the rumor about this one somewhere else... Johnny Depp will play as Vamp, and Tim Burton will direct. Does anyone know more than I do? I did search on IMDB - but couldn't find it. If you do know about it, please post here. Thanks! :D

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Re: Dark Shadows remake?

Postby NeverMore » Fri Mar 02, 2012 8:21 am



Johnny Depp as Barnabus.

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Re: Dark Shadows remake?

Postby Murfreesboro » Fri Mar 02, 2012 9:28 am

Hmmm. One of the original Dark Shadows fans here. To me, Jonathan Frid is forever Barnabas. I do love Johnny, but we'll see whether he can win me in this role.

At least he does look like a vampire. No Twilight foolishness going on with this one.

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Re: Dark Shadows remake?

Postby NeverMore » Fri Mar 02, 2012 5:18 pm


Has anyone here ever seen the Dark Shadows Revival Series? It's a 1991 mini-series that compresses most of the important events from the original show into 12 episodes. It's actually pretty good. It had been a while since I saw the original series and it was a nice little refresher. The music still really creeps me out.

You can currently watch the whole series on Hulu. Free.


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Re: Dark Shadows remake?

Postby Murfreesboro » Sat Mar 03, 2012 5:47 am

I remember that series well; I watched it. Ben Cross & Joanna Going. It had much better production values than the original, but it failed in prime time.

I was one of the original DS fans, back in the '60s. Used to race home from school to see it around 3:30 or 4 in the afternoon. Part of its appeal was how unexpected it was in the TV landscape. Back then, everything in the afternoon was a game show or a soap opera (set invariably in hospitals or courtrooms, as they didn't show s-e-x on TV in those days).

Another thing that set Dark Shadows apart was that it invented the concept of the tormented vampire, the vampire who didn't want to be what he was. That was very, very original back then, but has become a cliche since. And the actor who played Barnabas, Jonathan Frid, was hired to be a traditional, scary vampire. He wasn't especially young or handsome. He really was kind of scary, but gradually, as the character developed, you began to feel for him. It really was a case of an evolving story line that gripped its audience. They struck gold, almost by accident, I think. And Frid, who was classically trained, was very, very good in that role.

If anybody can make it work in a movie, I'd think it might be Johnny Depp. But I don't know if anyone can ever catch that lightening in a bottle again.

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Re: Dark Shadows remake?

Postby NeverMore » Thu Mar 15, 2012 5:59 pm


Here it is kiddies! The first trailer...


It appears to be a campy comedy with Barnabas trying to get in touch with the modern era, circa 1972. Not much in common with the TV series except the character's names? Probably a lot like the Fright Night remake. So we're either gonna hate it, or we're gonna love it. I think I'm gonna like it. It is Burton and Depp after all. Heck... the trailer shows Barnabas trying to brush his fangs in the mirror even though he has no reflection. You gotta love that!


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Re: Dark Shadows remake?

Postby NeverMore » Thu Mar 15, 2012 6:22 pm


Here's the trailer on IO9 in case youtube does a takedown...


Some pretty good comments down below.

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Re: Dark Shadows remake?

Postby Murfreesboro » Fri Mar 16, 2012 6:15 am

I'm glad to have seen the trailer, because it looks like they are playing it as a comedy, which I didn't expect. I will most likely go, but I no longer expect it to approximate in any way the "feel" of the original DS. That show was actually a Gothic horror show. More mature viewers may well have regarded it as silly or campy, but I took it seriously, and I do think I was typical of its core audience at the time.

The music in this trailer is straight out of the 70s, and not at all similar to the iconic Dark Shadows theme music. I think the whole thing may be intended to send up the era which produced the original TV show.

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Re: Dark Shadows remake?

Postby Rising Dead Man » Fri Mar 16, 2012 1:33 pm

I just saw the trailer. I'm kind of disappointed.
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Re: Dark Shadows remake?

Postby Nick Nefarious » Fri Mar 16, 2012 4:22 pm

Is it just me or does Tim Burton do far better making his own brand of macabre than injecting it into pre-established concepts?

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Re: Dark Shadows remake?

Postby witchy » Sat Mar 17, 2012 2:01 pm

Call me crazy, but I think I might just like it!! I did not see the original tho...... could be why I like it!!
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Re: Dark Shadows remake?

Postby Murfreesboro » Wed Mar 21, 2012 4:03 am

It will probably be fun in its way, just not at all like the original Dark Shadows, which is somewhat disappointing to those of us who loved it back in the day.

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Re: Dark Shadows remake?

Postby Pumpkin56 » Wed Mar 21, 2012 11:55 am

I think I may go see it. I know next to nothing of the original series so I can happily go in with no expectations :)

And hey, if it's really fun, it might be out on dvd by Halloween, so one more for the lineup!

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Re: Dark Shadows remake?

Postby Murfreesboro » Thu Mar 22, 2012 4:53 am

They would be missing a beat not to release it to DVD before Halloween. And I believe I saw (either through the links above or elsewhere) that they are going to re-release the DS series. I can't begin to afford the whole thing (and probably wouldn't want it, anyway), but I think they are also releasing a "Best of Barnabas" DVD for a modest price. I might spring for that one. Barnabas wasn't the only story line on DS, but his was the one everyone remembers.

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Re: Dark Shadows remake?

Postby scareviewzombies.com » Thu May 24, 2012 10:05 am

Looks like The Avengers is taking the a lot of business away from Dark Shadows and Battleship. DS is on life support.
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