Fans of the original TV series “Dark Shadows”, avert your eyes now. Because for you, it’s going to get ugly. The horror show has been reinvented as a camp comedy by Tim Burton, purveyor of Gothic quirk like “Sleepy Hollow” and “The Corpse Bride”. The approach of this remake has caught many by surprise, and not just fans either. I have very little memory of the 60s original but Burton’s movie does strike even me as a tad… inappropriate. After all, the show was always meant to creep you out, not make you chuckle at its silliness. Then again, for all its supernatural-themed seriousness, the show was a very silly affair. What with its wobbly sets, soap opera acting and sometimes unintentionally goofy plot (I YouTubed some old episodes). So it looks like Burton decided to run with that. I’m still not entirely convinced that’s the best way to honour the source material, but if he can pull off a successful comedy then why the Hell not, eh. Based on this trailer, the humour certainly is pretty wacky, taking full advantage of the 70s setting.
“Dark Shadows” stars Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Jackie Earle Haley, Jonny Lee Miller, Bella Heathcote, Chloe Moretz, Gulliver McGrath. It premieres 11th May.