I’m at a bit of a loss where this trailer is concerned.
When the revival of Dark Shadows came out in 1991, I devoured it. It was over the top and delightful. Ben Cross as Barnabas Collins was the perfect blend of creepy and sexy and Joanna Going was gorgeous playing the dual role of Victoria Winters and Josette Du Pres Collins. I loved this show.
So when Tim Burton announced that he was going to do another remake starring Johnny Depp, I admit I was excited. Even though the Burton/Depp partnership has been cranking out some diminishing returns, I have faith. Then the odd photos of Johnny Depp as Barnabas came out – the Kabuki makeup made me take pause.
But, I still had faith.
However, today I saw this. And I don’t know what to make of it. Who is everyone? Where are the characters we loved in 1966 and then again in 1991? Why are Michelle Pfieffer AND Helena Bonham Carter in this? What is with the disco music? What is with that sex scene? Is the movie being done as camp? Is it comedy? Had Tim Burton ever seen the original — or the revival? I just don’t know. I’ll still see it of course, c’mon it’s Tim Burton and Johnny Depp. Just not so sure I’ll like it.
Is Depp’s look in this film supposed to be an homage to Brando in “The Island of Dr. Moreau”? (And we all know how that turned out.)
I have no clue. Of course having a mini Barnabas who plays a mini piano could only improve this movie, the way it did in Dr. Moreau.
Shades of Michael Jackson at his white-whitiest.
You know Burton HAD to be thinking of good ol’ MJ when they came up with this makeup. MJ and kabuki theater. Utterly bizarre.