Movie Review – Dark Shadows


Released: 5/11/12

You have certain expectations when you see a film directed by Tim Burton and starsJohnny Depp.  One, it will probably be a little weird (okay, a lot weird).  Two, it will probably be pretty good.  Add in Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Jonny Lee Miller, and Eva Green and those expectations ratchet up a little more. Dark Shadows, did not live up to those expectations, however.  Perhaps my expectations should have been tempered, because Netflix didn’t think I would like this movie and others told me that it was rather meh.  But I truly believed – how can you go wrong with that cast?

Proving that hell truly hath no fury like a woman scorned, a witch, Angelique Bouchard, buries Barnabus Collins alive after turning him into a vampire.  (I am of the belief that there is little worse than an immortal being buried alive.)  Angelique was upset that Barnabus didn’t return her affections.  After 200 years, Barnabus is determined to bring his family descendants back to their rightful place on top.  Angelique has other plans, however.  It’s the age old story of vampire vs witch.

Dark Shadows wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t good either.  In fact, it wasn’t anything.  It wasn’t funny or campy.  It wasn’t creepy or scary.  I don’t know that there is an adjective to describe it except perhaps for “meh” (if I may define meh as an adjective.)  It was a disappointing waste of a talented cast.

WWYT Rating: 5.0

IMDB Rating: 6.2


2 thoughts on “Movie Review – Dark Shadows

  1. I have few expectations other than what I know about the creators… I didn’t expect much with this movie and I got more than 80% of good in what I was looking for. If that isn’t someone’s cup of tea? So what? I want to talk to people who love this movie. I want to find our own group where we can talk about it. And why? Because I am SICK TO DEATH of being peer-pressured into “hating” it. It’s entertainment, in which we have a CHOICE. And if someone thinks that is sick? You have WAY too much time on your hands!


  2. And if you have to keep hating this movie? You are obviously too comfortable and have to find something else to do. Life is short and the road is long and we need to focus on what we enjoy. Not on what we hate.


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