Dark Shadows Trailer

Yeah, yeah, yeah. Insert your [gee, another Tim Burton-Johnny Depp-Helena Bonham Carter gothic movie?] joke here, you philistines! This trailer made my morning. The campiness oozed from the screen and rolled right into my brain, giving me a disco high jolt that I’m going to ride all day. I may even listen to ABBA on the way in to work this morning.

If the trailer gets pulled from YouTube, it’s also available on Apple.com.

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Dark Shadows Trailer
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275 thoughts on “Dark Shadows Trailer

  1. 1

    Oh. Em. Gee. I remember the original series (the first one, not the second revival in the 80’s) and it was nothing like this. I was my fist paranormal tv show and I’ve been hooked on them ever since.

    You just made my day too!

  2. 2

    Oh wow. I have tried to watch both the original and update of that series on Netflix and have never made it more than 20 minutes in. I can’t decide if this will be better because the awfulness is on purpose rather than on accident. It looks like the story has been streamlined at the very least.

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    Ok, color me massively underwhelmed. I’ve never seen the original Dark Shadows tv show, and only know a bit about it. Watching that preview was so ugh-inducing I almost facepalmed myself (then I remembered that I’m eating ribs which would make it quite messy). I’m all for creativity in movies, but can the pendulum swing back towards more serious, darker vampire movies? I can’t begin to understand the massive popularity of sparkling vampires (heck the t-shirt I’m wearing says: And then Buffy staked Edward. The End.) I watched the first Twilight movie, and thought it was ‘enh’. I walked out of the second movie nearly halfway into it-and I didn’t even have to pay for the ticket. This Dark Shadows trailer doesn’t grab me any more than the Twilight dreck. Which means it’s probably going to rake in lot’s-o-money (Johnny Depp? Tim Burton? Summer film?)

    1. 4.1

      Oh, I think this is probably much more intelligently written than Twilight (which is like saying that water is probably wetter than dust). It’s camp, and well done camp can be a blast. Also, vampires are, you know, not real, so I don’t think they have to play by any certain set of rules. I just ask that they follow the rules of the universe in which they’re written.

      1. Brianne:
        I’m sure Dark Shadows will be better than Twilight. I may have accidentally given the impression that I feel Stephanie Meyer and Tim Burton are equivalent creatively. I don’t feel that way at all. The religious underpinnings of Twilight are bad on so many levels. Tim Burton is a very capable director with a seemingly limitless level of creativity. I don’t always *like* what he creates, but I can’t deny the creativity. Meyer’s work seems like teen romance meets vampires meets Mormon values. Done badly.
        That said, my main point is that I’m tired of vampire movies that don’t use vampires the way I like them used (yeah, I’m going to just throw that out there). I’m not advocating anyone *not* create those movies. No one is forcing me to watch any of these movies. I don’t go to watch them anymore. I just would like a little more diversity. The Blade trilogy used vampires in a way I like. From Dusk til Dawn did as well. In some ways, even the Underworld movies use vampires better than Twilight. Heck, I’m the biggest fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the tv series, not the movie) in the world. One of my small criticisms of the show is the treatment of vampires. More specifically, how weak they are in comparison to vampires in other tv shows or movies (I’m aware that budget costs probably limited what types of stunts could be performed on the show). Yet, I still prefer them to Twilight vamps. I think some of my distaste for the Dark Shadows trailer is the treatment of vampires in a camp context. I know that there’s a place for all different kinds of imaginary creatures in the creative landscape. I just feel there’s a wee bit too much of the sanitized vamps out there.

        1. Well written, Tony. I get where you’re coming from. I’m a also a fan of horrific monsters being horrific, but I don’t have a problem with others re-imagining the vampire or other mythological creatures. My objection to Twilight isn’t that vampires could live among us and retain their humanity. And I’ll even say that I’m not offended that they sparkled in the sun instead of exploding into ash and smoke and gore like they traditionally have been written to do. My offense to Twilight was the shitty writing, the emo characters, the weak “stand-by-my-abusive-man”, “life is worthless if he’s not around” female lead character who was obviously influenced by Meyer’s religious background.

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