Dark Shadows Poster and Trailer

Warner Bros. have released a vibrant poster and the first trailer for Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows, a gothic comedy featuring an all-star cast that includes Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter and Eva Green. 

The trailer was first premiered on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in the US, however, official HD downloads are now available.

As Burton and Depp’s eighth film together, both are fans of the gothic TV soap opera upon which the film is based. Created by Dan Curtis, Dark Shadows was originally broadcast in America from 1966 to 1971, which might explain why you haven’t heard of it. Being such a huge fan, Depp went a step further and acquired the feature rights from the estate of Dan Curtis (Depp is also credited as an executive producer). He subsequently offered it to Burton to direct. They probably don’t intend to condense 1000+ episodes into one movie, so this could be the start of a possible franchise.

Warner Bros. released the following synopsis:

“In the year 1752, Joshua and Naomi Collins, with young son Barnabas, set sail from England to start a new life in America. Two decades later Barnabas is the master of Collinwood Manor–rich, powerful and an inveterate playboy…until he makes the grave mistake of breaking the heart of Angelique Bouchard, who dooms him to a fate worse than death: turning him into a vampire, and then burying him alive. Two centuries pass before Barnabas is freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972. He returns to Collinwood Manor to find that his once-grand estate has fallen into ruin and the dysfunctional remnants of the Collins family have fared little better, each harbouring their own dark secrets.”

With the screenplay penned by Pride and Prejudice and Zombies scribe, Seth Grahame-Smith, this is the first of his collaborations with Burton to be released this year. They both worked together on Timbur Bekmambetov’s Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, which is also released this summer.

Starting out quite serious the trailer descends to comedy, with laughs generated from Depp’s Barnabas struggling to get used to changes after missing out on two centuries. Also note the use of 1970s tracks such as T. Rex’s ‘Get It On’ and Barry White’s ‘You’re The First, The Last, My Everything’. As well as the expected sight of coffins and chains, there’s also the unexpected giant disco ball and… red panties? Click play below, or alternatively or you can download Quicktime HD versions over at Apple.

Dark Shadows opens in the UK and US on May 11th.

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