Dark Shadows Compare And Contrast

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Dark Shadows (2012) is an interesting film, as Tim Burton (director) attempts to twist comedy and horror in this parody-like remake of an old TV series with the same name. The old TV series, Dark Shadows (1966–1971), was a gothic horror series that had over 1248 episodes and was considered quite popular during its air time. It amassed a significant fan base and even has its own wikia fandom dedicated to finding anything related to the series. The series also obtained a 7.6/10 rating which is impressive, considering it was a soap opera ("Dark Shadows (TV Series 1966–1971)."). The 2012 movie version had quite an amazing starting cast that the old series lacked, starring amazing talent such as Michelle Pfeiffer, and Eva Green. The main character …show more content…
In fact, Tim Burton said, “We talked about it for many years, but I think this is the first project that I ever remember for Johnny where he said that he wanted to play this ever since he was a little boy” (Huver). Johnny Depp also said this about the old TV series, “It was so classic, this sort of classic monster – like Fangoria magazine or that kind of thing” (Huver). This makes Dark Shadows (2012) an interesting movie because it was made on the basis of respect and enjoyment of the old TV series, rather than an opportunity to tap into an old fanbase for the purpose of making money. This idea of remaking a classic, while honorable, did not bode well with old fans of the show or new viewers as it scored a 37% and had a critics consensus being: “The visuals are top notch, but Tim Burton never finds a consistent rhythm, mixing campy jokes and gothic spookiness with less success than other Johnny Depp collaborations” ("Dark Shadows (2012)."). However, The negative reviews didn’t stop the movie from amassing quite a profit as the movie received $245,527,149 worldwide while only having a production budget of $150,000,000 ("Dark Shadows."). Even though it was not much of a success with the critics, Dark Shadows (2012) is still a fun time-passer that provides its audience with great visual …show more content…
The trailer makes it seem as if the movie is simply a funny and quirky vampire movie (ScreenJunkies News). However, Tim Burton (director) really tries to mix comedy, drama, horror, and suspense into the movie. This doesn’t work out very well because instead of making a good combination of genres or excelling in one genre, the movie fails to deliver on any of the genres. So, what the movie ended up being is a bunch of watered down genres that each got their own scene. Throwing all the genres into the movie without either properly mixing them or just focusing on one makes it seem like the movie was made by shuffling a bunch of random scenes together. It makes it hard to follow the storyline and turns the movie into more of a parody than a

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