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Dark Shadows (2012)

aka Dark Shadows

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Details: 113 mins · English · PG-13 (USA)


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The worst thing about the movie is Chloe Moretz. I did not like her at all in this movie. Yeah, she plays an angsty teen, but she over did it, and then when a certain something is revealed, it felt like it came out of no where and was just glazed over quickly and did not have much of a point for the over all movie, just for that one scene.
Everything else, I loved.
Except maybe I did not fully understand why she looked like the previous love. I know for the emotional effect and for him to fall in love, but the explanation was not satisfying.
Everything else, still loved.

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I was disappointed in this. I went with a bunch of my friends when it came out and we were so excited to see a goofy movie and it just didn't deliver

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Very traditional Tim Burton. Decent enough entertainment, but nothing special.

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Small Barnabas Collins
Small Angelique the Witch
Small Elizabeth Collins Stoddard
Small Roger Collins
Small Carolyn Stoddard
No_movie_poster David Collins
Small Dr. Julia Hoffman
Small Willie Loomis
No_movie_poster Victoria Winters
No_movie_poster Young Barnabas Collins
Small Angelique the Witch
No_movie_poster Josette du Pres
No_movie_poster Hard Hat 1
Small Hippie Chick 2
No_movie_poster Collinsport Cop
Small Guest
No_movie_poster Guest
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Small Board Member 1
No_movie_poster Joshua Collins
Small Silas Clarney
Small Alice Cooper
No_movie_poster Sheriff
No_movie_poster Hippie Chick 3
Small Fisherman
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Small Johnny Depp Producer
Small Tim Burton Director
Small Danny Elfman Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Richard D. Zanuck Producer
No_movie_poster Graham King Producer
Small Seth Grahame-Smith Screenplay
No_movie_poster Christi Dembrowski Producer
No_movie_poster David Kennedy Producer
No_movie_poster David Kennedy Producer
Small Seth Grahame-Smith Story Contributor
No_movie_poster John August Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Dan Curtis Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Chris Lebenzon Editing


In 1760, the Collins family migrates to America from Liverpool and sets up a fishing port in Maine, naming it Collinsport. Sixteen years later in 1776 the son, Barnabas (Johnny Depp), has an affair with a maid, Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green), who is a witch infatuated with him since childhood. When he tells her he doesn't love or want her, Angelique kills his parents. Barnabas then falls in love with Josette du Pres (Bella Heathcote). In a fit of jealousy, Angelique bewitches Josette into leaping from a cliff to her death. Barnabas leaps after her in grief, but he survives because Angelique turns him into an immortal vampire. She rouses a mob to capture and bury Barnabas alive in a chained coffin in the woods and curses his family.

One hundred ninety-six years later, in the year 1972, construction workers accidentally free Barnabas from his coffin, who reluctantly slakes his two-century thirst by feeding on and killing his rescuers. He makes his way back to his manor to find it inhabited by his dysfunctional descendants and their servants—the family matriarch Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (Michelle Pfeiffer); her brother Roger (Jonny Lee Miller); her 15-year-old daughter Carolyn (Chloë Grace Moretz); Roger's 10-year-old son David (Gulliver McGrath); Dr. Julia Hoffman (Helena Bonham Carter), David's psychiatrist; Willie Loomis (Jackie Earle Haley), the manor's caretaker; and Victoria Winters (Heathcote), David's newly-hired governess and Josette's reincarnation. Upon convincing Elizabeth of his identity by revealing a secret treasure room behind the fireplace, Barnabas is allowed to stay under the condition that he never reveal either the room or the fact that he is a vampire to the rest of the family. At breakfast, Elizabeth makes him out to be "Barnabas Collins III", a distant relative from England who has come to restore the family's business and reputation in town. Barnabas becomes very deeply attracted to Victoria on sight, whom he briefly mistakes for his lost Josette, and immediately begins to pursue her romantically.

As Barnabas helps revitalize the Collins' fishery and manor, he is approached by Angelique, who has used her powers to establish a successful rival fishery, called Angel Bay, and live through the decades by posing as her own descendants. She tries to win him back, later convincing him to make wild, passionate love with her, but he still rejects her, as he loves Victoria. He continues to restore his family's name by inviting the entire town to a party at the manor featuring Alice Cooper (whom Barnabas mistakes for a female due to Cooper's name), where Victoria reveals to Barnabas that her parents committed her to an insane asylum, (under her real name "Maggie Evans"), as a child because she could see and talk to an invisible friend, (Josette's ghost). They kiss and confess their feelings to each other, unknowingly enraging Angelique who has witnessed the scene.

Meanwhile, Dr. Hoffman has discovered Barnabas' true nature after hypnotizing him. She convinces him to try an experimental procedure to become a regular human again via blood transfusions using her own blood, but her real intent is to use his blood to become a vampire to avoid aging. Upon discovering this betrayal, Barnabas drains her to death and dumps her in the ocean. Barnabas catches Roger trying to find the secret room and exposes Roger's lack of interest in his son. Barnabas makes him choose between being a good father to David, or leaving the family with sufficient funding to satisfy his greed. Roger chooses to leave, deeply wounding his son's feelings. Immediately afterwards, Barnabas rescues David from a falling disco ball and stumbles into a beam of sunlight, burning his skin and exposing his secret to the horrified children and Victoria.

Later that night, Angelique calls Barnabas into her office, coaxes him into confessing Dr. Hoffman's murder, and traps him in another coffin that she leaves in his family's crypt until she decides to let him out again. She then burns down the Collins' canning factory and plays a recording of the murder confession to the police and gathered townsfolk, once more turning them against the family. Angie leads the mob to Collinwood to arrest the family, but Barnabas is rescued from the coffin by David and shows up at the manor, attacking her in front of the mob, thereby exposing both his and her true natures. As the townspeople disperse, Angelique sets fire to the manor and admits her role in the family's curse, including turning Carolyn into a werewolf and killing David's mother at sea. Barnabas and the Collins family fight Angelique until David summons his mother's vengeful ghost. The ghost gives a single scream which knocks Angelique into a chandelier.

Before she dies she pulls out her heart and offers it to Barnabas; he refuses the heart, trying to make her admit she didn't really love him, she just wanted to possess him, and it shatters as Angelique dies. Barnabas then discovers that Angelique has bewitched Victoria into jumping off of Widow's Hill, the same cliff Josette did. Barnabas arrives moments before Victoria is about to jump and breaks her hypnosis, but she reveals she wanted to fall. She pleads with him to make her a vampire so that they can remain together forever, but he refuses. She then casts herself off, forcing him to follow and bite her to save her life, and Victoria wakes up as a vampire. As the two kiss on the rocks in the waves, the film ends with an underwater scene showing a school of fish swimming away from Hoffman, who suddenly revives due to managing to make it far enough into the transfusions.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 2012-05-10 : Denmark

Theatrical : 2012-05-17 : United Arab Emirates

Theatrical : 2012-05-25 : Pakistan

Theatrical : 2012-05-11 : Estonia

Theatrical : 2012-05-11 : India

Theatrical : 2012-05-11 : United States of America

Theatrical : 2012-05-18 : Romania

Theatrical : 2012-05-10 : Croatia

Theatrical : 2012-05-31 : Georgia

Theatrical : 2012-05-11 : Spain

Theatrical : 2012-05-10 : New Zealand

Theatrical : 2012-05-11 : United Kingdom

Theatrical : 2012-05-10 : Hong Kong

Theatrical : 2012-05-11 : Indonesia

Theatrical : 2012-05-10 : Hungary

Theatrical : 2012-06-22 : Uruguay

Theatrical : 2012-05-10 : Russia

Theatrical : 2012-05-11 : Norway

Theatrical : 2012-05-09 : Belgium

Theatrical : 2012-09-28 : Venezuela

Theatrical : 2012-05-11 : Canada

Theatrical : 2012-05-11 : Ireland

Theatrical : 2012-05-17 : Greece

Theatrical : 2012-06-14 : Chile

Theatrical : 2012-05-17 : Israel

Theatrical : 2012-05-10 : Serbia

Theatrical : 2012-05-11 : Taiwan

Theatrical : 2012-06-22 : Panama

Theatrical : 2012-05-25 : Armenia

Theatrical : 2012-05-10 : Malaysia

Theatrical : 2012-05-10 : Slovenia

Theatrical : 2012-05-10 : Netherlands

Theatrical : 2012-05-11 : Italy

Theatrical : 2012-05-10 : Ukraine

Theatrical : 2012-05-10 : Singapore

Theatrical : 2012-06-21 : Argentina

Theatrical : 2012-05-10 : Philippines

Theatrical : 2012-05-09 : France

Theatrical : 2012-06-22 : Colombia

Theatrical : 2012-06-22 : Mexico

Theatrical : 2012-05-11 : Finland

Theatrical : 2012-05-10 : Germany

Theatrical : 2012-06-21 : Peru

Theatrical : 2012-05-10 : Slovakia

Theatrical : 2012-05-11 : Iceland

Theatrical : 2012-05-11 : Sweden

Theatrical : 2012-06-22 : Brazil

Theatrical : 2012-05-10 : Portugal

Theatrical : 2012-05-10 : Australia

Theatrical : 2012-05-11 : Lithuania

Theatrical : 2012-06-15 : Turkey

Theatrical : 2012-05-11 : Vietnam

Theatrical : 2012-05-18 : Poland

Theatrical : 2012-05-17 : Kuwait

Theatrical : 2012-05-19 : Japan

DVD : 2012-10-02 : United States of America

DVD : 2012-09-24 : Australia

DVD : 2012-10-15 : United Kingdom

Blu-ray disc : 2012-10-02 : United States of America

Blu-ray disc : 2012-09-24 : Australia

2012-06-16 : Shanghai