Friday, May 11, 2012

Johnny Depp's "Dark Shadows" Opens Today!

Tim Burton's latest collaboration with Johnny Depp features Johnny as a vampire named Barnabas Collins. He was human until a jealous witch cursed him, and buried him alive for 200 years. When he's released by a construction crew, he returns home to restore the family name to its former glory. The dysfunctional Collins family is played by Michelle Pfeiffer, Jonny Lee Miller, and 15-year-old Chloe Grace Moretz. And because you can't have a Burton-Depp collaboration without her, Helena Bonham Carter is also in it. She plays Michelle Pfieffer's live-in psychiatrist. The witch is played by Bond girl Eva Green. As for cameos, watch for Christopher Lee as an old man at the pub. Johnny says, quote, "One of my favorite moments that I've ever been able to experience in a film was that I got to hypnotize Dracula. I got to hypnotize Christopher Lee." Even though the movie is played for laughs, it's based on a supernatural soap opera that took itself pretty seriously. The original "Dark Shadows" ran on ABC from 1966 to 1971 and starred a guy named Jonathan Frid as Barnabas. Jonathan passed away last month, but he does have a cameo in the movie. In the scene where Barnabas throws a ball at Collinwood Manor, if you watch closely, you'll see Johnny greeting the original cast members from the TV show at the door.

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