12 certificateDark Shadows is a Film programme that first aired in 2012 and has been classified a 12 certificate.

Dark Shadows is a 3 star programme

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Dark Shadows (2012)

Directed by
Tim Burton

Director Tim Burton and star Johnny Depp team up for an eighth time in this characteristically gothic comedy.

After spurning lover, and witch, Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green) for his true love Josette (Bella Heathcote), Barnabas Collins (Depp) is cursed to live forever - as a vampire. Buried alive in a locked coffin, it is almost 200 years before a team of construction workers accidentally resurrects him, in 1970s New England.

Freed from his would-be grave, Barnabas returns to his old mansion to find his own dysfunctional descendants living there. When family matriarch Elizabeth (Michelle Pfeiffer) agrees Barnabas can stay, he makes efforts to try to revitalise the Collins' ailing business. But the ancient bloodsucker is distracted by the house governess, who looks just like Josette, and by Angelique, who has arrived on the scene with a rival business and a burning desire to win Barnabas back.

Depp and Burton's latest collaboration retains the distinctive feel and snappily humorous narrative that audiences have come to expect from the pair.

In a cast that also includes Chloë Grace Moretz and Jonny Lee Miller, Bonham Carter continues her streak of appearing in husband's Burton's films, and is great fun as the family's live-in psychiatrist Julia Hoffman.

With camp humour, soapy storylines and Burton's trademark eye-catching visuals, Dark Shadows proves a fun diversion.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 113 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 2012

3/5 Stars

Classification: 12 Certificate

Production Country: USA

Filmed in Colour


Image for Johnny DeppJohnny Depp...Barnabas Collins
Image for Michelle PfeifferMichelle Pfeiffer...Elizabeth Collins Stoddard
Image for Helena Bonham CarterHelena Bonham Carter...Dr. Julia Hoffman
Image for Eva GreenEva Green...Angelique Bouchard
Image for Jackie Earle HaleyJackie Earle Haley...Willie Loomis
Image for Jonny Lee MillerJonny Lee Miller...Roger Collins
Image for Bella HeathcoteBella Heathcote...Victoria Winters/Josette DuPres
Image for Chloë Grace MoretzChloë Grace Moretz...Carolyn Stoddard
Gulliver McGrath...David Collins
Ray Shirley...Mrs. Johnson
Image for Christopher LeeChristopher Lee...Clarney
Alice Cooper...Alice Cooper
Ivan Kaye...Joshua Collins
Susanna Cappellaro...Naomi Collins
Josephine Butler...David's Mother