A pampered young exquisite called Barnabas Collins — played by Depp with fussy dandy attire, pale skin and jet-black hair gelled into drooping spikes on his forehead — is the only son of an 18th-century fisheries millionaire in Maine. The whole family is subsisting on the dwindling profits of a family business being crushed by ruthless competition from Angelique, now a spiteful businesswoman.
Barnabas vows to rebuild the family fortunes with a little vampiric nous, but to his astonishment finds that young David's nanny, Victoria Bella Heathcote , is the undead spit of the delicate beauty with whom he was tragically in love in Weirdest and funniest is Dr Julia Hoffman, played by Helena Bonham Carter, the resident "live-in" psychiatrist the family has hired to help David come to terms with the loss of his mother.
She naturally does nothing of the sort, and just slouches around drinking Scotch from a heavy tumbler, smoking at the communal family meals to which she is admitted, and wearing a bizarrely unflattering and unattractive pinafore-style dress. Bonham Carter gives a dyspeptic fizz to her attitude to Barnabas: incredulous and disparaging. She insists on trying to analyse him, while at the same time drinking booze with nameless pills, apparently in order to take the edge off a working day that doesn't appear to involve work or effort of any kind.
Burton relies heavily on juke-box classics for period atmosphere, and rather cheekily attempts to hitch a free ride on the feelgood nostalgia rush that well-loved tunes provide. Little dashes and touches of comedy in Grahame-Smith's dialogue keep the movie ticking over. Depp's Barnabas is part fastidious, part baffled, when year-old David points to his year-old cousin over dinner and snitchingly announces: "Carolyn touches herself — and makes a noise like a kitten!
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Barnabas is around a group of hippies who smoke pot. A year-old girl is involved in a joke about being "stoned" shown in the trailer , in which Barnabas misunderstands the meaning of the term. There's plenty of vampire violence and blood, though the blood is deliberately fake-looking, and the killings largely take place off screen. A flashback sequence involves a young girl's parents shipping her off to an asylum, where she's locked in a cell and receives electroshock therapy.
While there's no nudity, there's lots of sexual innuendo and passionate kissing -- and a year-old girl is disturbingly sexualized, often posing, dancing, or speaking in sexy ways. Language includes several uses of words like "s--t," "bitch," and "bastard"; the main character smokes pot in one scene, and supporting characters are shown drinking to excess. This isn't swoon-worthy vampire cinema a la Twilight , but Burton and Depp fans should enjoy the duo's always-quirky pairing.
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In the 18th century, Barnabas Collins Johnny Depp is a wealthy and powerful gentleman who attracts the romantic attentions of a servant girl Eva Green and breaks her heart. She turns out to be a witch who vengefully turns Barnabas into a vampire and buries him for years. He wakes in the year and returns to his family home. Slightly befuddled by this strange new world, he moves in with the new generation of Collinses and tries to return the family to its former glory.
And it turns out the family's new governess is the possible reincarnation of his lost love, Josette Bella Heathcote. But the witch, now called "Angie," is still around and still looking to possess Barnabas for herself. But while Burton should have been comfortable with the story's large-scale passions and soap opera emotions -- as evidenced by movies like Edward Scissorhands -- he seems unwilling to take the risk. Instead, he retreats to silly, fish-out-of-water comedy, as written by Seth Grahame-Smith author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies , that's filled with jokes about and references to the s.
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With stronger material, Burton's films are capable of great verbal wit Pee-wee's Big Adventure , Beetlejuice , Ed Wood , but Dark Shadows was more suited to a purely visual treatment. Families can talk about Dark Shadows ' vampire violence. Is it scary or funny? Which is it meant to be? What's shown, and what isn't shown?
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How does that affect its impact? Are the scenes with year-old Chloe Grace Moretz sexy or uncomfortable? Is she too young for this material, or does the movie's playful tone make it OK? How is Angelique portrayed? Talk about female stereotypes in novels and films, particularly the "sexual but evil temptress. Why do you think so many of the characters in this movie drink so much?
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