Dark Shadows was a drama. I hope I never see the DVD in the comedy
section of my local movie rental store.
I have seen no more than 5 minutes of the original tv series, however
I am aware of the sub-culture/fan club that exists around the old
show. I am in no way qualified to compare the twain.
I enjoy watching Johnny Depp act, even in such a morbid character. He
throws himself into a role with abandonment, and deserves the
accolades and fame with which he is endowed. Helena Bonham Carter is
also Dame in waiting and an actress worth her salt, although she
carried a minor role in this melodrama. She can just fill so many
different shoes so well.
My expectations of something slightly more light hearted perhaps left
me a little shaken at the first blood shed. I am not a fan of blood,
vampires, witches or ghosts. Nevertheless, had these repulsive
elements been absent from the plot, perhaps few would venture to watch
some strange people talking strangely in a strange town.
The storyline read like a good book I suppose. I was in no way aware
of what would happen next. If keeping me in guessing means the writers
must verge on absurdity, then I guess that's the price I pay.
Like I said before, I don't enjoy bloodshed. Thus I will not be
(intentionally) watching this movie ever again. I wish Mr Depp and his
fellow cast all successes however in the future, and hope that no-one
thinks a sequel is needed.