On Wednesday evening we went to see the latest Tim Burton/ Johnny Depp offering, Dark Shadows.
The cast was great, of course there were the usual band of quirky actors that Burton always likes to use, Depp and Bonham-Carter, as well as Michelle Pfeiffer and Eva Green, but then there were some cameo appearances from the original vampire, Christopher Lee, and Alice Cooper. Once this film got rolling it was laugh out loud funny. It would have been so easy to have a vampire coming back now, but coming back into 1972 was inspired, not only did it provide for some pretty humorous bits but there was some good music and 1970s costumes too, which is always a bonus.
Throughout the film there are definite nods to the institutes that are Hammer Horrors, as well as a couple of my favourites, the Ray Harryhausen film, and the Roger Corman. Another thing I love about the Tim Burton films in general, te actors all look aneamic, and that's ok. It's a welcome relief from the tanned and beautiful people of Hollywood.
If you go to this film expecting a serious horror, you are going to be seriously disappointed. If however, you are a Burton fan who enjoys his dark brand of humour then this is most certainly the film for you.