Depp and Burton camp it up in Dark Shadows

Johnny Depp and director Tim Burton camp it up together again in ‘Dark Shadows’, a film that revives the old ABC television series of the late sixties. This old show was camp in a way itself but it is pretty certain that was unintentional. It was a very low budget production and a lot of the scenes were shot live adding a certain ‘Acorn Antiques’ feel to it.

In this big screen version the ‘campness’ is definitely intentional as you would expect from these two. It is a funny film with some great special effects and it is just unfortunate that it is let down slightly by Seth Grahame-Smith’s script. It starts well but then gets weaker and weaker until the final ‘what on earth was that all about?’ ending.

There is a fine supporting cast, however, with Michelle Pfeiffer, Eva Green and Bella Heathcote. The basic plot is that Lord Barnabas Collins (Depp), a stuffy aristocrat, has an affair with a maid (Green) who turned out to be a witch and changed him into a vampire for reasons we won’t go into here.

After 200 years Barnabas Collins wakes up to find himself in the seventies. He is still a vampire, of course, and so the fun and mayhem begins. The witch who cursed him is still about and there are plenty of laughs to be had at all the various seventies icons such as Alice Cooper. To say nothing of the jokes about seventies fashion and lifestyles. Yes, a good film to watch if you can get over the script and enjoy it for what it is.