Oh, Right, The ‘Dark Shadows’ Trailer. Here
By Perry Michael Simon on March 16, 2012
While I was out late Thursday, Warner Bros. released (on the Ellen DeGeneres show) the trailer for Tim Burton’s jokey take on Dark Shadows, with Johnny Depp assuming the Barnabas Collins role and Seth Grahame-Smith of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter fame writing the screenplay. The movie has Barnabas the vampire buried alive in the 1700s and being unearthed in 1972, joining his dysfunctional descendants.
I’m not sure about this one, because the beauty of the original is that it didn’t know it was funny. It was campy and goofy and boom mics kept appearing on camera and the sets were cheap and lines were fumbled. This movie amps up the comedy aspects, which may or may not work. It’s hard to beat unintentional humor, unless the movie has stagehands visible in the background of scenes, too.