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‘Dark Shadows’ Featurette Talks Vampires

Director TIM BURTON and JOHNNY DEPP on the set of Dark Shadows
Warner Brothers

Tim Burton‘s ‘Dark Shadows‘ was slow on its roll out to theaters – it didn’t have a trailer until a couple of weeks ago and for a summer release it’s been curiously mute until recently. You’d think a Tim Burton/ Johnny Depp film would be hyped more after their ‘Alice in Wonderland.’ But now we have a featurette for the movie, which talks about vampire lore and a little bit about the original show.

Though the trailer was exciting, it’s hard to get a sense of how the film plays from the footage so far. Obviously it’s got a rock score background, but we can see the fish out of water gags getting old. The film looks gorgeous, and this gives a better look at the plot.

What this featurette focuses on is vampires, and that seems partly to build to talking about how Christopher Lee (now a Burton regular) is in the film, and Depp’s vampire gets to hypnotize one of cinema’s most famous Draculas. They also give a shout out to the original cast and it’s nice to see them show respect to Jonathan Frid, who recently passed away. Likely the film will have a little tribute to the actor, who appears in the film.

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