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First Full ‘Dark Shadows’ Trailer Suggests … A Comedy?

Dark Shadows
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Sorry for the obvious pun, but Tim Burton fans wondering about his mysterious ‘Dark Shadows‘ remake have been kept in the shadows regarding what they can expect from his latest collaboration with Johnny Depp. The good news is that we now have a full ‘Shadows’ trailer to pore over. The bad news? It only confuses us even more.

Burton’s latest reboots a classic television show from his and Depp’s childhoods. ‘Dark Shadows’ introduces audiences to Barnaby Collins, a pale-faced eccentric (of course) who’s cursed by a witch (Eva Green) and buried in the ground until he emerges, decades later, in 1972. Upon returning home, he finds his beloved Collinwood Estate.

Even after the full trailer, though, I’m not sure I get what Burton and Depp are going after in ‘Shadows.’ The premise suggests horror, with Collins proclaiming himself a vampire and Depp’s co-stars looking like they stepped off the sets of ‘Sweeney Todd’ and ‘Beetlejuice’.

But the tone of this clip is far more comedic that anything Depp and Burton have attempted in the past. Most of the fish-out-of-water jokes poke fun of Collins’ inability to understand the ‘70s, which could get old after a few minutes. And the song choices for the clip? Man, Burton, get Danny Elfman on the phone, pronto, because your trailer needs a musical hook.

‘Dark Shadows’ stars Depp, Green, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jonny Lee Miller, Chloe Moretz, Helena Bonham Carter and Jackie Earle Haley. It opens in theaters on May 11, meaning it will be the first film to try and unseat ‘The Avengers’ from the top of the box office charts. Will it succeed? Hard to tell. After this trailer, I’m sad to say I’m still pretty much stuck in the ‘Shadows’.

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