We saw Dark Shadows Thursday night. I was a huge fan of the TV series when I was about 9 to 10 years old so when I first heard they were making a movie I thought, “That’s just wrong! It’s sacrilege!” But then I started seeing the advertisements and… well, you know… Tim Burton, Johnny Depp. How could I not go see it even if I did think Depp was wrong for the part of Barnabas Collins. And the verdict is…
I loved it. It was delightfully goofy and Tim Burton-ish, as you would expect, but it also had enough of the feel of the old TV series to satisfy the desire to indulge in nostalgia. The music was great too – lots of early 70′s stuff and an appearance by Alice Cooper.
Several of the stars of the TV series, including Johnathon Frid, had cameos but I totally missed all of them. I must see it again.
As I was watching the movie I realized that I really don’t remember very many details from the TV show. It’s not like Star Trek which I have been watching over and over again all these years. It was on for a few years and then it was gone. So it’s really hard for me to say how well the movie compared to the original. Which, maybe, is a good thing. Anyway, the important thing, it was a lot of fun.