Welcome to Collinsport

Posted: December 15, 2014 in Comedy, Cult Classic, Dark Comedy

Dark_Shadows_label_copySo I am sick in bed today so todays post will be short and sweet. I went to Wal-mart and bought medicine and a  $5 DVD.  I opted on getting Dark Shadows. Yes I am fully aware it is a cheesy movie. But so was the TV Show it is based on.

Tim Burton brings the story of Collinsport to the big screen starring Johnny Depp, Eva Green, Michelle Pfifer, and Helena Bonham Carter. It is dark cheesy and humor filled. The story centers on Barnabas Collins who has been turned into a vampire by a spurned lover over a hundred years ago. Now it is the 1970’s and he has reawakened.

I think for this post I am going to focus on what makes this movie so cheesy…don’t forget however I do like this movie. To start off it feels like you are watching a soap opera…which makes sense since that is what the TV show was considered. But a supernatural soap opera. Vampires werewolves, witches, and ghosts. The whole movie takes place in the familial home of the Collins’ family an old mansion in north east America, but everything is very 70’s. There is also the live in psychiatrist Dr. Hoffman, played by Helena Bonham Carter.

The entire movie follows the whole adage “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.” Angelique, played by Penny Dreadfuls star Eva Green, is still mad that Barnabas never fell in love with her…and her anger has kept her alive all these years until he returned. She is trying to ruin his family name by taking over Collinsport by buying out the canning factories. HOW CHEESY IS THAT!?

Dark-Shadows-300x300Needless to say this movie is great to watch when there is nothing better on or you are feeling like crap. It is full of laughs and ridiculousness. If you are Tim Burton fan however you will be sorely disappointed, it lacks the smart dark wittiness of films like Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands, or Ed Wood. But it is a fun watch regardless of content and cheese.


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