There seems to be something in Tim Burton’s upcoming Dark Shadows that reminds fans of his earlier work. Everything contributes: from the film’s melding of the classic and the modern a la Sleepy Hollow, to star Johnny Depp’s Edward Scissorhands-esque fingernails. With his muse Depp in tow, there is simply an underlying force that is branding Dark Shadows with the style of Golden Era Burton — a man who melted our hearts with the somehow unforgettable Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, and then froze them again (for safekeeping) with the perfectly jagged Beetlejuice.
Depp stars as Barnabas Collins, an 18th Century vampire revived in the 1970s by the lovestruck witch who buried him (Eva Green). Once awakened, Collins discovers that all that’s left of his once supreme lineage is a dysfunctional, loathsome family (made up of promising cast members Michelle Pfeiffer and Chloë Grace Moretz). Disappointment be damned, Collins must come to defend his family against the wrath of the witch, all the while struggling to understand what electricity is. Check out the trailer here, and the new posters for the movie below.