View Trailer here: http://tinyurl.com/732gu6z
Synopsis: A gothic-horror tale centering on the life of vampire Barnabas Collins and his run-ins with various monsters, witches, werewolves and ghosts. Based on the cult TV series.
Release Date: May 11, 2012
Thoughts: I just….don’t know. I mean, it has all the elements to a movie that would be a sure thing for me but something just seems a tad off. I know that the TV series and subsequent movies and newer series are all very stylized — so in that respect I think that Tim Burton is an inspired choice as director. I’m also quite glad that he’s seemed to ditch his carnival of CGI for something a bit more old school Burton. I grow weary of the constant presence of Depp and Bonham Carter in all of Burton’s films and feel at this point all three need to seek different co-workers for the betterment of their own careers. Still…Pfeiffer looks wonderful and this may just have that 70’s kitsch vibe that is so hard to mimic convincingly. All in all, it has an interesting feel to it and here’s hoping the strange family of Barnabas Collins translates well to the big screen.
I actually saw, and loved, the original soap opera, and I am not sure that the subtlety of that production would be well-served by Tim Burton’s style.