Back in January, I hailed Dark Shadows as one of my most anticipated movies of the year. Starring Johnny Depp *swoon*, Christopher Lee, Eva Green, Michelle Pfeiffer and, surprise, surprise, Helena Bonham Carter, I waited with baited breath until the film finally hit our screens on 11 May.
Based on the cult television show, Depp revamps (how could I not?!) the beloved character of Barnabas Collins, a vampire who has been buried for the past 200 years, whilst Eva Green plays his jilted lover Angelique. Set in 1700s and then later in the 1970s, this gothic-horror explores Barnabas’ relationships with mythical creatures from witches to werewolves after he is accidentally freed from the tomb that has trapped him for two centuries (blame Angelique). The 1700s Barnabas is a handsome playboy who has inadvertently caused Angelique to fall in love him, but he is only interested in Josette, played by Bella Heathcote. We soon discover there’s more than meets the eye with Angelique when the buxom witch casts a spell on Josette, causing her to commit suicide and turns Barnabas into a vampire before hunting him down with a mob of angry townsfolk and burying him ‘alive’.
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