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Tim Burton's Dark Shadows – coming May 11

Pinewood Studios

Since the mid-30′s, some of the greatest films of all-time have been a part of Pinewood Studios in the UK. Currently filming on the 007 Stage is the newest Bond film, Skyfall with Daniel Craig and Dame Judi Dench. Just this past year, Pinewood has been the home to the likes of Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows, Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, the BBC One drama, New Tricks, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Hugo, The Woman in Black, Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Coming up this year will be Les Miserables, directed by Tom Hooper, Academy Award winner director of The King’s Speech.

Not that all of these pale in comparison to what’s coming but…Pinewood was also the home this past year for the long-awaited Tim Burton redo of the 60′s television classic, Dark Shadows. Judging from the trailer below, this is going to be so great, so Tim Burton and so Johnny Depp.

Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows – coming May 11

Filmed entirely in the UK, the cult classic television series comes to the big screen on 11 May. Starring the greatness of Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Jackie Earle Haley and Jonny Lee Miller, Burton’s Dark Shadows tells the story of vampire Barnabas Collins, who returns to his ancestral home only to encounter a group of relatively dysfunctional family members. Unfortunately, for Barnabas, he left Liverpool in 1752 but doesn’t make it to Collinsport, Maine until 1972.

The cool thing about the film, besides the fact that it’s the greatness of Burton and Depp, is that four cast members from the original 60′s television series, Jonathan Frid (Barnabas), Kathryn Leigh Scott (Maggie Evans and Josette du Pres), Lara Parker (Angelique) and David Selby (Quentin Collins) spent several days at Pinewood filming cameos….along with Alice Cooper.

What do you think? Are you ready for some Dark Shadows on May 11?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpWvkFlyl4M

  • http://twitter.com/crayoh Carrie Nance

    Never saw the original DS.  Was not sure what to expect with the movie until I saw an ad on tv for it last night.  I was utterly gobsmacked and am now super excited to see this.  The Alice Cooper bit made me laugh, too.  This looks like a movie to see with friends after a couple of drinks.

  • http://twitter.com/crayoh Carrie Nance

    Never saw the original DS.  Was not sure what to expect with the movie until I saw an ad on tv for it last night.  I was utterly gobsmacked and am now super excited to see this.  The Alice Cooper bit made me laugh, too.  This looks like a movie to see with friends after a couple of drinks.

  • jt

    I am one of the many original fans of the original series which began filming in the late 1960s.  Dark Shadows came to us during a time of great social and political unrest, and it was a great escape.  I have the entire series on tape, and I have been to the Festivals, both in Los Angeles and New York.  I prefer the New York venue.  There is a Fest every summer in August, and if you were/are a true fan, it is wonderful to attend.

    At the time DS was on the air, I was still in school, as were so many of the viewers who tuned in Monday through Friday to watch this great Gothic soap.  We all say the same thing…we used to literally run home from school to watch, as it came on at 3 o’ clock, just as school let out.  It aired on ABC, and following it was the other of my two favourite shows of my youth…the incomparable I Love Lucy.  What a great hour of television that was each weekday afternoon!  Friday always seemed to be something of a cliff hanger, and we could not wait for Monday afternoon to come.  The weekends always seemed horribly long and unbearable!

    I just hope this film does not stray far from the series.  It was a wonderful series that was well cast all the way around.  I look forward to seeing the film, though.  Fingers crossed that it is good.

  • jt

    I am one of the many original fans of the original series which began filming in the late 1960s.  Dark Shadows came to us during a time of great social and political unrest, and it was a great escape.  I have the entire series on tape, and I have been to the Festivals, both in Los Angeles and New York.  I prefer the New York venue.  There is a Fest every summer in August, and if you were/are a true fan, it is wonderful to attend.

    At the time DS was on the air, I was still in school, as were so many of the viewers who tuned in Monday through Friday to watch this great Gothic soap.  We all say the same thing…we used to literally run home from school to watch, as it came on at 3 o’ clock, just as school let out.  It aired on ABC, and following it was the other of my two favourite shows of my youth…the incomparable I Love Lucy.  What a great hour of television that was each weekday afternoon!  Friday always seemed to be something of a cliff hanger, and we could not wait for Monday afternoon to come.  The weekends always seemed horribly long and unbearable!

    I just hope this film does not stray far from the series.  It was a wonderful series that was well cast all the way around.  I look forward to seeing the film, though.  Fingers crossed that it is good.

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