Well, I was looking forward to Tim Burton’s upcoming film Dark Shadows …
After waiting months and months for any hint of a teaser, the full blown trailer arrived out of nowhere last night. And man what a fucking disappointment it is.
Ok seriously, Tim Burton, what the hell? This was your chance to make a serious film for Dark Shadows fans and you’ve completely blown it.
I mean this has to be some kind of joke, right? Nobody asked for “Austin Powers with Fangs,” as the Boston Herald puts it.
Yes, we know Dark Shadows was a campy, low-budget soap opera, but it wasn’t this ( whatever the hell “this” is). The original TV show had more integrity than that.
Despite its limitations, Dark Shadows at least tried to be a serious show and stuck to its unique (at the time) formula of horror, mystery and romance. It was never considered a comedy (well, at least not intentionally) and never had to resort to cheap jokes.
I love Tim Burton and all, but this makes two films in a row now ( Alice in Wonderland ) where he’s completely missed the mark and ruined beloved characters and fandoms with his flamboyant, style-over-substance treatment of the material.
Oh well. I guess we’ll always have the original Dark Shadows to fall back on.