Everything I've heard indicates it is a somewhat typical Burton piss-take. And while I can certainly understand sending up elements of Dark Shadows
- come on, I know every inch of that show by heart and love it to death but it asks for it due to the sheer scope and depth of its day-to-day lunacy - I'm not at all sure I'll like this, despite the wonderful cast that's been assembled. The problem is that Burton just cranks these movies out now, regardless of what the property is - they all follow a very rote formula for him, they all make big money, and they feel increasingly hollow and cynical. He's been like this for me since the horrible Planet of the Apes
remake, and the only film of his I've liked since was Sweeney Todd,
which he actually took seriously. I also don't think he'd really be capable of making the two Batman films he made today. Too serious, even Batman Returns,
which had a very dark core. And yet, the dark, seriocomic tone of that film is what I think would work best for DS. But I think Burton has become way too broad and cheap now - and while the trailer does sound kind of fun, it also sounds like Tim Burton's worst excesses.Dark Shadows
is a very strange, delicate, at times silly, often ridiculous property; you can send it up, you can play it straight, but I think it's best to go straight down the middle between the two given everything in its lexicon. They could easily have launched a TV revival with a young cast, updated for today. This just seems like sheer spoof, and I think that's a mistake. DS is at its best when it's taking itself seriously, even when the material and trappings are ridiculous. You're laughing at times, but you do care, and sometimes the kids are even scared.
Anyway, I don't think these have been linked yet: The original cast on the set, including Kathryn Leigh Scott chilling with Alice Cooper.
They all look fantastic. I don't think Lara Parker has aged a day since the one time I met her in the late '90s as a teenager.
Edited by jase-bot, Mar 4, 2012 @ 4:45 PM.