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Monday, July 1, 2013

Dark Shadows (2012) - Review

The returns on the Tim Burton/Johnny Depp collaborations are shrinking by the outing.  This vampire tale had a great deal of previous material to work with going in, but no clear solution what to do with it.  The story is of Barnabas, a vampire imprisoned in his coffin for hundreds of years by a jealous witch, who is accidentally set free and unleashed on the 1970's.  Sounds like a the premise for some great hijinks.  Unfortunately it is unsure of what kind of film it wants to be.  Part horror, part comedy with zero luck blending the two genres.  It also lacks lacks an interesting storyline or much else to latch onto.  A few years back Tim Burton's name on a film used to mean "must see," lately that has transitioned to "must rent... to be let down in the comfort of my own home."  4.5 out of 10

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