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Subject: OT Dark Shadows the movie
Date Posted: 5/14/2012 4:29 PM ET
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Okay  I know there are some Dark Shadows fans here on the forum.  I just saw it today and was wondering if anyone else has seen it yet?  I thought it was great fun, but I think if you aren't already a fan  you won't  "get it".  I loved all the 70s music too.

Date Posted: 5/14/2012 4:49 PM ET
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I'm not going to see it. I'd get too ticked off watching them make a mockery of the old show and storylines.

Date Posted: 5/14/2012 6:03 PM ET
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DH is all amped up to go see it, but I wasn't a fan of the show, so I'm glad to know I won't "get it" and now have a great excuse to not go with him.  Thanks, Cheryl!

Date Posted: 5/14/2012 9:09 PM ET
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I was a hugh fan in the 70's but like Cathy said...I'm afraid this movie is just not going to live up. The trailers do make it look like a mockery.  I think I'll just check out the old TV episodes from the library and watch them.

Date Posted: 5/15/2012 7:00 AM ET
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The trailers made me cringe a little bit,...but here's Jeri Westerson's review of the movie, from her Facebook page:

 

Well, kids. It's not at all as they are advertising it. It isn't played for laughs, but attempts to keep it in the soap opera-y vein (heh), even to the point of staging the actors to face the camera when another actor comes up behind them while they "Act." That being said, they do throw in the jokes, which comes off as odd, as does the portrayal and make-up of Johnny Depp. Sorry, but if you want to respect the material and the fans, play the damned thing straight. It's got enough gothic horror in the story going for it already. In fact, the jokeiness of portions of it just come off uneven and forced.

Jonathan Frid had a cameo: he's one of the party guests coming through the front door as Johnny Depp welcomes them to Collinswood. I used to watch the show when I got home from school, but I don't know that I could recall one episode or storyline. Although the movie seemed to me to be the whole thing in a nutshell, which was fine, though the plot was a bit choppy, as if they edited a boatload out of there. 

All in all, it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, but it wasn't as good as it should have been

 

ETA: I had to make Jeri's part larger.  I think it might be fun to see...I think it's very cool that they included Jonathan Frid.  I wish they had worked more of the original cast in!



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Date Posted: 5/15/2012 9:32 AM ET
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My kids went and they have seen the re-runs on TV, they all loved it.  I hate going to the theaters to see movies anyway so I think I will wait to rent the DVD.

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Date Posted: 5/16/2012 12:37 PM ET
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Saw the movie for Mother's Day. I went with low expectations so it wasn't a total disappointment. Music and Alice Cooper was fun. I would give it 5 out of 10. Johnny Depp was pretty good.

Alice

Date Posted: 5/30/2012 4:39 PM ET
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I remember the Dark Shadows show from way back though I didnt really watch it much.  But I am not seeing the move.  Johnny Dripp, uh Depp, is the kiss of death for me.  The only movie he ever did that I could come close to tolerating was when he was the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland.