Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeiffer Get Into Character on the Set of Tim Burton's Dark Shadows Adaptation
10.26.11 by BJSprecher
Apparently, superstar actor Johnny Depp wasn't just showing off his knowledge of early horror cinema when he recently revealed that his take on the vampire Barnabas Collins in director Tim Burton's Dark Shadows adaptation was inspired by "classic" movie vampires like Max Schreck in Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror. Empire recently released two new photos from the set of the movie — one featuring Depp as Collins, who was awakened in the 1970s after a 200-year slumber; the other featuring Michelle Pfeiffer as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, the matriarch of the Collins family in the '70s — and Depp's splayed (and sufficiently bloodied) talon-like fingers in one of the images immediately brings to mind that classic image of Nosferatu ascending the stairs from the 1922 movie.
Dark Shadows is based on the cult 1960s gothic soap opera of the same name that ran for 1,225 episodes. It was adapted for the screen by Seth Grahame-Smith, the best-selling author of the popular horror novels Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Killer. The cast includes Helena Bonham Carter, Chloe Moretz, Eva Green, Gulliver McGrath, Bella Heathcoate, Jackie Earle Hayley, Jonny Lee Miller, and Ray Shirley. It is slated to open May 11, 2012.