New Dark Shadows Image Reveals Staring Contest Between Johnny Depp and Eva Green
02.16.12 by Ryan
It's been a little while since we saw a new pic from Dark Shadows, director Tim Burton's adaptation of the Gothic soap opera, the most recent image being Johnny Depp as the vampire Barnabas Collins that arrived last month. To help fill the void, Shock Till You Drop has found a new still from European site Luces Camara Y Blog that features Depp staring down Eva Green's character of Angelique Brouchard, the witch that cursed Barnabas into being a vampire.
Dark Shadows was adapted by Seth Grahame-Smith, who knows something about looking at the horror genre with a sense of humor after writing the best-selling mash-up novels Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Killer (and writing the screenplay for the latter). In a conversation with BadAss Digest, Grahame-Smith said the tone of the movie is "soap operatic" — which makes sense considering the source material — that has a "an absurdist element to it."
The tone of the movie is soap operatic. It's heightened. Everything is heightened and grand. Johnny is just dug in and big. [Starts hamming it up] "Didn't you see? How... could you? My god, woman!" There's an absurdist element to it. It's very funny. I don't think people are expecting it to be as funny as it is.
While Grahame-Smith admits that Dark Shadows won't be a gory exercise, that doesn't mean there won't be some surprises in it. "It's PG-13, so there's not gore, there are no hardcore scares, but there's some crazy Barnabas vampire s**t in this movie that will surprise people in terms of its ferocity," said the writer.
Besides Depp and Green, the cast of Dark Shadows includes Michelle Pfeiffer as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, Helena Bonham Carter as Dr. Julia Hoffman, Bella Heathcoate as Victoria Winters, Chloë Moretz as Carolyn Stoddard, Jonny Lee Miller as Roger Collins, Gulliver McGrath as David Collins, Jackie Earle Hayley as Willie Loomis, and Thomas McDonell as young Barnabas.