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"Dark Shadows" is a movie, based upon the cult classic television series, that is directed by Tim Burton and features an all-star cast, led by Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer and Helena Bonham Carter.

In the year 1750, Joshua and Naomi Collins, with young son Barnabas, set sail from England to start a new life in America, where they build a fishing empire in the coastal Maine town that comes to carry their name: Collinsport. Two decades pass and Barnabas (Johnny Depp) has the world at his feet. The master of Collinwood Manor, Barnabas is rich, powerful and an inveterate playboy…until he makes the grave mistake of falling in love with a beauty named Josette DuPres (Bella Heathcote) and breaking the heart of Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green). A witch in every sense of the word, Angelique dooms him to a fate worse than death — turning him into a vampire, and then burying him … alive.

Nearly two centuries later, Barnabas is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972, a stranger in an even stranger time.

Returning to Collinwood Manor, he finds that his once-grand estate has fallen into ruin, and the dysfunctional remnants of the Collins family have fared little better, each harboring their own dark secrets.

Family matriarch Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (Michelle Pfeiffer) is the one person Barnabas entrusts with the truth of his identity. But his rather odd and anachronistic behavior immediately raises the suspicions of the live-in psychiatrist, Dr. Julia Hoffman (Helena Bonham Carter), who has no idea what kind of problems she's really digging up.

As Barnabas sets out to restore his family name to its former glory, one thing stands in his way: Collinsport's leading denizen, who goes by the name Angie…and who bears a striking resemblance to a very old acquaintance of Barnabas Collins.

Also residing in Collinwood Manor are Elizabeth's ne'er-do-well brother, Roger Collins, (Jonny Lee Miller); her rebellious teenage daughter Carolyn Stoddard (Chloë Grace Moretz); and Roger's precocious 10-year-old son, David Collins (Gully McGrath).

The long-suffering caretaker of Collinwood is Willie Loomis (Jackie Earle Haley), and new to the Collins' employ is David's nanny, Victoria Winters (Bella Heathcote), who is, mysteriously, the mirror image of Barnabas' one true love, Josette.

"Dark Shadows" is a Warner Bros. Pictures presentation in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, an Infinitum Nihil/GK Films/Zanuck Company production. Burton directed "Dark Shadows" from a screenplay by Seth Grahame-Smith, based upon a story by John August and Grahame-Smith, based on the television series created by Dan Curtis. The producers are Oscar winner Richard D. Zanuck ("Alice in Wonderland," "Driving Miss Daisy"), Oscar winner Graham King, ("Rango," "The Departed"), Johnny Depp, Christi Dembrowski, and David Kennedy. The executive producers are Chris Lebenzon, Nigel Gostelow, Tim Headington, and Bruce Berman.

The behind-the-scenes creative team includes cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel, Oscar-winning production designer Rick Heinrichs ("Sleepy Hollow"), Oscar-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood ("Alice in Wonderland") and editor Chris Lebenzon. The score was composed by four-time Oscar nominee Danny Elfman ("Milk," "Big Fish," "Men in Black," "Good Will Hunting").

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Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 113 mins.
Release Date: May 11, 2012
Tagline: Every family has its demons.
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures
Production Companies:
Village Roadshow Pictures
Infinitum Nihil
GK Films
Zanuck Company

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