Oh, come on… What the f*ck? Why is it every Tim Burton film has to turn into some kind of perverse drag show for Johnny Depp to parade around in horrible clothes and makeup? Why must the pairing of these two men always equal Johnny Depp hiding behind some ridiculous getup? Alright, maybe I’m overreacting here. Obviously it’s just the blue sunglasses, white-as-chalk makeup and cartoonish sideburns that are throwing me off. The rest of the outfit really doesn’t look that bad… Also, I’m taking these photos completely out of context, but from the looks of things, the movie seems to be less on par with Tim Burton’s sleeper classic Sleepy Hollow and more in line with the recent trend of films that he’s done. It’s like Johnny Depp’s role in Alice in Wonderland meets his role in Sweeney Todd or something.
Hit the jump to see the official synopsis of Dark Shadows and set photos featuring a clown.[Via Collider]
In the year 1752, Joshua and Naomi Collins, with young son Barnabas, set sail from Liverpool, England to start a new life in America. But even an ocean was not enough to escape the mysterious curse that has plagued their family. Two decades pass and Barnabas (Johnny Depp) has the world at his feet—or at least the town of Collinsport, Maine. The master of Collinwood Manor, Barnabas is rich, powerful and an inveterate playboy…until he makes the grave mistake of 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.
Two centuries later, Barnabas is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972. He returns to Collinwood Manor to find that his once-grand estate has fallen into ruin. The dysfunctional remnants of the Collins family have fared little better, each harboring their own dark secrets. Matriarch Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (Michelle Pfeiffer) has called upon live-in psychiatrist, Dr. Julia Hoffman (Helena Bonham Carter), to help with her family troubles.
Also residing in the manor is Elizabeth’s ne’er-do-well brother, Roger Collins, (Jonny Lee Miller); her rebellious teenage daughter Carolyn Stoddard (Chloe Moretz); and Roger’s precocious 10-year-old son, David Collins (Gulliver McGrath). The mystery extends beyond the family, to caretaker Willie Loomis, played by Jackie Earle Haley, and David’s new nanny, Victoria Winters, played by Bella Heathcote.