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Running Time 113 min
Release Date May 11, 2012
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Dark Shadows

In the year 1752, Joshua and Naomi Collins, with young son Barnabas, set sail from Liverpool, England to start a new life in America. Two decades pass and Barnabas 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. A witch, in every sense of the word, Angelique dooms him to a fate worse than death: turning him into… Show more

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May 11, 2012 - Boston.com - Ty Burr, Globe Staff

You know you’re in good hands almost from the start. After the long, lugubrious opening sequence set in 18th-century Collinsport has established the ghastly back story of Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp) and the curse that has rendered him a bloodsucking creature of the night, “Dark Shadows” whisks us forward to the ultra-modern year of . . . 1972. A speeding train cuts through the Maine woods in a swooping aerial shot. Aboard the train is a pretty young woman (Bella Heathcote) with saucer eyes and a pageboy flip. The colors are soft, almost washed out — the palette of a low-budget Hammer horror film from 4½ decades ago. On the soundtrack, the lonely strum of the Moody Blues’ “Nights in White Satin” erupts like a slow-motion bloom.

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