‘Dark Shadows’ Sets Trailer Premiere Date And Gets First Review

When it rains, it pours, I guess. After months without a peep from the world of Barnabas Collins, we now have an early review of Tim Burton’s “Dark Shadows” and a premiere date for the trailer.

With the release of Burton’s gothic soap opera remake less than two months away, it was beginning to seem like “Dark Shadows” only existed in the form of a few promotional photos. We hadn’t seen a single piece of footage before a promotional spot for the Ellen DeGeneres Show gave us a quick look before the full trailer debuts there on Thursday (March 15).

Well, the movie is real. So real, in fact, that one reader over at AICN saw it in a test screening and sent in a short review. The user, calling himself Psyclops, places the tone of the film firmly into comedic territory, something that remained unclear until now. He describes the story as a fish-out-of-water tale with Johnny Depp’s Barnabas Collins waking up in the 1970s, having been buried alive in the 1700s.

Summing up his recap, Psyclops liked the movie overall. “I don’t know if this version is anywhere close to what the source material was like, but I can honestly say that I really enjoyed it and that it does have some great laughs in it,” he wrote. “As long as the marketing stays true to the comedic nature of the movie and doesn’t try to sell it as purely a horror film, I can’t see this failing to be a hit.”

The reviewer did mention, however, that the romantic subplot between Barnabas and Bella Heathcoate’s character falls disappointingly flat.

Most importantly, it sounds like “Dark Shadows” could make it’s frighteningly soon May 11 release date. That it might actually be pretty good is an added bonus at this point.

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