If you’ve never seen the original “Dark Shadows”, it’s actually worth catching on Netflix, if for no other reason than to see what would happen if Hammer Films were forced to make a soap opera on a tiny, tiny budget. Despite that, there are actually some pretty good moments in it, and if nothing else, it’ll cheerfully go completely insane on a regular basis. Let’s go back in time to the 1760s! Let’s throw in a Frankenstein because why not? Stuff like that.
The movie, on the other hand, comes off like a contractual obligation, at least on Tim Burton’s part. In fact, we’re kind of wondering if Burton was actually involved at all, or if this was churned out by some no-name hack and Burton put his name on it for a few bucks. It’s a mixture of tired fish-out-of-water jokes and tired ’70s jokes, or as MST3K put it “two bad things put together to make something awful!”
Either way, the trailer is under the jump, for you to judge for yourself.
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