May. 16, 2012 - Issue #865: Road Trips
There's much more bloody potential here for dark comedy (and shaded emotions) than we're lightly spattered with. The counter-culture-clash of 18th-century bloodsucker and the trippy-hippie '70s is only tickled for a few laughs ... nothing artery-deep. From the new governess (Bella Heathcote) whose childhood's far too disturbing to the bland matriarch (Michelle Pfeiffer), most characters are overstuffed or underused. Dark Shadows offers no zany flourishes, dashing touches or striking shots. The director of Beetlejuice and writer of A Nightmare Before Christmas needed to go back two decades and conjure up the black-humour magic of those movies.
Directed by Tim Burton
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