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Dark Shadows is a movie adaptation of the TV series of the same name by Tim Burton, with Johnny Depp realizing his childhood dream of portraying the Affably Evil Barnabas Collins, who's been turned into a vampire by Angelique, a witch, for rejecting her love. He is locked in an iron coffin and buried alive. He escapes 200 years later in the early seventies, and goes to help out his declining family's descendants and confront Angelique once more.

Released in the Summer of 2012, unlike the series, the film is more comedic in tone, similar to early Burton films such as Beetlejuice.


The 2012 film provides examples of:

 Angelique: Go on, slaughter me. Show them who you are.

Barnabas: No... I shall show them who we are.

  • Bittersweet Ending: Angelique is dead and Barnabas succeeds in turning Victoria/Maggie into a vampire so that they can be together forever, but Collinwood Manor and the fishery are burned to the ground and the Collins family are now even less liked by the townsfolk.
  • Black Comedy: What this mostly is, though there's also tragedy, horror and romance elements scattered throughout.
  • Black and Gray Morality: Barnabas kills many innocent people (to feed his bloodlust) and freely uses mind control to force others to serve him. But Angelique is considerably worse, spending two whole centuries tormenting a family simply because Barnabas rejected her.
  • Blessed with Suck: Maggie, whose ability to talk to ghosts is misunderstood by her parents, leading to her institutionalization.
  • Blondes Are Evil: The 1970s Angelique (she originally had brown hair).
  • Bookcase Passage / Secret Underground Passage: You didn't expect a haunted old manor to have one of these, did you? Also Discussed and Lampshaded.
  • Book Ends: Barnabas begins and ends the movie with monologues about how blood is Thicker Than Water. Also leaping off the cliff after his love interest does the same.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Carolyn. Bratty, teen, and a werewolf.
  • Brick Joke: In the movie's prologue, the "M" in Mephistopheles' name looks suspiciously like the McDonald's "M." After Barnabas is unearthed in 1972, he looks up and exclaims "Mephistopheles!" as he sees a McDonald's sign.
  • Broken Bird: Maggie/ Victoria. She gets better though.
  • Buried Alive: Well, Barnabas is a vampire so technically he's undead, but it certainly counts.
  • The Cameo: Alice Cooper.
  • Casting Gag: Some people probably laughed upon finding out Chloe Moretz of was playing a werewolf.
  • Catapult Nightmare: Victoria dreams of being committed.
  • Cerebus Rollercoaster: The movie starts off dark, then swiftly becomes more and more comedic until the final showdown, which is very creepy, dramatic, and almost devoid of humorous moments.
  • Charm Person: One of Barnabas' abilities. Also Angelique, who caused Josette's suicide with a spell. She uses the same spell on Maggie/Victoria at the end.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: Angelique flaunts one as she says, "Hello, Barnabas. Remember me?"
  • The Colonial Period: The story starts at the end of this period, shortly before The American Revolution.
  • Composite Character: This film's Victoria Winters is both the original Victoria and Maggie Evans. Serves as a Mythology Gag as during the original series, both characters were identified as the reincarnation of Josette at different times.
    • Also, Angelique is both the original Angelique and Burke Devlin, who, in the first season of the original series, was building up a rival fishery to bring down the Collins family out of revenge. Of course, having had 200 years (and magic), Angelique is far more successful.
  • Creepy Long Fingers: Barnabas develops these when Angelique curses him to become a vampire.
  • Crucified Hero Shot: Inverted. After having been smashed against a chandelier, the villainous Angelique dies in a crucifixion pose.
  • Cry for the Devil: One may feel sympathy towards Angelique - sure, her actions have been downright evil and she's a Manipulative Bastard, but she's also been repeatedly rejected by Barnabas and according to him, she "cannot love".
  • Cursed with Awesome:
    • Barnabas. Sure he can't endure sunlight, but he's gained immortality and vampiric powers.
    • Carolyn, who's been turned into a werewolf.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: While arguing at the table, David mentions that Carolyn touches herself and moans 'like a kitten'.
  • Denser and Wackier
  • Deadpan Snarker: Barnabas.
    • Elizabeth too.

 (About Dr. Hoffman) "She's probably sleeping off one of her legendary hangovers."

  • Death Glare: Angelique does this many times. As does Barnabas when he's really mad at someone.
  • Destructive Romance: Angelique's desire for Barnabas is ultimately what breaks her and leads to her demise.
  • Destructo-Nookie: Barnabas and Angelique trash the latter's office while making love.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Unless you picked up on the very subtle Foreshadowing, Carolyn being unveiled as a werewolf probably came a bit out of nowhere.
  • Dug Too Deep: Barnabas is released when his coffin is dug up by construction workers.
  • Easily Forgiven: Whilst not quite forgiven, you'd think that Barnabas would be a bit more angry at Angelique for locking him in a coffin for 200 - no, wait, 196 years.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Both Barnabas and David Collins. And Victoria after being turned into a vampire.
  • Electric Torture: Maggie was treated by electroshock therapy when she was confined in a mental hospital.
  • Emergency Transformation: Barnabas bites Maggie and transforms her into a vampire to save her from a fall off the cliff at the end.
  • Engineered Public Confession: Angelique records Barnabas' confession of killing the construction workers and the hippies, and plays it out loud to the crowd gathering near the burning Collins factory (which she destroyed using black magic).
  • Europeans Are Kinky: Angelique has French origins, and boy is she straightforward in sexual matters.
  • Everyone Looks Sexier If French: Angelique's French origins may have something to do with her being presented as a smolderingly hot seductress.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Angelique is by far the largest ham in the movie.
  • Fake American: Played with and justified in-universe. At the beginning, Angelique speaks with a French accent, but develops an American pronunciation to help her blend in the ever-changing society. Barnabas, on the other hand, missed out the last 200 years of the language's evolution in America, and still speaks like a Brit.
    • Helena Bonham Carter plays this straight and does an excellent job with the accent.
  • Fantastic Romance: Barnabas and Angelique/Victoria/Dr. Hoffmann.
  • Femme Fatale: Angelique, again.
  • Femme Fatalons: Angelique's. Barnabas has the male version.
  • Final Battle: In which Carolyn is revealed to be a werewolf, Angelique is killed by the ghost of David's mother, and Collinswood Manor is destroyed.
  • Fish Out of Temporal Water: Barnabas. His responses to the notoriously-tacky 70s is a major source of the movie's humor.
  • Florence Nightingale Effect: Dr. Hoffmann falls for her patient Barnabas. Later subverted, as it's revealed that she is more interested in his vampire blood than his personality.
  • Foe Yay: Stacks of it with Barnabas and Angelique. They hate each other, but quite obviously lust for each other.
  • Foreshadowing: Carolyn being a werewolf: The first time we see Carolyn she's wearing a very short dress (when she transforms her legs change so much they rip her tights); the second time she's eating under a painting of a full moon and her cousin says she makes animal noises at night.
    • Dr. Hoffman becoming a vampire (tenuous): She's always wearing red and she's always thirsty.
  • Freaky Is Cool: Of all people, David likes Barnabas the most.
  • French Jerk: Angelique is a rare female example.
  • French Maid: Played with. 18th-century Angelique lacks the uniform, but has the flirtatious attitude associated with the stereotype.
  • Funny Foreigner: Barnabas comes off as this due to a combination of Fish Out of Temporal Water and his Fake Brit accent.
  • Fur Against Fang: Played with. It's werewolf vs. witch, and the werewolf is fighting on the vampire's side.
  • Gender Blender Name: Alice Cooper is the "ugliest woman" Barnabas has ever seen.
  • The Good Guys Always Win: Although would've been a Near Villain Victory, if not for the ghost of David's mother.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Angelique.
  • Haunted Heroine: Maggie/Victoria, quite literally.
  • Haunted House
  • Have a Gay Old Time: Barnabas suggests the Collins family throw a ball. Cue "We always had the biggest, most wonderful balls" and "This family could use some balls".
  • Hollywood New England: Both flavors (refined but decaying "Codfish Aristocracy" and gruff fishermen).
  • Hot Witch: Angelique.
  • Identical Grandson: Maggie is probably a descendant of Josette's family, hence the resemblance between the two and the fact that Maggie can see the ghost of Josette.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: Probably what Angelique was thinking when she locked Barnabas in that coffin; the first and second time.
  • If I Can't Have You

  Angelique: If I can't have you, I'll destroy you. And your family.

 Barnabas: Mephistopheles!

    • Wheaties are awfully prominent on the Collins's breakfast table.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Johnny Depp. Tim Burton, too.
  • Protagonist-Centered Morality: Angelique is portrayed as a Complete Monster for the way she terrorizes Barnabas and his family; but Barnabas' unethical actions (such as mind control and murder) tend to be glossed over.
  • Psychotic Lover: Angelique, and how.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Angelique can be seen to be wearing one as she excuses herself to march into Collinswood Manor and face off against Barnabas in what would be the Final Battle.
  • Really 200 Years Old: Angelique. And Barnabas, of course.
  • Reincarnation Romance: Barnabas finally ends up with Maggie, in whom Josette is apparently reincarnated.
  • Remake Cameo: Jonathan Frid, Lara Parker, David Selby and Kathryn Leigh Scott, who played Barnabas Collins, Angelique, Quentin Collins and Josette DuPres in the original Dark Shadows, appear in the ball at Collinwood Manor. This was the last role for Jonathan Frid, who died less than a month before the film opened.
  • The Renfield: Willie the butler becomes this after Barnabas hypnotizes him.
  • The Reveal: The climatic fight reveals that Carolyn is a werewolf.
  • Revenge by Proxy: Angelique has spent the last two hundred years ruining the Collins family as revenge against Barnabas for spurning her. When he escapes his coffin, she steps up her efforts.
  • Scenery Porn: Copious beautiful shots of woods, lakes, and cliffs. Also the interior of the mansion.
  • Sequel Hook: In the final scene of the film, Dr Hoffman is shown underwater opening her eyes, implying she was successfully turned into a vampire and thus will probably be back to give Barnabas grief. For fun, this scene recalls a shot of the drowned Shelley Winters, in 1955's Night of the Hunter.
  • The Seventies: Turned Up to Eleven.
  • Shaggy Search Technique: Roger unsuccessfully attempts this to find the hidden treasure room. Barnabas is not amused.
  • Ship Sinking: Barnabas and Angelique, when she dies after being attacked by the ghost of David's mother.
  • Ship Tease: A lot between Barnabas and Angelique.
  • Shout-Out:
    • At one point Angelique spews out green vomit at Barnabas, as the possessed Regan did in The Exorcist.
    • During the finale, part of the staircase comes alive as a snakelike beast, similar to Beetle Juice.
    • Dr. Hoffman and Barnabas have a conversation about how filthy and disgusting life in England was. Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter were the two leads in SweeneyTodd, which is set in such a place in London.
  • "Shut Up" Kiss: Angelique gives Barnabas one in an early scene between them, leaving a lipstick mark around his mouth.
  • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Trailer: Bella Heathcote gets a few seconds as Josette and none as Victoria.
  • Smoking Hot Sex: Angelique lights up afterwards.
  • Supernatural Proof Mother: Elizabeth, to the point of hiring a psychologist to examine David. And then came Barnabas...
  • Table Space: Carolyn eats at the far end of the table.
  • Title Drop: Once, by Barnabas.
  • Town with a Dark Secret: Collinsport. The curse surrounding the Collins family is, however, unknown to the townsfolk.
  • Trash the Set: Collinwood manor burns to the ground during Barnabas and Angelique's Final Battle.
    • Johnny Depp mentions in an interview that the filming of his and Eva Green's sex scene resulted in a lot of trashed hotel rooms.
  • Vampire Bites Suck: No other way of putting it.
  • Vampire Vannabe: Dr. Hoffman is using Barnabas' blood to turn herself into a vampire in order to stop her aging.
  • Vampires Are Rich: In his life, Barnabas was the heir of an affluent colonial family. Over time, the family fortune dwindled, but fortunately Barnabas' father left behind some treasure.
  • Vampires Are Sex Gods: Barnabas used to be quite handsome and knew his way with the ladies. His undead appearance may be freaky and creepy, but he still has romantic encounters of varying depth with three female characters.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Angelique.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Angelique vomits green, bug-filled slime onto Barnabas a la The Exorcist.
  • Wall-Bang Her: And ceiling, couch, and floor bang her.
  • We Can Rule Together: Angelique tells Barnabas several times she likes the idea of the two of them ruling over Collinsport together as two super-powered immortals, but he refuses.

 Angelique: I'm going to offer you a business proposal, Barnabas. My final offer; either you agree to rule this little pond of mine side by side, partners and lovers...Or I put you back in the box.

Barnabas: I have already prepared my counter-proposal. It reads thusly: You may strategically place your wonderful lips upon my posterior and kiss it repeatedly!

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