Saturday, March 31, 2012

Fourth Shadows Movie TV Spot Released

Warner Bros have released a fourth TV trail for the Dark Shadows movie. The new spot begins airing in the US this weekend and can be viewed in the window above.

Screengrabs of some the new footage included can be seen below, showing the Collinwood mansion at night; Angelique (Eva Green) leading a mob through woodland; Collinwood at day; Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp) in an awkward encounter with Victoria Winters (Bella Heathcote); Barnabas on the prowl; And finally, a despairing Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (Michelle Pfeiffer). Click on the images for a larger view.

Friday, March 30, 2012

New Shadows Movie Banner Showcases Barnabas' Women

Warner Bros. have released a new banner image for the Dark Shadows movie, featuring Barnabas flanked by the film's leading ladies. Pictured are Eva Green as Angelique Bouchard,  Michelle Pfeiffer as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins, Helena Bonham Carter as Dr. Julia Hoffman and Chloe Grace Moretz as Carolyn Stoddard. Click on the picture for a larger view.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Dark Shadows DVD Updates

MPI Home Video have released cover art for the new budget-price reissues of their Dark Shadows episode DVD sets. As previously reported, the revised editions feature identical content to the original volumes in slimline cases with revised cover artwork. Some examples of the new designs can be seen above, and the whole range can be viewed via the links below. The sets are out in April and can be pre-ordered now.

Elsewhere, the much-anticipated Dark Shadows: The Complete Series DVD box set is now available to order again, with a new release date of April 10 listed. Amazon are offering the set at a discount price, saving nearly $180.00 on the retail price. To pre-order now, click here.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

New Shadows Movie Character Banners Released

Warner Bros. have released a new set of character banners for Dark Shadows, showcasing the movie's lead players. Pictured are Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins; Eva Green as Angelique Bouchard; Chloe Grace Moretz as Carolyn Stoddard; Bella Heathcote as Josette duPres; Michelle Pfeiffer as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, Helena Bonham Carter as Dr. Julia Hoffman; Gully McGrath as David Collins; Jonny Lee Miller as Roger Collins; and Jackie Earle Haley as Willie Loomis. Click on the images for larger views.


Shadows Movie News Digest

  • Water Tower Music have released cover artwork for May's Dark Shadows soundtrack album, presenting Danny Elfman's orchestral score from the new film. The CD can be pre-ordered now by clicking here.
  • Dark Shadows has been voted 'Best Production to work on' by the supporting artistes' union FFA. The film was awarded the title at the organisation's general meeting last weekend.
  • Warner Bros will be promoting Dark Shadows at the trade event CinemaCon, which takes place on April 24 in Las Vegas. The presentation is expected to include sneak peek footage from the movie with personnel from the film in attendance.
  • The Los Angeles Times' Hero Complex strand has published a set report from the Dark Shadows movie, interviewing several key players, including Johnny Depp and director Tim Burton. "If I go back and watch something like Star Trek, it's not that hard to analyze what the appeal was," says Burton. "The Dark Shadows appeal was a little more abstract. What I loved about it was the fact that it was a melodramatic soap opera, and, well, that flies in the face of any modern studio’s interests as far as moviemaking." Producer Richard D. Zanuck enthuses: "I've never seen a movie like this one; it's like no other. It's like five movies in one. It's a comedy, it's a romance, it's got special effects, it's got action, it's got some horror elements... It's got a lot of great things going for it. We just have to find a way to let people know what it is and what it offers." To read the full article, click here.
  • And finally, Warner Bros have released two new Dark Shadows publicity stills, which can be seen below. The images show Johnny Depp as a newly-released Barnabas, prowling the streets of Collinsport, plus a backstage snap of Depp and Tim Burton on the Collinwood set. 

© Warner Bros. Entertainment Ltd.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Los Angeles House Of Dark Shadows Screening

The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films have announced they will be holding a special free screening of the movie House of Dark Shadows, taking place in Los Angeles, California on Sunday April 1. The 1970 spin-off film will be shown on the big screen from an original 35mm print.

The event takes place at the Laemmle Royal Theater on Santa Monica Boulevard from 11.00am and is free to academy members, with limited seats available for the general public. Early arrival is advised to avoid disappointment. Babies and young children will not be admitted.

New Shadows Movie Trailer Features Barnabas' Arrival

As we reported earlier, an unseen one-minute television trailer for the Dark Shadows movie aired during Sunday's season premiere of Mad Men. The new trail can now be viewed in the window above, and includes additional sequences of Johnny Depp's Barnabas arriving at the present day Collinwood, a dangerous encounter with Angelique and a good old-fashioned vampire bite. Click on the images to see larger versions.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Barnabas Bares His Fangs In New Movie Trailer Images

As we reported yesterday, TV trails for the Dark Shadows movie have begun airing in the United States. Another promo for the film debuted last night during the high-profile season premiere of AMC's Mad Men. Courtesy of DSBoards, here are some more high resolution screengrabs of the new sequences featured in the second trail. Click on the images for a larger view.

The pictures show Johnny Depp as a ravenous Barnabas Collins, pouncing on a victim; Barnabas reacting to the twin horrors of the golden arches and a Collinsport pizzeria; the drawing room of Collinwood undergoing renovations; The dilapidated Collins family cannery; Barnabas trying to catch forty winks with an oblivious Mrs Johnson (Ray Shirley); And finally, Barnabas in consultation with Dr. Julia Hoffman (Helena Bonham Carter).

Picture of the Week: Old Friends Reunited

This week, Dark Shadows past meets Dark Shadows present in a special behind-the-scenes photograph from the set of the new movie, courtesy of actress Kathryn Leigh Scott (Maggie Evans). Kathryn and co-stars Jonathan Frid (Barnabas Collins), Lara Parker (Angelique) and David Selby (Quentin Collins) flew to England last summer to film a cameo scene and are seen here in costume backstage at Pinewood Studios. 

"Here we are, almost ready for our close-up," Kathryn tells us. "Lara and I still had to finish doing our hair!" Both Kathryn and Lara have written about their experiences on the set in the new book Dark Shadows: Return to Collinwood, which features more exclusive photos from the production. You can also keep up with Kathryn's latest activities by visiting her official website

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Two New Shadows Movie TV Spots

Two new television trails for the Dark Shadows movie have begun airing in the US, featuring more unseen footage not included in the initial trailer. Both can be viewed in the windows above, with screen captures of some of the added shots seen below. Click on the images for a larger view.

Shadows Movie Inspires Nail Polish Range

Nail care specialists Orly have announced that they will be releasing a limited edition collection of nail varnish colours to mark the release of the new Dark Shadows movie. The range is due to launch in May, just before the film's debut.

The four colours are: Grave Mistake (a macabre red), Buried Alive (a copper brown shimmer), Mysterious Curse (an iridescent purple) and Decades of Dysfunction (a creamy pink). The shades will be available at selected specialist outlets and can be ordered by clicking on the hyperlinked titles.

Friday, March 23, 2012

New Movie Still Unveils Barnabas' Portrait

Warner Bros have issued a new image from the Dark Shadows movie, showing Johnny Depp's Barnabas posing in the hall of Collinwood beneath his portrait. Click on the image for a larger view.

Image © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Shadows Movie News Round-Up

  • Dark Shadows movie screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith appeared at the WonderCon event last week, where he gave an update on the new movie: "We had a great test screening last week. It was nerve-wracking, but it played really, really well," he reveals to Collider. "Johnny [Depp] had such a good time making the movie, and so did Tim [Burton]... you can tell it when you watch." He also confirms that the running time for Dark Shadows will be under two hours. To see the full interview, click here. "The tone is a tricky one," he tells horror website Fearnet. "It goes back and forth... really dark sweeping epic. There is a lot of darker stuff... that's more in keeping with the original series. There's a quirky humour to it, but there's a darkness that pervades the entire film." For video of that chat, click here.
  • Elsewhere, actress Michelle Pfeiffer (Elizabeth Collins Stoddard) discusses her Dark Shadows role in the new issue of W magazine. The article features exclusive behind-the-scenes pictures from the film, each with Michelle's handwritten commentary.
  • And finally, Dark Shadows will be hitting the newsstands next month, when it makes the covers of horror magazines Fangoria and Famous Monsters of Filmland. Fangoria will feature interviews with director Tim Burton, Helena Bonham (Dr. Julia Hoffman) and original series actress Marie Wallace (Eve). Famous Monsters has interviewed all four of the actors making cameos in the new film – Jonathan Frid (Barnabas Collins), David Selby (Quentin Collins), Lara Parker (Angelique) and Kathryn Leigh Scott (Maggie Evans) – and rounds off its coverage with a Tim Burton chat.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Dark Shadows Festival Announces Summer Event

The Dark Shadows Festival has announced that it will be hosting a weekend of events this July in Tarrytown, New York, with guests from the original series. Saturday July 28 sees a fan day held at the Lyndhurst Estate, the location used for Collinwood in the original Dark Shadows movies, with a celebrity luncheon taking place in Tarrytown on Sunday July 29. 

Jonathan Frid (Barnabas Collins), Lara Parker (Angelique) and Kathryn Leigh Scott (Maggie Evans) will be in attendance, along with other surprise guests. The Saturday Lyndhurst activities include a tour of the estate, guest talks, autographs and a presentation from David Selby (Quentin Collins) giving his Dark Shadows movie memories via pre-recorded video. 

On the Sunday, the Festival will host a celebrity luncheon at the nearby DoubleTree Hotel, offering a three-course meal with the celebrity guests, door prizes and complimentary
Dark Shadows gift bag.

The Tarrytown DoubleTree Hotel is offering a discount rate for weekend bookings in conjunction with the event. For more information, telephone 914-631-5700 and mention Dark Shadows.

Full information and registration details will follow on the Festival's website in due course, and you can also receive advance information via mail, by sending a self addressed stamped envelope to Dark Shadows, P.O. Box 92, Maplewood, NJ 07040.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

New Dark Shadows Movie Character Posters

Warner Bros have issued nine new character posters for the new Dark Shadows movie, spotlighting each of the film's key players. Shown are Eva Green as Angelique; Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins; Bella Heathcote as Victoria Winters; Chloe Grace Moretz as Carolyn Stoddard; Gulliver McGrath as David Collins; Helena Bonham Carter as Dr. Julia Hoffman; Michelle Pfeiffer as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard; Jonny Lee Miller as Roger Collins; and Jackie Earle Haley as Willie Loomis. Click on the images for a larger view.