“Dark Shadows”: Burton and Depp Continue Their Sultry Tango

PG-13 for sex-fights, tapered vampire fingers, tiny songstresses who may or may not reveal themselves

Release Date: May 11, 2012


Let’s now raise a glass and toast these two star-crossed lovers, these cinematic soul mates, this director of creepy movies and this good-looking creep who stars in them – ladies and gentlemen, Tim and Johnny.

When they first joined forces in 1990’s Edward Scissorhands, we knew that we were seeing something rare and special – namely, a guy with scissors for hands. But the weird was just getting started: From 1994’s Ed Wood to kid-lit adaptations Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Alice in Wonderland, Tim and Johnny have always been there, pushing us out of our comfort zone, making us ask “What is normal?” and then hastily answer “Definitely not this.”

So here we stand, in 2012, with Depp and Burton celebrating their long marriage of hyper-stylized filmmaking by mashing together two of the most stylized styles around – vampires and the 1970s. I’ll drink to that.

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