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I must start off by saying this movie was better then first thought but I have a hard time putting into a genre.
In the year 1752, Joshua and Naomi Collins, with young son Barnabas, set sail from Liverpool, England to start a new life in America. But even an ocean was not enough to escape the mysterious curse that has plagued their family. Two decades pass and Barnabas has the world at his feet -- or at least the town of Collinsport, Maine. The master of Collinwood Manor, Barnabas is rich, powerful and an inveterate playboy...until he makes the grave mistake of breaking the heart of Angelique Bouchard. A witch, in every sense of the word, Angelique dooms him to a fate worse than death: turning him into a vampire, and then burying him alive.
Two centuries later, Barnabas is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972. He returns to Collinwood Manor to find that his once-grand estate has fallen into ruin. The dysfunctional remnants of the Collins family have fared little better, each harboring their own dark secrets. Matriarch Elizabeth Collins Stoddard has called upon live-in psychiatrist, Dr. Julia Hoffman, to help with her family troubles. Also residing in the manor is Elizabeth`s ne`er-do-well brother, Roger Collins; her rebellious teenage daughter Carolyn Stoddard; and Roger`s precocious 10-year-old son, David Collins.
Now all the actors played their parts well and something about Deepe and Burton just work well. If your looking for a good laugh,this wont do it although it does have some chuckles it`s not a comedy in the scence. The story itself will keep you watching and that was a breath of fresh air in this day and age of CGI. Although you would think this would be a film for the hole family, you may want to re-think it. If you have a child 10 or younger you might want to find something more in line with their thoughts because Dark Shadows has a few scence not suited for young children. All in all I would give it 3.5 out of 5
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