Dark Shadows 2: My Thoughts
There has been talk about a sequel to last year's Dark Shadows. Here are my thoughts on how it could succeed.
Now, I want to start off by saying that I have not seen a single episode of the original Dark Shadows show. I have only minimal knowledge about it besides what I saw in the 2012 film, which I enjoyed. So to any Dark Shadows fans that are reading this, I apologize in advance. And to all of you who may say I shouldn't be writing this because I'm not a fan, calm down. I'm writing about the sequel to a movie I enjoyed. Plus, this is more of an article about how the studio should handle the film.
So, last year, Tim Burton's reboot of the Dark Shadows franchise was released. When I saw the trailer, I was intrigued. A Tim Burton comedy film about vampires, starring Johnny Depp. "This could be cool" I thought to myself. As the release date got closer, I was unsure as to whether I would actually see it. Not because I had lost interest, but because I was pretty sure that every time I went to the theatre, I would end up just going to see the Avengers again. But, I ended up going to see it, and I have to say, I'm glad. I had seen the Avengers twice and decided maybe I would go see it a third time another day. So I went in to see the Tim Burton vampire comedy that had caught my interest a few months earlier.
I enjoyed the movie a lot more than I thought I would. I had fun with a lot of the humor and the classic vampire elements that Tim Burton put into the film. I did think that once it got to the third act it dragged, but overall I would give it three stars. It was funny, had some classic horror moments, and most importantly, was entertaining. In fact, I liked it so much, I am planning on going back and watching the original series.
Now, it didn't open as well as people thought it would. But the studio should have known what it was getting into. They released it right after the Avengers! I think it was to 2012 what Oblivion is to 2013. But Oblivion got the release date right. Both are smaller films starring a popular actor. But Oblivion was released at a time where it had to compete with Evil Dead, Olympus Has Fallen, Scary Movie 5, and 42. So it actually had a chance at the box-office. Dark Shadows was released in May, where it had to compete with the Avengers. I don't even have to name any other flicks. Obviously Dark Shadows wasn't going to do great, the studio had to know that.
What I am saying is that if Dark Shadows 2 does happen, it should be released as a more modest, March or April release. Especially since, even if they start work on it right now, it probably won't be released until 2015. That is a year where the summer has The Avengers 2 and Star Wars Episode VII. I highly doubt that Dark Shadows 2 could compete in that market. But if it were released in March or April, it would have to compete with movies like the Fantastic Four and the Penguins of Madagascar. I think it could probably do well in that market.
Now for the story. This won't be as long because, like I said in the beginning, I don't know all that much about the original tv show. There are 2 places I think the sequel could go. The first option is to continue off of the (spoiler!) cliffhanger ending. You could have Helena Bonham Carter's character of the psychiatrist come back as a vampire, seeking revenge. Barnabas must protect his family and home of Collinwood. The second idea I have is for the exploration of werewolves. It was revealed (again, spoilers!) at the end of the first film that Chloe Grace Moretz was a werewolf. They could explore the fact that there are werewolves in the world, and Barnabas finds that vampires and witches aren't the only monsters. I know that on the show they did versions of some of the classic monsters, perhaps they could take that route.
What do you think about a Dark Shadows sequel? Did you enjoy the first one? Leave a comment below, and let me know!
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