DARK SHADOWS: Tim Burton Shares His Approach

DARK SHADOWS: Tim Burton Shares His Approach

There's been quite a bit of controversy surrounding Tim Burton's take on Dark Shadows between die-hard fans and newbies since the film's trailer was released, and this interview won't help matters at all.

The LA Times' Hero Complex paid a visit to the set of Dark Shadows during production and had the opportunity to speak with director Tim Burton. What follows is an excerpt from that interview: "The setup and characters are taken from the truly weird TV series also called Dark Shadows, an ABC soap opera that logged 1,225 episodes before it went off the air in 1971. Created by Dan Curtis, who later did the landmark The Winds of War miniseries, the show starred Jonathan Frid as tortured Barnabas and brought ghosts and ghouls to the afternoon hours that usually belonged to handsome surgeons and conniving heiresses.

"Unlike The Addams Family and The Munsters, this monster-mash of a show was a fringe taste, which is why it attracted the young outsiders who would be called goths today. Three of them were Burton, Depp and Pfeiffer, and they have nearly identical memories about racing home from school to catch the same strange transmission. 'It was a real thing for me, I had to watch it, and it was tough because you’d miss the beginning — it started at like 3 p.m., but that’s when we got out of school,' said Depp, who grew up in the sunbaked suburb of Miramar, Fla. 'And then it moved later because all the kids wrote in letters. When you met someone who knew the show and loved it, there was an instant connection.'

"That connection doesn’t exist with young moviegoers today, however, and the producers of the new movie aren’t going to encourage anyone to check out the originals because, well, it wasn’t, technically speaking, a great show. 'I think,' Burton said evenly, 'you could say it was actually awful.'

"So what exactly was its appeal? The London-based filmmaker searched for the right words. 'It’s a different animal,' Burton said. 'If I go back and watch something like Star Trek, it’s not that hard to analyze what the appeal was, and even if the show is dated you identify what it was that made it work. 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. But what we’ve gone for is a mixture, and that’s always what I’ve been interested in; I think most of my movies are mixtures of light and dark and serious things and things that have humor in them.'"

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devil - 3/25/2012, 6:45 AM
looks shit the only best movie tim burton done is batman
PirateOpossum - 3/25/2012, 7:09 AM
Beetlejuice Beetlejuice Beetlejuice
xXkryptoniteXx - 3/25/2012, 8:40 AM
Tim button is one of the elites in Hollywood as a director, if you like films you like his approach and style. He has his signature style but they all are great movies and some are also not so great. Im looking forward to his new movie and I hope it well deliver the goods, his last movie Alice in wonderland fell short IMO.


So his only good movie is batman?
No big fish? No beetlejuice? No Edward scissor hands? No Charlie and the chocolate factory? No corpse bride? No sweeney Todd? No sleepy hollow?

His a very versatile director but he has his signature style that he well put in and he'll approach a movie or a topic that can work on his style (artisic gothic) and make it work. Big fish to me is his best work(IMO) also I can say majority of people like his films regardless his style. His version of chocolate factory was spot on compared to the book, it is suppose to be a little dark style. The two version of Charlie and the chocolate factory are both classic in my eye and great movies on there own style.

BLACKTHORN - 3/25/2012, 8:44 AM
Burton is a fricking idiot. stop making movies you asshole. you suck, Not even the batman movies were good and that's the best shit he's ever done.
xXkryptoniteXx - 3/25/2012, 8:46 AM
I wish he did batman forever his style in his batman movies were great and it's sad that we had batman forever after batman and batman returns. It would be cool if he gets back on the batman film once again, maybe just do his version of batman forever or even continue in a different story that gets the remaining original cast members back.(that's just a thought)
OtakuPapi - 3/25/2012, 8:50 AM
This version of Dark Shadows strikes me as a pure comedy which Dark Shadows really wasnt it was more of a soap opera drama with dark gothic twistness... the previews make this movie look goofy as hell
thewonderer - 3/25/2012, 9:43 AM
His Batman movies were complete crap and anyone who says otherwise isn't a true Batfan
GUNSMITH - 3/25/2012, 9:52 AM
xXkryptoniteXx - 3/25/2012, 10:20 AM
You guys are just hating and what do you know about films anyway? This site is not even a film site but just a site that appeals to comic fans who are ONLY interested in comic book movies, I go to different sites that are interested in films. They praise his work and when the trailer came out it wasn't what people expected but is still interested in it because it looks like a film that's similar to his work before, beetlejuice.

You guys are just hating on him and don't know nothing about films in general, there are different types of movies or matter of fact it's not your liking on his take, but it doesn't mean he sucks at making movies. Hell he stamped his legacy in Hollywood and people well remember him, unlike you who just hates but don't look beyond why they are remembered or why there still successful on this movie industry. His not like george Lucas who rides on his one dead horse and keep boasting on his PAST success and digitally fix it and sell re sell it. Yeah I know you haters are on his dik.
batfan175 - 3/25/2012, 10:27 AM
devil: but even then he admitted that he'd never read a comicbook before and that he wasn't interested in reading them. so why make batman in the first place? "Hubba, hubba, hubba. Money, money, money...who do you trust", is what jack Nicholson would say, no? I can watch "Burtonman" but only once every 6 months or so because it's all style and no substance.
devil - 3/25/2012, 10:46 AM
batfan you dickhead got sometinhg to say about me
Phlegmbot - 3/25/2012, 12:00 PM
@thewonderer Amen!

Burton's Batman movies LOOKED great (I feel the Keaton costume was to date the BEST film costume Batman's had -- if you didn't know he had no muscle, it LOOKED like it was HIM, not the costume, that was muscular, plus it was black and had the target symbol - much more dynamic.), but it was sometimes campy in ways that made no sense and, of course, Batman kills a guy in the first movie (I think he kills a couple of people in the second one too...in the opening scene that follows the credits maybe? Been a long time.)

That said, Burton's movie was a zillion times better than TDK. Which made no sense at all and was only watchable thanks to the amazing performances by the actors. The script was ridiculous in every way.
NotThatGuy - 3/25/2012, 12:26 PM
Burton's approach to EVERY movie he does is A) hire Depp, B) hire his wife, C) smoke crack and D) masterbate A LOT.
randymongoose - 3/25/2012, 2:26 PM
I tend to give all movies the benefit of the doubt until the reviews come out and I've seen them, whilst it is harsh to fans of the original, it doesn't mean the film will be rubbish. And as @xxxkryptonitexxx said he has put his stamp on Hollywood, and that tends not to happen if you're a completely useless director. It would be nice if he made something that isn't an adaptation next, but as I said, I'm giving this, and all films, the benefit of the doubt until I've seen it (except GI Joe 2, got beef with that film!)
AUSSYACE - 3/26/2012, 12:01 AM
Burton couldn't even get the Bat Symbol Logo right on his chest in the first movie...What a LOSER...

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