For the Love of All Things Melodramatic
The Interwebz is all abuzz about the new Dark Shadows movie. Sadly, most of that buzz is not the good kind. At least not from the dinosaurs among us *raises hand* familiar with the original show or its 1990 reboot attempt.
I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I’m willing to give it a go when I get a few extra bucks–especially with the lure of awesome popcorn and the opening scenes that are supposed to be close to the magic that was the original DS.
As a bit of a consolation I decided to watch House of Dark Shadows. Once again, the story and original actors’ characterization sucked me in despite some apparent flaws (my guess in bits of scenes being left on the cutting room floor).
There was a certain depth there I was hoping Burton & Depp would showcase–Barnabas “finding” his reborn love. Dr. Hoffman’s scientific fascination turning to a crush, her jealousy and need for revenge when Barnabas, drunk on being “normal” once again, unthinkingly rubs her face in his love for the pretty young thing. His turning back into a monster when she tries to sabotage him.
The original writers of the series knew their stuff in terms of storytelling and the actors pulled off even the most “out there” plots by always playing it straight (this backed up in a recent interview with Lara Parker and Kathryn Leigh Scott). The writing and characterization imparted by both screenwriters and actors is what’s made the show so endearing and I’m sure helped to shape other writers as it did me.
Tim Burton was quoted as saying as much which makes it all the more disappointing that, for whatever reasons, he didn’t follow through with his vision of the Dark Shadows world.
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And now some rambling on what could be a Spawn of Dark Shadows—The Secret Circle.
This show has had some ups and downs and WTF moments but like my beloved Dark Shadows it’s got some great core plot and characterization that keeps me hanging on. The finale last night was a perfect example of that. They left a lot of unanswered questions and I hope we get a season two to get some answers.