I've heard grumblings from long-time Dark Shadows fans that Tim Burton's upcoming film adaptation looks so goofy that it's insulting to their beloved vampire soap opera. Well, maybe it's because I never really watched Dark Shadows, and so harbor zero expectations for Burton's movie, but dare I say that the darn thing looks like it could actually be kinda fun? Silly and over-the-top, certainly; but as long as its not overproduced and drowned out by its own production value, I don't see why this thing can't tap into that irreverent, impish Beetlejuice sensibility that's been missing from Burton's films in recent years. Anyway, to help get you intrigued, we've got nine new character posters from the film -- revealing the cast in all of their full-bodied glory -- for your viewing pleasure, after the jump.
Be sure to enlarge the above gallery for maximum Tim Burton-y goodness. These Dark Shadows posters come by way of iTunes Movie Trailers. Here's the official synopsis for the film: "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 (Johnny Depp) 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 (Eva Green). 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 (Michelle Pfeiffer) has called upon live-in psychiatrist, Dr. Julia Hoffman (Helena Bonham Carter), to help with her family troubles."
"Also residing in the manor is Elizabeth's ne'er-do-well brother, Roger Collins, (Jonny Lee Miller); her rebellious teenage daughter Carolyn Stoddard (Chloe Moretz); and Roger's precocious 10-year-old son, David Collins (Gulliver McGrath). The mystery extends beyond the family, to caretaker Willie Loomis, played by Jackie Earle Haley, and David's new nanny, Victoria Winters, played by Bella Heathcote."