Before it was taken down from cinemas, I managed to catch the movie Dark Shadows thanks to Warner Bros. pictures.
This is another Tim Burton creation starring Johnny Depp as the main actor. In the 1760s, Joshua and Naomi Collins sailed from Liverpool to North America and set up a fishing port where it was named Collinsport after them. Barnabas Collins is the son of the two and they were a very wealthy family but he rejected the advances of Angelique Bouchard who then was their servant who's also a witch. After the heartbreak occasion, Angelique killed Barnabas' parents and cast a spell on his lover, Josette which causes her to jump off a cliff to kill herself. Barnabas, unable to cope with the misery, jumps after Josette to kill himself too but Angelique turns him into a vampire before he hits the bottom turning him immortal. Later on, Angelique got the townspeople to entrap Barnabas since he's now a vampire and bury him alive in a coffin that was chained so he won't escape.
Come 1972, a girl who resembles Josette name Maggie Evans who changes her name to Vicky to forget her past responds to a want ad to be the governess at the Collins' mansion. Over at Collins' household lives a family of 5 including Dr. Julia Hoffman who's the psychiatrist for the son of the Collins' household. Unlike the rich family the Collins were known as, they're now not as well to do but still lives in the big mansion. Angelique on the other hand, has changed through many persona to maintain as the fishing tycoon throughout the years so that she will remain undetected as a supernatural being from the local folks.
Meanwhile, a group of construction workers stumbled upon Barnabas' coffin that he's entrapped in and unwittingly released him when they cut the chains around the coffin. Barnabas, now free, returns back to the mansion he belongs but find many things rather odd since many things had changed ever since he was locked away. He convinces Elizabeth the mother of the household that he's really Barnabas Collins and a vampire by unveiling the many secret passages throughout the entire place to reveal hidden treasures where he agrees to Elizabeth's terms of keeping that a secret. With the discovered wealth that the family possess, Barnabas intends to rebuild the Collins fishing empire in rivalry with Angelique's established business.
This is a comedy that warrants a few laughs. Tim Burton's creation though are usually bleak and dark but somehow, this movie has mellowed down on his usual style of creation. Nevertheless, his elements still can be seen in the movie and it was definitely a noteworthy watch to me. I rate this movie 3.5 stars out of 5.