Just like the character banner that we saw last week ahead of the trailer, the characters’ faces are pale to the extreme in contrast with everything else about them, which is wonderfully coloured.
Johnny Depp reteams with Burton in the lead, and is surrounded by a fantastic supporting cast that we can see in the posters, including Eva Green, Chlöe Moretz, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jonny Lee Miller, Gulliver McGrath, Jackie Earle Haley, Bella Heathcote, and Helena Bonham Carter.
In case you’ve not seen it already, here’s the official synopsis in full:
“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 (Jackie Earle Haley) and David’s new nanny, Victoria Winters, played by Bella Heathcote.”
Seth Grahame-Smith makes his feature debut with the screenplay, ahead of his second film (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, adapting his own novel) this summer.
Dark Shadows will be released in the UK and USA on 11th May, a date which will also see Jeff, Who Lives At Home and [Rec] 3: Genesis debut at the box office, all of which I’m rather looking forward to. For now, the great first posters for the film introducing us to each of the main characters, and as usual, click to enlarge. And for everything else we’ve seen from the film, you can click here.