Johnny Depp as a vampire. I don’t think any of you need even the tiniest bit of convincing that you need to watch this movie. So the reason why I’m dedicating a post to this movie is because I want photos of Johnny Depp being a late 18th century gentleman turned vampire.
But in case you’re here because you really want to find out more about the movie, well alright, here goes:
The gist of it
Barnabas Collins was a young man who came from a family whose wealth came from setting up a fishing port in Maine.
A handsome young man, he fools around with young girls and eventually broke the heart of one of the household’s servant girls. Unknown to him, Angelique, the servant girl was a witch. As we all know, hell hath no fury like a woman scorned and she killed his parents in a “freak accident” and placed a curse of the Collins family.
Meanwhile, Barnabas fell in love with a lovely young lady. Out of spite and jealousy, Angelique casted a spell which forced the young girl to leap to her death off a cliff. Barnabas witnessed this and was unable to stop it. Heartbroken, he leapt off the cliff too – but instead of dying instantly, he transformed to a vampire. No, Angelique was not going to let him off so easy.
She then turned the villagers against him and he was captured and locked in a casket that was then buried way into the ground. And there he laid for eternity until 1972 when a group of construction workers dug up the site.
Barnabas then found his way back to his family home where he meets his descendents, and here’s where the story actually starts.
What I thought of it
Obviously, I loved it. It was funny and smart – you need to listen to Barnabas Old English to truly understand the smart humour. Johnny Depp excels in this genre of whimsical and out of the world characters. My favourite character of his will always be Willy Wonka, but Barnabas Collins comes a close second!
Helena Bonham Carter (of course she’s in a Burton-Depp movie!) also shines as the weird psychologist. But then again, just like Johnny – she does weird characters best.
There’s always some kind of magic going on every time Tim Burton works with Johnny Depp and I wasn’t disappointed. This film will make you laugh and make you fawn over how absolutely lovely Johnny Depp is as an immortal being. Take my word for it!
I give it…