"Goth and the 1970’s combined"
by Margaret Morley for remotegoat on 13/05/12

This is a movie that you can get very excited about before you have even seen it. The opening Gothic sequences provide a solid historical introduction to the thrilling tale that follows. It is very well written, having immense visual appeal, with lots of special effects and costumes reflecting both the Gothic and the relatively modern 1970’s. Starring Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeiffer, the film is directed by Tim Burton.

Johnny Depp plays Barnabus Collins, who in 1752 faces the wrath of a spurned prospective lover, by the name of Angelique. Through the powers of witchcraft and black magic, she turns him into a vampire, who, in 1972, is subsequently resurrected.

Johnny’s acting has the deppth of the grave and beyond in which his character’s coffin is buried. His performance is intensely detailed through every subtle nuance of the character he portrays.

The American actress, Michelle Pfeiffer (54), who played “Cat Woman” in “Batman Returns” (1992), plays his cousin. She looks stunning throughout and acts her matriarchal role very well.

The film introduces Chloë Grace Moretz in the role of a typical fed up teenager. This is not to mention the very well cast Christopher Lee who became famous in his role as Count Dracula.

This amazing production is set in a typically magnificent mansion with chandeliers, gold-framed paintings, ornate fireplaces and numerous sculptures and carvings. Interspersed with all of this is a great selection of 1970’s music and memorabilia.

The long awaited appearance of Alice Cooper finally arrived with him performing songs on a grand staircase. Although “School’s Out” was not included, the songs he sang were highly relevant considering the subject matter of the film, but they were only extracts. However, the trendy, “Bang a Gong, (Get it On)” by Marc Bolan and also “Crocodile Rock” by Elton John are included.

The excellent camera work added to the macabre feel of the film. There are some blood curdling moments, a painted white face and body, whiter than white and scenes of passion and sharp nails. The big question is, “Will the curse ever be broken and if so, how?”

What disappointed me was what I thought was an inappropriate comment regarding the usefulness or otherwise of an old lady; it could have been one’s Granny that they were talking about.

Overall, I thought it was a very good story as it did not have a predictable ending, like so many other stories, with a very detailed plot. There are a few interesting one liners one of them being, “Blood is thicker than water.”

It’s not everyone who works behind the scenes in show business, who make their name well known. However, like Roman Polanski, Tim Burton is a director who has managed to achieve this. This film is another great collaboration with Johnny Depp acting and Tim Burton directing. Others have included, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “Alice in Wonderland”.

American actor Johnny Depp (48) delighted crowds by appearing at the film premiere in Leicester Square, London, on Wednesday 9th May 2012, two days before the UK release of the film.

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