So much news flashes past daily on the Twitter stream but many film sites were talking about the release of images and then a trailer for Tim Burton’s film version of the 60s TV series Dark Shadows with the almost inevitable Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins. I only came across the original Dark Shadows when it was shown on the UK version of the Sci Fi channel. It was creaky and overacted with bizarre over-complicated stories featuring vampires, witches, ghosts, Lovecraftian creatures, time travel and alternative realities. From the trailer it seems that this will be a Burton/Depp project and the strangeness will be replaced with kookiness, the creakiness replaced with Burtonesque sets and Elfman music while the rest of the cast will be shoehorned into supporting a very Depp-centred story with a strong comedic feel. This will be hitting the cinemas for better of worse in the summer and since the series was barely known in the UK I wonder how they will market it
Even bigger news this week is the release The Hunger Games with what looks like a massive opening weekend and favourable reviews. Before its release this was being tarred by attempts to associate this film with the Twilight audience but that attitude seems to evaporated in the face of the positive reactions to the film itself which despite its 12A (PG) rating has not compromised on its dark theme of children being forced to fight to the death for entertainment. The film I’m looking forward in the next couple of weeks is The Cabin in the Woods which has a sort of Cube mixed with Evil Dead feel to it from the trailer. It has me intrigued and I might go see it
On DVD and Bluray this week The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn. I am familiar with Tintin from reading the books as a kid, but I was always a bigger fan of Asterix the Gaul. I will probably get the film when payday comes just to see what Spielberg did with it. Another significant release is the special edition of Ken Russel‘s The Devils starring Oliver Reed. This is still not the uncut version of the film but it’s probably the best we’ll get for now.
Next week’s DVD releases have a couple of films that caught my eye. The Awakening is a ghost story set just after the First World War in a boarding school with a sceptical investigator Rebecca Hall looking into hauntings for headmaster Dominic West. Also out next week is the prequel to John Carpenter’s The Thing confusingly also called The Thing. It had mixed reviews at the cinema but I will give it a fair chance.