Johnny Depp slams modern movie vampires

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Based on the 1966–1971 gothic soap opera of the same name, this supernatural dramedy film is directed by Tim Burton and stars Johnny Depp as a 200-year-old vampire by the name of Barnabas Collins. After being imprisoned in an underground tomb, Collins is accidentally freed and returns to his ancestral home, where his dysfunctional descendants are in need of his protection. Michelle Pfeiffer plays the role of Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, Barnabas' cousin and the reclusive matriarch of the Collins family.
March 16th, 2012

Johnny Depp is not impressed with modern movie vampires.

The 'Edward Scissorhands' actor believes the portrayal of vampires on screen in recent years, in films such as 'Blade' and 'The Twilight Saga' has changed dramatically from the golden era of the 1940s and 1950s, so he chose a classic look for his vampire character in 'Dark Shadows'.

He told Total Film magazine: ''Over the years all these vampire movies have come out and nobody looks like a vampire anymore. I adored 'Dracula', from Bela Lugosi to Christopher Lee, Max Shreck in 'Nosferatu' - all these wonderful horror films. So this was an opportunity for me to sort of go into what doesn't really exist so much anymore - that classic monster make-up.''

'Dark Shadows' follows Johnny's vampire character Barnabas Collins as he has run ins with various monsters, and is based on a US sitcom which ran from 1966 to 1971, which the actor was a fan of.

He added: ''I remember sprinting home from school to see it. I loved it, this soap opera with gothic vampires. Jonathan Frid, who originally played Barnabas, was such a striking presence - there's a sliver of him in there.''

'Dark Shadows' is in cinemas this spring.