Dark Shadows – Review

Being a massive fan of Tim Burton and Johnny Depp I was super hyped up for this film and was disappointed that it took me weeks to actually get to see it but the film did not let me down, unlike I did.

Despite bad reviews I thought the film was reasonably good and humorous in the ‘laugh at’ sense of comedic style.  I’m not going to lie and say it is Burton’s best work but it is an enjoyable film. I would say it is probably a film that people around my age (21) and above will enjoy more than the age-range the film is aimed at (PG) but I think a lot of Burton films are like that.  Unless you are an age to know who Alice Cooper is you might be like Barnabas (the main character) and be misguided into thinking Alice is actually a woman.

The plot follows the story of Barnabas Collins and how he got turned into a vampire by a crazy ex-girlfriend who is also a witch who then subsequently went on to take over his family’s canning business – in a tightly shut coffin. The film is based on the 1966-71 gothic soap opera of the same name.  I have never seen the soap opera but on doing research about the film it seems to have been highly regarded amongst those who remember it.

The film has the typical Burton gothic feel to it and Depp as usual fits in like the final piece of the puzzle.  As far as the cast goes I don’t think Burton could have chose any better. As usual there were moans about him using Depp and his wife Helena Bonham Carter but I say if it’s not broke then don’t fix it. Michelle Pfeiffer and Chloe Grace Moretz who you will recognise from Kick Ass also complement the film greatly and contribute to that icy uncomfortable feel that characters in Burton films often have.

If you enjoy Burton films like Alice in Wonderland then you will enjoy this but in general I would say that it’s a film to see at least once. You’ll either find it all right or you’ll thoroughly enjoy it.  It is no longer in the cinema but it will be out on DVD in the next couple of months and no doubt on Lovefilm and/or Netflix shortly after that.

4/5

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I Don’t Like the Drugs But Your Album is All Right. Born Villain Review. World Goth Day Post.

The highly anticipated album Born Villain from the self-proclaimed God of Fuck Marilyn Manson has finally landed but with only a subtle bang.  Despite the hype about film-star Johnny Depp making a guest appearance on the cover track You’re So Vain



I had high hopes for this album after the disaster that was the album The High End of Low but Born Villain although good in parts still feels slightly disappointing. The feeling is similar to going for a hot bath but the water not being warm enough in the end. At first you endure it but then you just feel disappointed.


At best I would describe the overall album as all right but it is very clear in listening to Manson’s somewhat slurred  vocals that the drugs are still very much in his life.  It was definite lie when he said he didn’t like the drugs.  


However the album does have some stand out tracks and there is a clear influence of his past album from on this album which returns the punch to Manson’s music but I have yet to work out if he has drew inspiration from past work to get his music back on track or whether he simply got lazy. 


I still feel that this album should have been turned up a notch further to compensate for the last album.


But at least Manson appears to have stopped drowning on about how bad his life is and has returned to his angst fuelled sexed up style of music that he is renowned for. On saying that though the album does open with a track named ‘Hey Cruel World’ so it is clear that he still is not letting go of his past and some of the tracks such as ‘You’re so Vain’, ‘Disengaged’ and ‘The Gardner’ would appear to be taking a hit at ex-wife Dita Von Teese.

“She is still growing

Its like a garden with two flowers

One just blooming and casting a shadow

Just like yours

Then it becomes struggle

Of sunlight

Or rain

Or weeds

She and every she

Is doomed to be your idea of her”. – The Gardner



Notable tracks on the album are the emotion fuelled Breaking the Same Old Ground which opens with sombre lullaby akin notes which on listening to the song appear to represent putting a relationship sleep.  Although the High End of Low was full of sadness I think this is the first track where Manson sounds genuinely sounds hurt.


Pistol Whipped see’s a return of Manson using sex in his music.  A formula that has always worked for him in the past and excited women world over.


I wouldn’t say there is an obviously terrible track on the album but it is more that in parts Manson’s vocals sound sloppy and as a musician who’s talent is based upon his vocal quality he cannot afford to be sloppy with this.  Like I have said in my previous two posts about Manson I wish he would simply lay off the drugs for a while and stop letting himself and his fans down.