Sunday, December 9, 2012

Review: DARK SHADOWS: THE VISUAL COMPANION by Mark Salisbury (Win a copy!)

VampChix was given the opportunity to review DARK SHADOWS: THE VISUAL COMPANION.   A gorgeous book!  And what a thrill to page through it and relive the movie and the history behind the show that began as a black & white afternoon soap opera in the 1960s.  The photos, while, sadly, not captioned save for a ref list at the back, were beautiful and deeply colored in the vivid gothic and jewel tones of the movie.  The hardcover book is simply a work of art, with thick paper and highest quality images.  The frequent appearance of Tim Burton in the photographs also shows how closely he worked with/allowed access to the book's creators.
The book begins by paying homage to the soap opera with some photos (both B&W and color) and text on how the idea for the show was brought to fruition.  It then turns to the 2012 movie version, detailing how Depp and Burton collaborated to bring it to the silver screen.  With sections dedicated to each of the main characters, much on the various settings (yay, Alice Cooper at The Happening!), a glimpse at the costume design, makeup, special effects (did you know the green vomit was chocolate flavored?), and a nod to the visual effects and scoring, the book nicely gives a true fan of the series another delicious volume to add to their collection.

Would you like a chance to win the review copy of this book?  Tell us in the comments, your favorite scene from the movie, or if you have a favorite episode from the soap opera.  Please also state if you are US or other.  Winner will be announced later this week.

The Book:Produced in close co-operation with Tim Burton and the production team, this lavish hardcover official companion volume to the film includes a Foreword by Tim Burton, scores of photos, concept drawings and production designs, and interviews with the cast and crew.

The Film:In the year 1750, Joshua and Naomi Collins, with young son Barnabas, set sail from England to start a new life in America, where they build a fishing empire in the coastal Maine town that comes to carry their name: Collinsport. Two decades pass and Barnabas (Johnny Depp) has the world at his feet. The master of Collinwood Manor, Barnabas is rich, powerful and an inveterate playboy…until he makes the grave mistake of falling in love with a beauty named Josette DuPres (Bella Heathcote) and breaking the heart of Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green). A witch in every sense of the word, Angelique dooms him to a fate worse than death—turning him into a vampire, and then burying him…alive.

Nearly two centuries later, Barnabas is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972, a stranger in an even stranger time. Returning to Collinwood Manor, he finds that his once-grand estate has fallen into ruin, and the dysfunctional remnants of the Collins family have fared little better, each harboring their own dark secrets. 
Family matriarch Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (Michelle Pfeiffer) is the one person Barnabas entrusts with the truth of his identity. But his rather odd and anachronistic behavior immediately raises the suspicions of the live-in psychiatrist, Dr. Julia Hoffman (Helena Bonham Carter), who has no idea what kind of problems she’s really digging up.
As Barnabas sets out to restore his family name to its former glory, one thing stands in his way: Collinsport’s leading denizen, who goes by the name Angie…and who bears a striking resemblance to a very old acquaintance of Barnabas Collins.
Also residing in Collinwood Manor are Elizabeth’s ne’er-do-well brother, Roger Collins, (Jonny Lee Miller); her rebellious teenage daughter Carolyn Stoddard (Chloë Grace Moretz); and Roger’s precocious 10-year-old son, David Collins (Gully McGrath). The longsuffering caretaker of Collinwood is Willie Loomis (Jackie Earle Haley), and new to the Collins’ employ is David’s nanny, Victoria Winters (Bella Heathcote), who is, mysteriously, the mirror image of Barnabas’ one true love, Josette. 
Burton directed “Dark Shadows” from a screenplay by Seth Grahame-Smith, story by John August and Grahame-Smith, based on the television series created by Dan Curtis. The producers are Oscar® winner Richard D. Zanuck (“Alice in Wonderland,” “Driving Miss Daisy”), Oscar® winner Graham King, (“Rango,” “The Departed”), Johnny Depp, Christi Dembrowski, and David Kennedy. The executive producers are Chris Lebenzon, Nigel Gostelow, Tim Headington, and Bruce Berman.
The behind-the-scenes creative team includes cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel, Oscar®-winning production designer Rick Heinrichs (“Sleepy Hollow”), Oscar®-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood (“Alice in Wonderland”) and editor Chris Lebenzon. The score was composed by four-time Oscar® nominee Danny Elfman (“Milk,” “Big Fish,” “Men in Black,” “Good Will Hunting”).
A Warner Bros. Pictures presentation in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, an Infinitum Nihil/GK Films/Zanuck Company production, a Tim Burton film, “Dark Shadows” opens beginning May 11, 2012, and will be distributed worldwide in theatres and IMAX by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures. 
™ & © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.


  • ISBN: 9781781162552
  • Dimensions: 230mm x 295mm
  • Hardback: 192pp
  • Publication date: 26 October 2012
  • Illustration detail: Colour photos throughout
  • All authors: 
    Mark Salisbury


SandyG265 said...

I haven't seen the movie yet but my favorite scene from the soap opera is when Barnabas first introduces himself to the modern day Collins family.

Barb P said...

I am a huge fan of both the series and the movie! I think that my fav scene from the show, was when they showed how Angelique turned Barnabas into a vamp. This book looks really fun! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!

bn100 said...

I haven't seen the movie or the show. I'd like to read the book.


Cylver said...

At the risk of revealing my age, I was one of those kids who used to run home from school every day so I wouldn't miss a minute of Dark Shadows. I also loved the movie!
My favorite story arc was when Vicki travels back in time and gets to know a very different (but no less creepy!) Collins family, and we get to see the events that lead to Barnabas' downfall.

Zita said...

I haven't seen it! It's on my wishlist for Christmas. I loved the TV series, though :-)

Zita from Halifax, NS

Chelsea B. said...

This sounds so cool! The movie was fun and deeper than I thought it would be. I loved the end :-)

mariska said...

I haven't seen the movie or the show. but still want to read the book :D

mariska said...

and i'm international..sorry forgot to put that earlier