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First look: Helena Bonham Carter shows off red hair and a frumpy look in creepy Johnny Depp film Dark Shadows as new stills and trailer are released

Published: March 16, 2012 | 10:33 am
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So far, all the focus has been on a sinister looking Johnny Depp as a back-from-the-buried vampire in forthcoming Tim Burton film Dark Shadows.

But a new film still now shows the rest of the star-studded cast – looking a little less pale, but equally creepy.

Helena Bonham Carter, who plays psychiatrist Dr Julia Hoffman in the film, sports a orange curled wig, bright blue eye shadow and frumpy dress in the photograph which shows the characters looking rather menacingly at the camera.

They include Chloe Moretz as her rebellious daughter Carolyn Stoddard and an unusually blonde Eva Green as witch Angelique Bouchard posing together in gothic Collinwood Manor.

The U.S. director’s interpretation of the U.S. sixties soap opera sees Depp’s character Barnabas Collins as a rich and powerful playboy who breaks the heart of Angelique.

Played by Eva Green, Angelique is the one who turns Collins into a vampire and also buries him alive.

However, two centuries later, Collins is freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972.

He finds cousin, family matriarch Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (Michelle Pfeiffer) has brought psychiatrist Hoffman to live at Collinwood to help with her with her family’s various troubles, including her brother Roger’s (Jonny Lee Miller) troubled son, David (Gulliver McGrath).

Bella Heathcote co-stars as nanny Victoria Winters, Ray Shirley is Mrs Johnson and Jackie Earle Haley as Willie Loomis.

The gothic-horror tale is Depp’s eighth collaboration with his close friend, director Tim Burton and was filmed in the UK last year.

The 48-year-old actor says he wanted to bring the classic look of horror back to cinema for his character.

‘Over the years all these vampire TV shows, the movies have come out and nobody looks like a vampire – what happened?’ Depp recently told MTV.

‘I adored Dracula and still do. All those wonderful horror films. This was an opportunity to go into something which doesn’t really exist any more, which is classic make-up and a classic monster character.
‘So that was really the inspiration and what Tim and I talked about a lot.’
And Depp’s character certainly looks sinister, with a pale white face, dark circles under his eyes, ultra long fingernails and a slicked down hair style.
‘We’re changing it a little bit,’ Burton previously told MTV about his take on the TV show. ‘I wouldn’t do it if it felt like it was just doing the same thing.

‘For me, it’s about trying to go back to the original drawings and kind of capture that spirit a little bit more of what the drawings are.

‘It feels different even though it’s a similar story, but we’re kind of expanding it a bit.’

His work with Burton in the past has seen him recreate famous characters such as Willy Wonka in 2005′S Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, and the Mad Hatter in 2010′s Alice In Wonderland.

Dark Shadows is due to be released on May 11.


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