Tim Burton and Johnny Depp have done some great work (Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood), some decent work (Sweeney Todd, Sleepy Hollow) and some not-so-great work (everything else) together. But color me surprised, this trailer goes a long way in selling me on Dark Shadows. Granted, my extremely low expectations coupled with the notion this film’s existence is an anomaly may have something to do with it.  But I’ll bite, I dig the comedic take. If 21 Jump Street has taught me anything, it’s that there can be a place in our cinemas for fresh takes on tired television concepts. There’s also a place for filmmakers that take chances with new ideas and material, but no one who makes these decisions seems terribly concerned.

Still, it’s kind of sad that Burton seems resigned to playing this closely to his comfort zone at this stage in his career. So this could just as easily turn out to be two hours of a man playing with his goth action figures. What did you think of the trailer?