Oh my. We just heard the news that Johnny Depp split with longtime partner Vanessa Paradis after fourteen years, and now we’re getting a new look at Depp in vampire makeup. We’re not going to make a joke about this being the reason for the split because we respect how difficult this time must be for his family, but we’re going to admit that it crossed our minds.
“Dark Shadows” hits theaters on May 11th, and Depp stars as Barnabas the vampire. The film is based on long-running soap opera of the same name. One of us in the Zap2it office might have loved the nineties re-working of the show so much that she named her birds Barnabas and Victoria after the main characters, so we really want this film to be good. That makeup isn’t exactly filling us with confidence.
Here’s what’s happening in the film. In 1752, Joshua and Naomi Collins set sail from Liverpool, England to America with their young son Barnabas. They brought with them the family curse. Two decades later and Barnabas pretty much runs the town of Collinsport, Maine. He runs Collinwood Manor, he’s rich and powerful … until he breaks the heart of the witch Angelique (Eva Green). She turns him into a vampire and buries him alive. Two centuries later, Barnabas is freed and finds the world of 1972 very different. His estate is in ruins and the remnants of the Collins family are harboring dark secrets.
What do you guys think of Depp’s makeup? Are you horrified in a good way or a bad way? Let us know!