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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 12A
Cast
Johnny Depp
Helena Bonham Carter
Chloe Moretz
Eva Green
Bella Heathcote
Jackie Earle Haley
Jonny Lee Miller
Michelle Pfeiffer
Directors
Tim Burton
Screenwriters
Seth Grahame-Smith
Running Time
113 minutes

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Plot
1752, Maine. After Barnabas Collins (Depp) spurns the love of witch Angelique Bouchard (Green), she sends his beloved Josette DuPres (Bella Heathcote) to her death, turns him into a vampire and then buries him alive. Two centuries later Barnabas returns and vows to restore the family name and manor to its former glories.


Verdict
A word of warning: this is not the knockabout comedy the trailer suggests. Instead, it cleaves closer to what you expect from Burton: darkness, quirk and Johnny Depp on great form. A step up, then, from Alice In Wonderland and Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, but not tip-top Tim.


Reviewed by Ian Freer

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