I’ve been reacquainting myself with the Collins clan of Collinsport, Maine over the past few months and have managed to work through the entirety of my tapes (a fraction of the entire run of the show). When I first heard the news about the Tim Burton-helmed Dark Shadows reboot, I was mildly interested. That quickly waned and I figured it wasn’t something I would want to pay theatre prices for, even as a matinee. We have a Red Box at the local market near Telstar and I thought I’d probably just pick it up there.
That is, until last night. I made the mistake of watching the trailer. Why does every Tim Burton movie¹ seem to look the same to me? Now I know event the cheap Red Box price would be too much to pay and I won’t be going anywhere near this. If I’ve said this once, I’ve said it a million times: why can’t people just leave things alone? It’s probable the original will not be improved upon², in most cases, and revisiting just make the original material look better. Okay, well, there may be some exceptions, but I never did get that into Star Trek. And I won’t even get into the topic of classic versus new Doctor Who.
¹ I think I can count the Tim Burton movies I’ve seen on one hand, so I am making that statement based on the five I’ve seen.
² Not that these names made the remakes better than their original sources, but come on: Keeley Hawes (you knew that was coming), The Avengers; Ruth Wilson (you knew that was coming, too), The Prisoner; Jane Badler (you might not have seen that coming a mile away), Mission Impossible. I’m sure there are more examples I could share, but those are the three that came to mind right away.