Helena Bonham Carter SLAMS Original Dark Shadows: "It's Actually a Really Bad, Hilariously Bad Soap Opera"






It's a good think Dark Shadows director Tim Burton is more of a fan of the classic, ABC Daytime soap opera than his wife is. Helena Bonham Carter, who stars in Burton's upcoming adaptation of Dan Curtis' classic, 60's sudser, royally dissed the movie's source material in an interview with MTV News

It's actually a really bad, hilariously bad soap opera. And because it's so bad, [Burton] felt he had to make a hugely expensive movie."


Gee, Helena. Tell us how you really feel! To her credit, the actress did say she loved playing Dr. Julia Hoffman, who tries to cure Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp) of his vampirism in the flick. Are you excited to see Burton's take on Dark Shadows? Watch a clip from the original TV show after the jump, then sound off in the comments!
 



Photo of Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter by PR Photos
 

 


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newsseven's picture
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Some actors don't know what the hell to say out there mouths SMH !!!

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My mom loved Dark Shadows, I think it may have been why she switched from the CBS soaps to ABC.

I have no interest in the remake movie or the original. I'm sick of the Depp/Burton collaborations and I can't find the energy or interest to check out the original. I don't doubt the original Dark Shadows is hilariously bad watching it now through more modern eyes.

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My mom also did like the original when it aired.

As for what this one thinks, who gives a shit. The show was done in the late 60s and was trying to be something different. What does she expect?

And no, I will not be going to see the remake.

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Dark Shadows would have been better quality had it stayed with this type of story line from the pilot. The sort of give you the creeps but without an exact reason kind of story. Erie music, black and white, lots of talking around a subject. It would have been sort of gothic and noirish. It did not remain anything like this blurb from the pilot though. Well except for the music.
Dark Shadows went on to become an elaborate horror/sci fi mess that was soooo bad it was good. It was the Ed Wood Plan 9 From Outer Space bad/good.
The actors so over worked they could not remember their lines, and often confused the plot points in their dialog. The lighting was so dark one had trouble seeing the sets. Black and white served the show better. When it went color, it somehow became less spooky. The sets were gothic but any temp set was just thrown together sets that were sitting around.
The plots about vampires, weirwolves, witches, ghosts and generally crazy folk, were out there and imaginative, but hardly normal daytime fair.
Two things made this show can't miss. One that it was highly entertaining whats gonna happen next.... and the other is that it did things that only the very best soaps do. It built its own lore and history and utilized it to speak to todays stories. Almost all of the stories on DS had long historical backstory that we got to see. They would do flash backs and even time travel to show what was and how it affected what is. They used their cast in multiple roles to stand in for their ancestors. With this rich history they spun out these wacky but indepth stories that brought the audience along. Like a page out of Dickens, the stories built on one another and were not thrown out for the next thing. This always the one strong suit that soaps have had but few have understood its power. This show went off course at the end and got cancelled but while it was hot, it was can't miss tv.
I am looking forward to the new movie to see what is pulled from the original. I enjoyed the early 90s encarnation but it was very serious gothic. This movie should be fun and outrageous much like the original material was.

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she's an effin brilliant actress so I certainly can't hate on her.

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Thanks for the update, Helena...I'll be keeping my $$$ in that case.

Stupidass.

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I've seen every episode and frankly she's right. Don't get me wrong, I loved the show, but when you look those episodes now, they are bad, but gracefully so.

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I still like her, but OUCH, Helena!

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@Jamey: Where can I get the Rinso "Sunshine Whitener?" lol

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She says that like it's a negative or something. That's the charm of the show -- it's camptastic!

Besides, I've seen the last couple of Tim Burton movies, so people in glass houses...

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I love Helena; she's one of the few actresses around who dares to be an individual and doesn't come off as a complete fake. I never did get the appeal of Dark Shadows.

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I'm not familiar with Dark Shadows because it was before my time but it does have many fans and taste is a subjective matter and it's kind of disparaging to ridicule something that a lot of people seem to hold dear. It might not be for everyone (my Mother told me that she used to watch it for awhile but she didn't form any attachment to the show) but wouldn't it have been more tactful just to say that it wasn't her cup of tea?
I love most of Helena Bonham Carter's work as well but if we're talking about poor performances the same case could be made for her portrayal in the movie musical Sweeney Todd. Look at her performance, then watch Angela Landsbury in the original or even Patti Lupone's Broadway performance. She doesn't even come close, imo.

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HBC wishes she were as fabulous as Grayson Hall! Boo to the remake!

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thanx for your memories of the show mark, my dad liked it too, back then.

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I'm a fan of the original and am absolutely seeing the remake. "Bad" is in the eye of the beholder.

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What do you call a washed up British actress who is not as good as Judi Dench, Helen Mirren, Kate Blanchett or Miranda Richardson? You call her Tim Burton's handmaiden.

Seriously, sometimes "stars" should just STFU. She only works because her husband keeps remaking Edward Scissorhands/Sleepy Hollow and casting her in the films.

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angrierblackerman wrote:
What do you call a washed up British actress who is not as good as Judi Dench, Helen Mirren, Kate Blanchett or Miranda Richardson? You call her Tim Burton's handmaiden.
Seriously, sometimes "stars" should just STFU. She only works because her husband keeps remaking Edward Scissorhands/Sleepy Hollow and casting her in the films.

It was just an opinion and one that alot of people agree with. Even if no one agrees with it, she has every right to say it. Dark Shadows was bad, laughably bad, that's it's whole charm. That and nostalgia.

As for HBC, she's a magnificent actress who was just rightfully nominated for an Academy Award for 'The King's Speech', a film not directed by her husband. She's currently shooting 'Great Expectations' with the great Mike Newell, who is not her husband. After that, she'll start filming 'Les Miserables' with Hugh Jackman, which is being directed by her 'The King's Speech' director Tom Hooper, again, not her husband. She also recently appeared in 4 Harry Potter films, none of which were made by Burton. 99% of the actresses in the world would give their left arm to have a career as "washed up" as Helena Bonham Carter's.

FYI, Cate Blanchett is Australian, not British.

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And she knows this how? Because for its time I thought it was OK I wouldn't say it was really bad.

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SoapArmageddon wrote:
I love Helena; she's one of the few actresses around who dares to be an individual and doesn't come off as a complete fake. I never did get the appeal of Dark Shadows.

I think she comes off as a huge fake and a poser, desperately seeking attention with bad clothes that look like a Halloween night from 1983, and horrible performances that drag down any movie she's in.

I don't care about her opinion on Dark Shadows, and she's certainly not alone in it, but this makes me wonder if she's going to ruin this movie too. I wish they'd just left the original show alone and Burton and Helena can go have some other vanity project.

Some of the original show is very underrated, poignant, beautiful. Some is trash, yes, but it holds up a hell of a lot better than anything her boyfriend has done in the last 20 years.

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She has a right to her opinion, but, considering that she's in and her significant other directed the remake, it was a little tactless to SAY it. It's like biting the hand that feeds you - they wouldn't HAVE their movie if not for the original. When Gus Van Sant remade Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho Anne Heche had the audacity to say she thought they could do BETTER. No one who's involved in a remake should say something that publicly, in my opinion, even if they think it.

On the other hand, as many have pointed out, being "bad" is part of the original Dark Shadow's charm, and Helena might have meant it that way. All soaps are "bad" at times because the storylines get ridiculous, and Dark Shadows was supernatural besides. Plus when they taped it they didn't have the luxury of stopping and redoing when mistakes were made, so any flubbed lines or prop failures got on the air. Jonathan Frid was horrible at remembering his lines (he knows this and would be the first one to admit it), props did fail, there was background noise, so what you see is sometimes a mess, unlike shows today where mistakes never get on the air.

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Geesh, I think that she meant it very tongue in cheek. I think she is saying that it is bad, but in a campy sort of way, WHICH IT TOTALLY IS.
I don't think that she would have been in it if she wasn't behind the project at least somewhat.