The gorgeous and talented Johnny Depp shared that he feels the portrayal of vampires on screen in recent years has changed drastically from the golden era of the 1940s and 1950s, which was one of the reasons he was thrilled to go for a classic look for his vampire character in ‘Dark Shadows.’
Depp recently told Total Film magazine, “Over the years all these vampire movies have come out and nobody looks like a vampire anymore. I adored ‘Dracula’, from Bela Lugosi to Christopher Lee, Max Shreck in ‘Nosferatu’ – all these wonderful horror films. So this was an opportunity for me to sort of go into what doesn’t really exist so much anymore – that classic monster make-up.”
‘Dark Shadows’ follows Johnny’s vampire character Barnabas Collins as he has run ins with various monsters, and is based on the cult soap opera which ran from 1966 to 1971, which the actor was a huge fan of.
“I remember sprinting home from school to see it. I loved it, this soap opera with gothic vampires. Jonathan Frid, who originally played Barnabas, was such a striking presence – there’s a sliver of him in there.” said Depp.
Ok, I understand loving classic movies, I am a huge fan of them myself. But that doesn’t mean I don’t adore modern vampires as well. It would be incredibly boring if we stuck with the same old vampires in every film. And as for the comment on vampires not looking like vampires anymore, well, that classic look we all have seen countless times was created by the entertainment industry. So really, vampires never officially looked like that. But I’m being nit-picky.
What are your thoughts of Depp’s comments? Do you prefer modern vampires or classic vampires?
And for those of you who missed it, here is the Dark Shadows trailer (the trailer that already has original DS fans screaming foul):
Dark Shadows will hit theaters May 11.