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Dark Shadows


May 11, 2012

Latest Home Video

Oct 01, 2012

MPAA Rating



Tim Burton


Johnny Depp
Michelle Pfeiffer
Eva Green
Helena Bonham Carter


2012 Warner Brothers Studios

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This gothic horror, based on a TV soap opera, stars Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins, a vampire destined to deal with odd family members, strange lovers, and various supernatural beings.

Content Details

Why Is Dark Shadows Rated PG-13?

Dark Shadows is rated PG-13 for comic horror violence, sexual content, some drug use, language and smoking.

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Here is additional information on sex, violence and profanity in Dark Shadows...

Violence: Characters engage in the dark arts. Several characters throw themselves off of a cliff onto the rocks below. A character is buried alive. A vampire’s face, hands and clothing are covered with blood after he kills and drinks the blood of numerous characters. A child is sent to a mental institute by her parents and subjected to electroshock therapy. Another parent deserts a child. Characters secretly dispose of a woman’s body after she is murdered. A man goes through the coat pockets of guests and steals their money and jewelry. An explosion causes a building fire. A home is also engulfed in flames. Characters engage in hand-to-hand fighting. Others are shot, threatened, chocked and attacked with makeshift weapons. Blood is depicted in several scenes. A man and woman engage in a brutal fight and a death results from a fall.

Sexual Content: Couples engage in passionate kissing. Oral sex is implied between a doctor and patient. A woman rubs her hands seductively over a man’s clothed body. A scene of wild sexual activity is depicted although the adults remain clothed. A woman wears provocative clothing. A male character mistakes a teen for a hooker. A man refers to a woman’s “fertile birthing hips”. A woman removes her panties and lays them across a man’s face. Other brief moments of sexual innuendo are included.

Language: The script contains profanities, terms of Deity and scatological slang.

Alcohol / Drug Use: Several characters smoke and drink at home and in social settings. A woman is seen smoking after sex. Several characters are frequently drunk. Young adult characters smoke illegal drugs. Other brief drug references are made.

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Director Tim Burton and actor Johnny Depp have worked together on numerous productions including: Alice in Wonderland, The Corpse Bride, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the R-rated Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

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Canadian Movie Ratings

PG Violence, Drug Use.
AB 14A for genre violence and frightening scenes,
MB 14A Violence.
ON 14A Substance Abuse, Graphic Violence.
QC G Not Recommended For Young Children.

Canadian Home Video Rating: 14A

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Details on home video releases of Dark Shadows...

Home Video Notes: Dark Shadows

Release Date: 2 October 2012

Dark Shadows releases to home video in a Theatrical or Unrated version. Bonus extras includes:

- Blu-ray/DVD/Ultraviolet Digital Copy of Dark Shadows

- Becoming Barnabus

- Deleted Scenes

- Welcome To Collinsport!

- The Collinses: Every Family Has Its Demons

- Reliving a Decade

- Angelique: A Witch Scorned

- Alice Cooper Rocks Collinsport!

- Dark Shadowy Secrets

- A Melee of Monstrous Proportions

- Dark Shadows: The Legend Bites Back

- Maximum Movie Mode

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