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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.
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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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 Home Video Rating: 14A
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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