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Dark Shadows

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. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: C-
Violence: D+
Sexual Content: C-
Language: C
Drugs/Alcohol: D+
Run Time: 113
Theater Release: 11 May 2012
Video Release: 02 Oct 2012
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

This movie is based on a cult TV series that ran as a soap opera from 1966 to 1971.

What are the challenges of making a TV series into a full-length movie? How does the vampire in this story differ from the ones portrayed in the Twilight series or Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant?

Why is Barnabas eager to restore the family empire?

How is love portrayed in this film? How does Barnabas’ affection for his family differ from the kind of passion Angelique demonstrates?

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