Dark Shadows parents guide

Dark Shadows

Overall C-

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.

Release date May 11, 2012

Violence D+
Sexual Content C-
Profanity C
Substance Use D+

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

Run Time: 113 minutes

Official Movie Site

Read Our Full Review & Parent Discussion Questions Here

Dark Shadows
Rating & Content Info

Please read our content details for this movie to help determine if it is suitable. We also encourage you to check our full review.

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

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.

Page last updated

Dark Shadows
Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia PG Violence, Drug Use.
Alberta 14A for genre violence and frightening scenes,
Manitoba 14A Violence.
Ontario 14A Substance Abuse, Graphic Violence.
Quebec G Not Recommended For Young Children.
Martimes 14A
Canadian Home Video 14A

NEW: Listen to our Parent Previews Podcast and take control of media and technology in your family!

News About "Dark Shadows"

Cast and Crew

Dark Shadows is directed by Tim Burton and stars Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Eva Green, Helena Bonham Carter.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Dark Shadows movie is October 2, 2012. Here are some details…

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

Related home video titles:

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.

Related news about Dark Shadows

Transcendence Limps into 4th at Box Office

Transcendence Limps into 4th at Box Office