Johnny Depp’s New Film ‘Dark Shadows’

Johnny Depp outside Collinwood Manor in 'Dark Shadows'

Johnny Depp’s New Film ‘Dark Shadows’

Above is a screenshot of the newly released trailer for Johnny Depp’s new gothic movie ‘Dark Shadows’ showcasing his stately manor Collinwood.  The film is based on the 1960s/1970s tv series of the same name.  The manor used in the tv series, and the one used in the film are similar yet very different.  Below is a shot of the sprawling estate used in the tv series, known as Carey Mansion, originally called Seaview Terrace.  It’s located in Newport, Rhode Island, was the last of the great summer cottages, and is said to be the fifth largest of Newport’s mansions.  The tv series Dark Shadows used its exteriors as the Collinwood mansion.  The manor used in Johnny Depp’s film ‘Dark Shadows’ is completely fictional.  The facade was constructed in Bourne Woods, Surrey, England over a number of weeks.  Based on some of the ‘mid construction’ photos of the set, we can assume the upper levels of the mansion will be added in digitally.

'Carey Mansion' used as Collinwood in the 1960s/1970s TV series

In the year 1752, Joshua and Naomi Collins, with young son Barnabas, set sail from Liverpool, England to start a new life in America. But even an ocean was not enough to escape the mysterious curse that has plagued their family. Two decades pass and Barnabas (Johnny Depp) has the world at his feet–or at least the town of Collinsport, Maine. The master of Collinwood Manor, Barnabas is rich, powerful and an inveterate playboy…until he makes the grave mistake of breaking the heart of Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green). A witch, in every sense of the word, Angelique dooms him to a fate worse than death: turning him into a vampire, and then burying him alive. Two centuries later, Barnabas is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972. He returns to Collinwood Manor to find that his once-grand estate has fallen into ruin. The dysfunctional remnants of the Collins family have fared little better, each harboring their own dark secrets. Matriarch Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (Michelle Pfeiffer) has called upon live-in psychiatrist, Dr. Julia Hoffman (Helena Bonham Carter), to help with her family troubles. Also residing in the manor is Elizabeth’s ne’er-do-well brother, Roger Collins, (Jonny Lee Miller); her rebellious teenage daughter Carolyn Stoddard (Chloe Moretz); and Roger’s precocious 10-year-old son, David Collins (Gulliver McGrath). The mystery extends beyond the family, to caretaker Willie Loomis, played by Jackie Earle Haley, and David’s new nanny, Victoria Winters, played by Bella Heathcote.


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