Dark Shadows (2012)

Character: Angelique Bouchard
Director: Tim Burton
Co-Stars: Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Jackie Earle Haley, Jonny Lee, Miller, Bella Heathcote, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Lee
Written by: Seth Grahame-Smith, John August
Based on: Dark Shadows, television soap opera created by Dan Curtis
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
MPAA Rating: PG-13

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 Elizbeth Collins Stoddard (Michelle Pfeiffer) has called upon live-in psychiatrist, Dr. Julia Hoffman (Helena Bonham Carter), to help with her family troubles.

Eva Green’s Role

Eva plays the role of Angelique Bouchard who is a practicing witch that worked at Collinwood Manor until Barnabas broke her heart and she turned him into a vampire and burying him for two centuries while killing both his parents and the love of his life. Angelique goes on to make a name for herself as the head of Angel Bay until Barnabas gets broken out by accident and returns to Collinsport. Angelique tries to get Barnabas to love her but it goes unreturned and she is hell bent on revenge.

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Eva Green

On her character Angelique Bouchard

“Everything is perfect about Angelique. She’s almost like she’s wearing a mask. And, you know, it’s like this perfect makeup, the red lips, blond hair. Very sophisticated, glamorous. And little by little, since the moment Barnabas has come out of the coffin…she starts to crack up. There’s something very human about her. You know, her heart’s been broken. She’s just a very damaged person.”

“Everything is magnified with her. From pain, her desire, vengeance. It’s such an extreme character. She’s not completely mad. Tiny bit.”

“I loved the relationship between Angelique and Barnabas. It was very electric, kind of a love-hate relationship. When he rejects her for Josette, she’s not very happy.”

“Through the centuries, Angelique has become the most, um, powerful…businesswoman in Collinsport. And then when Barnabas reemerges, it’s kind of overwhelming for Angelique. She wants to own him, to possess every little bit. She’s just convinced that he loves her as much as she loves him. But he won’t admit it.”


Johnny Depp

On working with Eva

“Eva’s work, you know, it was extraordinary. The transition from profound, deep, deep obsessive love…to pain and then rage. The transitions were flawless.”

“She was a real trouper. You know, if you’re being, you know, yanked around the room on a harness…with cables attached to you and stuff like that, it’s pretty intense stuff.”


Tim Burton

On working with Eva

“I love her. When I first met her I didn’t really know her but I just met her and thought “This is it.” She’s got that kind of quality which is good for that character, but also the quality I like. She’s like an old-time movie actress. She’s still got this sense of mystery about her which is lacking in our modern day and age something I find quite strong and alluring is that someone with a sense of mystery and power to them and she is really a great surprise.”


Eurnice Huthart

On working with Eva

“Eva would come to us going: “Okay, I’ve got three hours free this afternoon. What can we rehearse?” That makes our job so much easier.”

Eva’s character Angelique Bouchard
“Let me hear you say ‘I love you, Angelique. I want you.”

“Black hair, handsome features. Strange clothes covered in fresh blood.”

“My, we’ve let this place go to hell, haven’t we?”

“I also remember the two of us having a lot of fun.”

“Don’t exaggerate, it was only 196.”

“I’ve been an upstanding member of this community for 200 years…in one form or another.”

“Hypnotizing fishermen isn’t business acumen, Barnabas.”

“Just two big fish in an itty-bitty pond.”

“Sure, it was fun…watching your family squirm and burn away…like ants under a magnifying glass.”

“You’re the only ant I couldn’t…burn.”

“What a cold way to describe something so hot.”

“If I can’t have you, my love…I’ll destroy you.”

“Interesting. I don’t know many people who take business meetings…on the bottom of the ocean.”

“Either you agree to rule this little pond of mine side by side…partners and lovres…or I put you back in the box.”

“Sleeping flame, I summon thee, To your form return , Make the night as bright as day, And burn, baby, burn.”

“See you in a couple centuries, lover boy.”

“Just like I made David no better than a bastard…when I sent his mommy to the ocean floor to have tea with the tuna.”
Production Trivia & Facts
Has a run time of 1 hour and 53 minutes.

Is an American-Australian co-production.

The film was shot at Pinewood Studios in the UK. Exterior shots were filmed at Beckenham Park.

Eva made an uncredited appearance as Angelique’s mother in the prologue of the film. Eva could be seen wearing a black cloak, saying “Angelique! How many times do I have to tell you not to stare at him? Remember your place.” with a French accent.

Eva described her role of Angelique Bouchard as “Bette Davis and Janis Joplin mixed together.”

The juxtaposition between Eva and Bella Heathcote’s characters were very evident in the film: Josette (Bella Heathcote) has blonde hair while Angelique has dark brown hair. When in 1972, this was reversed: Josette/Maggie has dark brown hair and Angelique is blonde.

With no time for rehearsal prior to filming, Tim Burton found a way to put his entire main cast in the mindset of their respective roles: He gathered them together on the set for a photo session in which they replicated the famous image of the original Dark Shadows (1966) cast all standing in the foyer of Collinwood. This image evolved into the film’s teaser poster.

The opening credits feature Victoria Winters en route to Collinwood, repeating her name to herself (“My name is Victoria Winters…”), while the prologue featured a shot of waves breaking onto a cliffshore. This is a reverse of the Dark Shadows (1966) opening, where the prologue featured Victoria Winters traveling and the title sequence was of the waves breaking upon seashore scree.

Angelique built up a rival fishery called Angel Bay Seafood to bring down the Collins.

The film was shipped to theaters under the code name “Night Moves”.

The producers scoured the UK and Maine (USA) to find an appropriate fishing village to film Collinsport in, but couldn’t find one that fit. Thus they constructed the whole town from scratch in Pinewood Studios.

The scene where Barnabas approaches Collinwood in 1972 is a direct copy of Barnabas’s first scene in House of Dark Shadows (1970), where he approaches Collinwood from the shadows.

During the sex fight sequence at one point Angelique had at least 4 arms wrapped around Barnabas.

Christopher Lee stars with Jonny Lee Miller in this film. Decades earlier, Lee had appeared with Miller’s grandfather Bernard Lee in the James Bond 007 film The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), which was based on a novel written by Lee’s cousin Ian Fleming. Coincidentally, Lee and Lee Miller co-stars with Eva in Dark Shadows (2012). Eva appeared as Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale (2006), Ian Fleming’s first novel on the adventures of James Bond.

The film takes place in 1760, 1776 and 1972.

During the opening monologue, when the Collins’ are seen boarding a ship to the new world, the figure head on the bow of the ship is the likeness of Angelique.

Musician Alice Cooper made a cameo in the film. He appears as the entertainment for the party thrown for the townspeople performing a rendition of “No More Mr. Nice Guy”.

For the sex fight sequence, the actors worked with stunt coordinator Eunice Huthart and wore harnesses that spun them through the air. Eva was not too fond of the sequence since she doesn’t like heights but took it upon herself to rehearse and do her own stunts.

At the closing credits, there is a dedication that says “To the memory of Dan Curtis”. Dan Curtis is the creator of the television soap opera Dark Shadows (1966) where the film is based on.

When the Warner Bros and Village Roadshow logos appear, the Dark Shadows (1966) score “The Secret Room” can be briefly heard.

According to costume designer Colleen Atwood, she designed the 18th and 20th century costumes and then overlaid and blended in elements from both to create a smooth, similar feel that suited the film.

Tim Burton, Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeiffer were fans of the original Dark Shadows (1966), having watched it when they were young.

Angelique’s car is a 1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda.

Colleen Atwood created Josette duPres’s dress from nylon and aluminum.

The figurehead made in the image of Angelique, from the ship the Collinses travel to America on, can later be seen as wall decoration in Angelique’s conference room.

The film is set in 1972, a year after the original Dark Shadows (1966) soap opera ended its run.

Dark Shadows marks as the eighth collaboration between Tim Burton and Johnny Depp. They previously worked together in Edward Scissorhands (1990), Ed Wood (1994), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Corpse Bride (2005), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), and Alice in Wonderland (2010).

Dark Shadows marks the first collaboration between Eva and Tim Burton. They re-teamed for Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016).

In an interview, Michelle Pfeiffer stated that if Johnny Depp felt someone on the cast had a particularly good day acting he would hand out “finger awards” which is the fingernail part and he would hand it to the cast member which Michelle was a recipient of.
Awards & Nominations

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA (2013)

Nominated (Saturn Award)

Best Performance by a Younger Actor/Actress – Chloë Grace Moretz

Nominated (Saturn Award)

Best Production Design – Rick Heinrichs

BMI Film & TV Awards (2013)

Won (BMI Film Music Award)

Film Music – Danny Elfman

British Society of Cinematographers (2012)

Nominated (GBCT Operators Award)

Des Whelan

Empire Awards, UK (2013)

Nominated (Empire Award) – Best Horror

Golden Trailer Awards (2013)

Nominated (Golden Trailer)

Best Voice Over TV Spot

Golden Trailer Awards (2012)

Nominated (Golden Trailer)

Best Animation/Family Poster

Best Summer 2012 Blockbuster Poster

Best Wildposts

Kids’ Choice Awards, USA (2013)

Won (Blimp Award)

Favorite Movie Actor – Johnny Depp

People’s Choice Awards, USA (2013)

Nominated (People’s Choice Award)

Favorite Comedic Movie

Favorite Movie Actor – Johnny Depp

Young Artist Awards (2013)

Nominated (Young Artist Award)

Best Performance in a Feature Film (Supporting Young Actor) – Gulliver McGrath

Critics on Eva Green’s performance

Alex Zane, The Sun

“It’s that battle that gets the most screen time, which is a good thing, as Eva Green is fantastic as the sexually charged sorceress who refuses to leave Barnabas alone. Their relationship provides the real drama in a film that is far darker than the gag-filled trailer suggests.”

Dana Stevens, Slate

“And Eva Green, the coolly beautiful French actress who played James Bond’s treacherous true love in Casino Royale, really needs to become the next big thing pronto: She turns a fairly generic sexy withc into a memorably delicious villain, especially in a scene where she and Barnabas destroy a very mod ‘70s office in a bout of athletic, gravity-defying sex.”

Jason Best, What’s on TV

“…But this time it’s Green’s wild-eyed pale-skinned seductress who really sinks her teeth into the film.”

Victoria Alexander, Film Festival Today

“Eva Green is the showstopper. I love Eva Green ever since 2003’s The Dreamers. Who can forget her as Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale? Why didn’t Green’s Cracks get a bigger theatrical release? When Angelique finally seduces Barnabas, their sex scene triumphs. If only they had undressed.”

Chris Bumbray, JoBlo

“As his nemesis, we get the deliriously sexy Eva Green. Thing is – I have a wild crush on Green, and ever since THE DREAMERS I’ve adored her. Green gets to show a surprising flair for physical comedy, and as always she’s a sight to behold (although I prefer her with dark hair, rather than blond). Problem is, Green is so good opposite Depp, his real love interest, Bella Heathcoat (at 24 – seeming rather young next to the forty-something Depp) doesn’t really get much of a chance to establish herself.”

Scott Mantz, Access Hollywood

“But it grows on you as it progresses, thanks to its bizarre humor, a groovy 70’s soundtrack and amusing performances from the likes of Eva Green, Michelle Pfeiffer (as the Collins matriarch), Helena Bonham Carter (as the family psychiatrist) and, of course, Johnny Depp.”

Peter Keough, The Phoenix

“Eva Green embodies the ultimate evil of female power and sexuality as Barnabas’s nemesis, the witch Angelique.”

Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

“Depp always delivers funny lines with intelligence and charm, and between them Bonham Carter and Green are two of the most distinctive female leads in the business.”

Richard Corliss, Time

“Best is Green, who was Daniel Craig’s Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale, and whom I promise I will some day stop calling the most gorgeous woman in pictures. Of all the temptresses in Dark Shadows, Green most acutely understands how to play for both humor and horror. In dark hair or light, as an 18th-century witch-goddess or a 20th-century entrepreneuse, she seizes the screen and seduces the moviegoer, even as Angie entices Barnabas into a one-time sex romp that lifts them up the walls of her office and cracks a lot of crockery. Does this principled vampire resist the demon’s attempts to make him endure her erotic torments through all eternity? Then, the mesmerized viewer says, ‘Take me, please!”

Matthew Turner, The ViewLondon

“This is Depp’s eighth collaboration with Burton (and his fifth in a row) and Barnabas is a worthy addition to his gallery of oddball characters, delivering delicious deadpan dialogue and generating strong chemistry with both Green and Pfeiffer. Similarly, Green (wearing a variety of eye-popping, cleavage-friendly costumes) is perfectly cast as Angelique (her wild staring eyes working overtime) and there’s strong support from Pfeiffer and an even-more-pouty-than-usual Moretz. Despite its numerous flaws, Depp and Green ensure that Dark Shadows remains watchable throughout, though it’s never quite as much fun as it should have been.”