May 15, 2012 at 20:36:09
“That may be, and my husband, who has never seen the series, loved the movie. So, the movie, to us, stands on its own merits, and was, in my opinion, very well done, and worth watching more than once.”
May 15, 2012 at 13:17:39
“It's a pity that the reviewer obviously never watched the original. If he had, he might have approached the review from a different perspective. As it is, his sneering synopsis of the plot is just reinforcement for his lack of knowledge regarding the original "Dark Shadows". I find it difficult to believe that he really watched it at all, considering his lack of knowledge about the movie itself and the relationships of the characters.
I found the movie to be a fitting homage to the series. Immersing it in the time period was an excellent way of tying it back to its origins.
My spouse (who never watched the series) and I enjoyed the movie greatly, and we'll be seeing it again.”
The Mighty Pathos on May 15, 2012 at 15:11:05
“Lack of knowledge about the original show is a moot point. Any time a film is made from an old TV show, you must look at the film on its own merit and not give it points based on how well is pays homage to the show.
You don't spend $150 million to just target the audience who watched the show back in the early 70's. A vast majority of people who'll go and see it either have never heard of the original show or only have a wikipedia-level knowledge of it. As a result, you review the film that's on the screen, without giving kudos for ties to the original show.”
“It's true. Even though sometimes the plot twists are so far out that they're unbelievable, still we watch, because it's a break from the everyday. Infomercial TV, based upon the premise that we're just not good enough as we are, has no attraction for us. We already know that we're intelligent, savvy people that don't need any idiotic talking head show to make us feel better. What we need is scripted drama, the kind of programming that lifts us out of whatever trauma we're going through, and makes us realize that everything's going to be all right. The garbage programs can't even come close.
People that think that soaps should have been canceled ages ago have never watched them. They're just shills for the network that wants to gut daytime TV. Get a clue. We're the ones who have money and the wherewithal to spend it: on ourselves, our children and our grandchildren. And we're NOT going to spend it on a network or companies that treat us with disrespect and consider us sheep that will watch whatever's on in the timeslot.”