Feb. 1, 2012 at 9:12 AM ET
"Dark Shadows" fans, we still have reason for concern.
Back in September, when this photo of Johnny Depp was released, fans tried to make excuses for his creepy pale makeup. Handsome Barnabas Collins, the vampire star of the 1960s-1970 soap opera, couldn't possibly be starring in a big-screen movie slathered in clownface, could he?
My favorite theory at the time was that Barnabas perhaps needed some cover-up to go out in the bright sun (though he was never a sparkly "Twilight" vamp).
But this latest photos aren't encouraging. Not only is Depp clearly indoors and still in whiteface, but the pointy, creepy fingers are are unnerving. Jonathan Frid, who played Barnabas in the "Dark Shadows" TV show, blended in as an aristocratic scion, his supernatural self was never externalized like this. I'm a little creeped out by this Barnabas.
But different strokes, apparently. The readers who left comments on the Dark Shadows News blog are very much fans of the new photos. "These look wonderful!" said one fan.
Wrote another: "The nails kind of threw me, but Johnny did say that he wanted this Barnabas to be a classic movie monster, and the 'claws' fit PERFECTLY with THAT!"
Johnny Depp's a smart guy, and of all the actors out there, is perhaps the one most willing to embrace the weird and the wonderful. For now, this fan of the old show is trusting that he knows what he's doing. The film's out May 11, but there's been no trailer released yet. Maybe that will tell.
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