Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows could either be a glorious return to form or an even deeper retreat into his hermetically sealed safety zone. I haven’t been a fan of much of his recent work, but sometimes people needs to crank out a few duds before they remember why they loved making films in the first place.
So while the emerging imagery of Depp as Collins looks pretty cool, it also looks like standard Burton. Aesthetically, we know that’s what this movie will be. Let’s just hope the storytelling portion of his skill set is reinvigorated.
“The story focuses on Barnabas Collins (Depp), who was transformed into a vampire by a jilted lover (Eva Green’s witch Angelique) way back in the 1700s and buried. He’s just been dug up, and attempts to reintegrate with his descendants, led by Michelle Pfeiffer’s Elizabeth and Jonny Lee Miller’s Roger – despite the fact that Angelique is still around and still not in a forgiving mood.”
The retelling of the classic teleplay arrives in theaters May 11, 2012.
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Part of EW’s 2012 preview, Warners has shared a new look at both Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeiffer in Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows, the retelling of the classic teleplay arriving in theaters May 11, 2012. The image isn’t all that exciting, but Depp looks haunting as Barnabas Collins.
“The story focuses on Barnabas Collins (Depp), who was transformed into a vampire by a jilted lover (Eva Green’s witch Angelique) way back in the 1700s and buried. He’s just been dug up, and attempts to reintegrate with his descendants, led by Michelle Pfeiffer’s Elizabeth and Jonny Lee Miller’s Roger – despite the fact that Angelique is still around and still not in a forgiving mood.” READ MORE
Back in June we reported on a rumor that Alice Cooper may be taking a cameo in Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows. Now it seems that rumor has been confirmed by the man himself.
Per the LA Times, “Cooper was equally impressed walking through the huge, elaborate sets of “Dark Shadows,” the Warner Bros. film that stars Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Eva Green and Helena Bonham Carter and reaches theaters in May 2012. ‘They should take that set and make it a haunted house next year,’ Cooper said of the Pinewood Studios constructs that include a sprawling gothic mansion and a harbor city complete with pier and boats floating in an artificial ocean. Cooper plays himself in the film, which is set in 1972 – Depp’s character, the recently revived vampire Barnabas Collins, hires the rock star to play a private ball at his seaside home in Maine.”
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Nearly 35 years (!!!) after the release of Welcome To My Nightmare, horror shock rocker Alice Cooper is back with the sequel, entitled Welcome 2 My Nightmare (I see what you did there Alice and it is clever!). The album came out Sept. 13th and landed at #22 on the Billboard charts. Considering how long Alice has been around, this is no small feat!
“This is Alice’s nightmare 35 years later,” explains Alice, “Bob (Ezrin – Producer) and I created this character and we know how to write for him. I play the part but we’re not writing for me, we’re writing for Alice. We kept the first Nightmare album very personal to us, on this one we found more humor and we were more open. This was our world and we want to present it to the fans. The original album was my first solo album after all those huge hit records with the original band and now that nightmare is exposed, this one can be a little bit more open. The music crosses all sorts of boundaries; we went where the lyrics took us.”
Make sure to pick up your copy on iTunes
and also check out sketches of Alice Cooper’s Welcome To My Nightmare Halloween Horror Nights maze here
I’m in a weird frame of mind. Seems like more and more of todays pop stars are big hard rock/metal fans. Lady Gaga is certainly one, what with her near obsession of Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. Now Ke$ha is joining in on this trend by having shock rock legend Alice Cooper come up on stage in Oslo during a cover of School’s Out. So why the weird mood? Because as cool as it is that they are sharing their love of metal with their fans, these pop artists are just so…well, they just try way too damn hard to shock the world the way that the rock stars the idolize did in their time. Trouble is, our generation has pretty much seen and heard it all. So, these attempts to shock and awe us with fashion and “provocative” lyrics don’t have nearly the same impact. Basically, stop trying so hard with how you look and focus on the music you’re releasing.
Johnny Depp joined Alice Cooper on stage in London where he rocked the axe during School’s Out. As he was leaving the stage, apparently Alice Cooper said, “I think we can use another guitar player. If this whole movie thing doesn’t work out, call us.” Hmmm… You can check out the footage after the jump.
Suck is a rock’n'roll vampire comedy about a group of musical wannabees in search of immortality and a record deal. The rock band The Winners have sunk so low, they will do anything to make it big. After a life-changing encounter with a vampire, they rocket to stardom only to discover that fame and fortune are not all they’re cracked up to be.
Back by popular demand, masters of the diabolical Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper will reunite for The Halloween Hootenanny Tour featuring the Gruesome Twosome with special guests (and Zombie labelmates) Murderdolls. The tour kicks off in Los Angeles at the Gibson Amphitheatre on Thursday, September 30th (please see below for tour dates). The pair recently shared the stage for a highly-successful, sold-out limited North American run earlier this year and have long been fans of one another, as well as good friends. The Billings Gazette declared, “Thousands of fans got the show of a lifetime…With elaborate multimedia stage shows and classic fist-pumping anthems, both artists brought much more to the stage than their music…the multi-sensory experience of the show will likely not be forgotten.” Charlotte’s Creative Loafing stated, “Zombie was a wildman – running around stage, flipping his hair in every way and stomping away to rev the crowd into a frenzy…Two fantastic performances…” Drummer Joey Jordison will be doing double-duty on the dates, playing drums with Rob Zombie, as well as playing guitar with his own band, special guests Murderdolls.
As of April 27th, Rob Zombie and ThePublicRecord.com are enlisting the talent of musicians and remixers all around the world for “The Mix Massacre”. Fans and musicians alike are invited to send in killer remixes of two Rob Zombie songs from the new album HELLBILLY DELUXE 2, “Mars Needs Women” and “Sick Bubblegum.”
ThePublicRecord.com (TPR) is a new, interactive, music collaboration site that began as the personal pursuit of music industry pioneer, Scott Humphrey. Renowned for his work as an award-winning and record-breaking studio mixer and producer, Humphrey founded TPR as a solution to match the dynamic shifts of the web with the evolution of digital recording. Click HERE
for more information on the submissions process.
In other news, Rob Zombie and longtime bandmates guitarist John 5, bassist Piggy D along with special guest drummer Joey Jordison (Slipknot/Murder Dolls) recently headlined the Revolver Golden Gods Awards with a slamming 4-song set at Los Angeles’ Club Nokia on Thursday, April 8th. The full show will be broadcast on Saturday, May 22nd on VH1 Classic. Rob Zombie is currently on a co-headlining tour with Alice Cooper, which has already been selling out venues across Canada to rave reviews. The quartet will then hit the road for an extensive North American trek to co-headline this year’s Mayhem Festival (visit: www.robzombie.com
or please see below for all tour dates).
Never Sleep Again steps out from behind the thrilling nightmare and explores the creation of Freddy Krueger and what it takes to bring the worst nightmares to life. There are over 100 interviews from cast and crew, including directors Wes Craven, Renny Harlin, and Ronny Yu, as well as talent John Saxon, rockstar Alice Cooper, Monica Keena (Freddy vs Jason), and Freddy Krueger himself, Robert Englund.
When I read about this Alice Cooper and Rob Zombie tour, my first though was “what took them so long?”. It’s a matchup that just makes sense and I guess the “Gruesome Twosome” agree, they’ll be playing an exclusive limited run of North American tour dates beginning April 26th at the MTS Center in Winnipeg, MB.
Rob Zombie commented, “The dream or nightmare comes true! Me and The Coop have been talking about touring together for about 15 years and finally the moment is here. This will be without a doubt a Rock ‘N’ Roll Spooktacular for all the Cool Ghouls”.
Alice Cooper added, “I’m looking forward to these concerts with Rob. It’s sort of like Dracula vs. Frankenstein, we’re like this generation’s classic monsters. When we’re not onstage frightening audiences, we’ll be backstage trying to scare each other.”
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thequietus.com posted a pretty cool interview with the original “shock rocker” ALICE COOPER. He hits on everything from drinking with Kieth Moon, to finding religion, to his current “Theatre of Death” tour. For UK readers, you can by tickets now for the tour that will be coming through your neighborhood November 24th at alicecooper.com
When asked about the new album that’s due out in 2010 his response was:
“I’m not gonna be very specific with you but I’m gonna say this — I’m creating this new character that Alice will be playing. Also a villain. At the same time it’s going to be a character that’s going to allow Alice to stretch out musically a little bit more. He’s a bit of a phantom but what he does allows the music to do a lot of things. It’ll be pretty interesting.” READ MORE
Take a Chilling Ride of Terror with Horror Celebrities through the most Frightful Haunted Houses across America. Blood Curdling Screams! Scary Monsters of the Night! There’s no escape from the Horrific Zombies and grueling Ghosts! Don’t Turn Off The Lights…and if you are afraid of the dark, be Scared! Be Very Scarred!