On May 11, "Dark Shadows," the newest Tim Burton film will be released into theaters nationwide. The film stars Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins, the central character in Burton's take on the classic vampire fantasy show that debuted in 1966. For the big screen, Burton and screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith took the story into more of a dark comedy genre, angering some fans of the original series.
This marks the eighth time that Depp and Burton have teamed up together in their careers. They seem to have a great working chemistry, and it shows in their films. The chemistry is so good in fact that the two were joking about Depp being in the potential sequel to one of Burton's most beloved comedies, "Beetlejuice," which Graheme-Smith is also penning the script for. Whether or not Johnny shows up in the sequel, the two have worked together to create some memorable characters and performances, and here are some of the most notable ones.
"Edward Scissorhands" - Traditionally viewed as one of the best, if not the best, collaboration between Tim and Johnny, it was also the first time the pair teamed up. The 1990 dark fantasy film follows the story of a man created and brought to life by a scientist and inventor who dies before he can finish Edward, leaving him with crude hands made out of, you guessed it, scissors. The film also starred Winona Ryder, who dated Depp for a few years as well.
"Ed Wood" - Depp and Burton must love working on films where Johnny's character is named Ed, because in 1994 they reunited to tell the story of the real-life auteur who is held in many circles as the worst director of all time. Shot in black and white, the film is a wonderfully bizarre trip into Hollywood in the 1950s. It also stars Martin Landau in an Oscar-winning performance as Bella Lugosi.
"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" - In 2005, Burton and Depp took on one of the most beloved children's stories of all time. Not only Roald Dahl's book a treasured classic, but the film adaptation starring Gene Wilder is a classic film, beloved by many generations. Depp took on the role of Willy Wonka, and was just bizarre enough to be off-putting but also tremendously hilarious.
"Corpse Bride" - The two got together for this animated tale of a man who accidentally proposes to a woman while practicing his vows. The biggest problem? The woman's dead. But of course things like mortality are never too big an obstacle in Burton's films. Helena Bonham Carter, Burton's real life long time girlfriend, plays the dead lady in question.
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