'Dark Shadows' Gets Official Rating, Unlocks New Photos of Barnabas Collins

'Dark Shadows' Gets Official Rating, Unlocks New Photos of Barnabas Collins

The upcoming Tim Burton-directed supernatural movie receives a PG-13 rating because it contains 'comic horror violence, sexual content, some drug use, language and smoking.'
The U.S. rating for Tim Burton's "Dark Shadows" has been confirmed. The supernatural movie officially secures a PG-13 rating from the MPAA due to "comic horror violence, sexual content, some drug use, language and smoking."

In addition to receiving the standard rating, the upcoming horror comedy film has just unveiled a number of new stills that give a fresh look at Johnny Depp's quirky character, Barnabas Collins. Most of the new images show the vampire in some never-before-seen scenes.

In one photo, Barnabas is pictured chatting with Chloe Moretz's Carolyn Stoddard in a room adorned with posters of 1970s rock stars. There is also a still that features the eccentric vampire peeping at a couple who make out on a bed.

Based on a 1960s' Gothic soap opera, "Dark Shadows" centers on Barnabas, a wealthy playboy who owns the Collinwood Manor. One day, he made a big mistake of breaking the heart of vengeful witch Angelique, who then turned him into a vampire before burying him alive.

Two centuries later, Barnabas is accidentally freed from his tomb. The vampire returns to his mansion only to find that his once-grand estate has fallen into ruin. He must now struggle to restore his family's glorious era while having some run-ins with various monsters, witches, werewolves and ghosts.

The movie will not open in the U.S. theaters until May 11. However, its final cut has already been previewed. Entertainment Weekly's Anthony Breznican, who claimed to have watched the final cut, said that "Dark Shadows" has a similar tone to Burton and Depp's "Sleepy Hallow".

Breznican explained that the film has "lots of humor, but with menacing, atmospheric edge." He added, "In 'Dark Shadows', there's an absurdist bent to the monster element. The creatures of the night are adrift in the self-obsessed world of 1970s. In typical Burton fashion, humans are scarier than the fiends."

Aside from Depp and Moretz, "Dark Shadows" stars Michelle Pfeiffer as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, Eva Green as Angelique, Helena Bonham Carter as Dr. Julia Hoffman, Gulliver McGrath as David Collins, Jonny Lee Miller as Roger Collins, Bella Heathcote as Josette du Pres, and Jackie Earle Haley as Willie Loomis.

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