Dark Shadows

I have to admit that I went into the theater with low expectations. The advertising promised something way too campy for my taste. The movie does have its flaws. It felt more like a pilot for a new series than a complete story in that it introduced a lot of fun characters, then did very little with most of them. Rather, it was as if the writers felt required to pay homage to the original cast of characters, but didn't quite know what to do with them. As a follower of the original soap, I knew who the players were and might have been disappointed not to see them. For younger audiences, I'm not sure it would have made much of a difference.

Still, I was pleasantly surprised by the film. I liked it. It was better than I expected.