The trailer for Tim Burton's movie Dark Shadows debuted on Ellen on Thursday and the video has already made its way around the Internet in addition to more than 20 new photos and stills from the film.
While Warner Bros. plans to release the trailer via Apple on iTunes at 5 p.m. PST, a few bootleg versions of the video have emerged from users filming the Ellen DeGeneres Show the same day WB released stills from the movie and the launching of the official website. The photos have been posted over at Collider.com, featuring nearly all of cast members.
The tone of the film has strayed from its predecessor, a soap opera series which ran between 1966 and 1971 on ABC of the same name starring Jonathan Frid as the original protagonist, Barnabas Collins, portrayed by Johnny Depp in the film version. Burton's version is more comedic by nature, spinning the vampires, monsters and witches plotline to be funny with whimsical 1970's music and comical rhetoric.
The film is based on the plot from the 1960's gothic cult classic by Dan Curtis adapted for the silver screen by Seth Grahame-Smith and John August. The plot is centered around the Collins family and their various run-ins with the supernatural, werewolves, witches and vampires and Barnabas Collins, a man turned vampire thanks to a vindictive witch Eva Green as Angelique Bouchard, originally played by Lara Parker.
The film also stars Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Jackie Earle Haley, Jonny Lee Miller, Bella Heathcote, Chloe Moretz, and Gulliver McGrath and is directed by Burton.
The official film synopsis from Warner Bros. Pictures reads:
In the year 1752, Joshua and Naomi Collins, with young son Barnabas, set sail from Liverpool, England, to start a new life in America. But even an ocean was not enough to escape the mysterious curse that has plagued their family. Two decades pass and Barnabas (Johnny Depp) has the world at his feet -- or at least the town of Collinsport, Maine. The master of Collinwood Manor, Barnabas is rich, powerful and an inveterate playboy ... until he makes the grave mistake of breaking the heart of Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green). A witch, in every sense of the word, Angelique dooms him to a fate worse than death: turning him into a vampire, and then burying him alive.
Two centuries later, Barnabas is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972. He returns to Collinwood Manor to find that his once-grand estate has fallen into ruin. The dysfunctional remnants of the Collins family have fared little better, each harboring their own dark secrets. Matriarch Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (Michelle Pfeiffer) has called upon live-in psychiatrist, Dr. Julia Hoffman (Helena Bonham Carter), to help with her family troubles.
View the video below to see the bootleg version of the Dark Shadows movie trailer courtesy of BloodyDisgusting.com and view the slideshow to see some of the movie stills released by Warner Bros.