Helena Bonham Carter: Dark Shadows 'impossible to sell'

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Based on the 1966–1971 gothic soap opera of the same name, this supernatural dramedy film is directed by Tim Burton and stars Johnny Depp as a 200-year-old vampire by the name of Barnabas Collins. After being imprisoned in an underground tomb, Collins is accidentally freed and returns to his ancestral home, where his dysfunctional descendants are in need of his protection. Michelle Pfeiffer plays the role of Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, Barnabas' cousin and the reclusive matriarch of the Collins family.
December 2nd, 2011

Helena Bonham Carter admits 'Dark Shadows' is going to be "impossible to sell".

The 'King's Speech' star plays the role of a therapist with a drinking problem in the movie - which also stars Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeiffer - directed by long-term partner Tim Burton, but she does not think it will be an easy film to market.

She told Deadline.com: "My character's an alcoholic psychiatrist, so I hadn't played that before. And she's got a secret. They all have secrets. It's all about people who have secrets."

"It's very original and it's kind of uncategorisable. It's going to be impossible to sell, frankly, because it's a soap opera, but it's very, very subtle. I don't know. We'll see. It's a ghost story, but then it's an unhappy vampire story."

Chloe Moretz - who also has a role in the movie - previously said she had a "great" time while working on the eccentric movie.

She said: "I play Carolyn, Michelle Pfeiffer's daughter. It's great, it's been amazing. We've been shooting for two months now, it's going really well."