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Ain't It Cool Exclusive! See Mondo's DARK SHADOWS Poster!

Nordling here.

This Friday, Tim Burton's DARK SHADOWS opens, with Burton and Johnny Depp collaborating again on another trip down the strange and fantastic.  This time, Depp plays Barnabas Collins (the role the late Jonathan Frid owned on the television show), the vampire patriarch of the Collins family, a collection of oddities, schemers, and plotters that the world is not prepared for.

My review goes up Friday, but until then enjoy this new poster from MondoTees, courtesy of artist Ghostco (aka Matthew Woodson).  The poster looks foreboding and brooding, an appropriate choice for the immortal Barnabas.  You can check  @MondoNews for sales announcements in the next few days!  There will be a total of 270 posters available.  Enjoy!

Nordling, out.  Follow me on Twitter!

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  • May 9, 2012, 3:01 p.m. CST

    cool poster

    by purplemonkeydw

    love mondo!

  • May 9, 2012, 3:02 p.m. CST

    oh and...

    by purplemonkeydw

    I'd like to humbly thank my employer for work from home days for my firstie above.

  • May 9, 2012, 3:09 p.m. CST


    by bob_uzumaki

    Mondo is back in shape. What a cool poster.

  • May 9, 2012, 3:14 p.m. CST

    That poster looks better than the movie itself.

    by tomandshell

  • May 9, 2012, 3:36 p.m. CST

    Man, that is one big afro.

    by Adrian

    Also, it looks like he's standing on the chin of a massive Peter Cushing.

  • May 9, 2012, 3:38 p.m. CST

    Release is too soon after Avengers. This movie may not be big.

    by Tikidonkeypunch

    I can see myself sneaking in when I go see The Dark Knight Rises or something else.

  • May 9, 2012, 3:43 p.m. CST

    Light Shadows?

    by Charles Calthrop

    Overall the poster is good and I'm all for artistic license and stylization, but maybe Barnabas' shadow should be, oh, I don't know, dark?

  • May 9, 2012, 3:48 p.m. CST

    Getting terrible reviews. At 50% on RT.

    by blackmantis

  • May 9, 2012, 4:03 p.m. CST


    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports


  • May 9, 2012, 4:11 p.m. CST

    I don't get why Mondo is popular

    by sunwukong86

    Someone explain?

  • May 9, 2012, 4:23 p.m. CST

    52% on RT

    by Logan_1973

    I expect it to drop.

  • May 9, 2012, 4:29 p.m. CST

    too bad...

    by poopoohumor

    ...the image is cut exactly in half by the horizon line and the coattails create a blatant tangent with said horizon line. Easy fixes that could have improved this image quite a bit.

  • May 9, 2012, 4:44 p.m. CST

    The lack of TB posts for anything Dark Shadows proves...

    by Cagliostro

    That even the diehard geek community either knows nothing about DS, or cares little. The general masses know even less. Rabid DS fans (like myself) are few in number and consist mainly of aging housewives and most are probably as disgusted as I am. Johnny Depp's supposed love and respect for the source material is just about as genuine as Frank Miller's for The Spirit and I predict that this film will be about on par with that.

  • May 9, 2012, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Post Scrpt...

    by Cagliostro

    I can't fucking stand Mondo.

  • That's what these ads always say to me. Fuck Mondo. Until it starts doing unlimited runs on its "art," there's no point in ever looking twice at their "neener-neener-you'll-never-have-a-chance-to-own-this" posters.

  • May 9, 2012, 5:18 p.m. CST

    by MikeTheSpike

    I'm sorry, but what the fuck is Dark Shadows? I have been on the Internet since 1995 and nobody anywhere (including this site) has *ever* mentioned Dark Shadows until this film came up, and then that guy died the other day. Is this some weird viral marketing thing where they invented a supposedly-beloved show from the 70s? Some show that young Harry watched with his dad, made him the man he is today, blah blah blah? I have never heard of Dark Shadows, and neither have you.

  • May 9, 2012, 5:23 p.m. CST

    re: gruntybear

    by catparade

    you are a grumpy bear.

  • May 9, 2012, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Caspar David Friedrich much?

    by Kaneda Burton

    Total riff on Friedrich's Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog from 1818. Pretty cool stuff. Could someone explain the Mondo hate? It seems like, "If I can't have it then I am going to hate it." Is that it?

  • May 9, 2012, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Mondo always delivers... but this movie looks terrible

    by Jackson

  • May 9, 2012, 5:33 p.m. CST


    by Russell

    You could just go to a little website called google and just fucking search "Dark Shadows" instead of asking moronic questions on here about it really existing as if this is the only goddamn website you have ever had access to for 17 years.

  • May 9, 2012, 5:36 p.m. CST

    "Getting terrible reviews. At 50% on RT." How's 50 Terrible????

    by Proman1984

    Give me a break.

  • May 9, 2012, 5:41 p.m. CST

    jonathan frid was lucky

    by Monnie Knapp

    He died before the horrid reveal of this abomination.

  • May 9, 2012, 5:54 p.m. CST

    and mikethespike

    by Monnie Knapp

    The show was enormously popular during its original run. They played Dark Shadows on PBS in the 80s, then syndicated (think I watched it on WGN), and it was played every weekday on Sci-fi (as it was then known) in the 90s. They released the entire collection on dcs in the 00s. Not long ago, my wife and I watched a few episodes on Netflix. Not only is the show well known, it's pretty fucking ubiquitous.

  • May 9, 2012, 6:15 p.m. CST

    @ the_gmork : FYI Jonathan Frid IS IN this movie !

    by livingwater

    The movie is classic Tim Burton.

  • May 9, 2012, 6:23 p.m. CST


    by Logan_1973

    What school did you attend where 50% is a passing grade?

  • May 9, 2012, 6:24 p.m. CST

    i heard about the cameo

    by Monnie Knapp

    Film still looks like utter shit. I can't describe how far my heart sunk upon viewing the trailer. I'll wait for Frankenweenie, which looks like my kind of classic Burton. The man's been hit or miss since his Apes debacle.

  • May 9, 2012, 6:48 p.m. CST

    Stunning! I did a poster for Dark Shadows too:

    by caltsoudas

    It's fan made. Made it a while back: and in black and white: I absolutely love this one though.

  • May 9, 2012, 7:08 p.m. CST


    by Kirbymanly

    I'll tell you how 50 is terrible. It's the equivalent of an F on a test. But, I suppose that's why you didn't know that. I'm a die-hard Burton fan and think this movie looks awful. Whoever wrote those "jokes" I've seen in the trailer and clips should be put out to pasture.

  • May 9, 2012, 8:31 p.m. CST


    by MikeTheSpike

    Thanks friend, but I don't literally think it doesn't exist. I was exaggerating for effect. It exists, alright, but nobody gives a flying fig about it and nobody has for 30 years - as evidenced by the fact that nearly two decades of genre-based web surfing by yours truly has never once brought up so much as a mention of this program. The few people who are going to enjoy this film will not be the fans of the original material.

  • May 9, 2012, 8:51 p.m. CST

    Hey, Herc, I've said it before but...

    by tangcameo

    ...if Mondo comes out with a PARIS, TEXAS poster, sign me up. Especially if its of Natassja Kinski in that fuzzy pink backless sweater.

  • May 9, 2012, 9:10 p.m. CST

    Why can't the moon look like, ya know, the moon?

    by Jaka

    Otherwise, I really like this one.

  • ...think Beetlejuice, not Alice In Wonderland or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I was like, huh, OK. I'd like it to remind me even a little of the tone of Beetlejuice, but I'm not getting that from the previews.

  • May 9, 2012, 9:36 p.m. CST

    That's right, buckethead50

    by MikeTheSpike

    The short-lived prime time remake really shows what a huge and devoted fanbase this property has. It's definitely not something that only 50-something divorcees with perms remember. Nope. Definitely beloved the world over, this Dark Shadows.

  • May 9, 2012, 10:08 p.m. CST

    GREAT poster

    by gotilk

    for a movie I won't be seeing. Too bad, too. The comedic tone of the trailer turned me off.

  • May 9, 2012, 10:11 p.m. CST

    Mondo's doing posters for anything

    by boardbrtn

  • May 9, 2012, 10:24 p.m. CST

    Burton needs to stop making movies that are 'Burton movies'

    by Raptor Jesus

    Frankenweenie and this pretty much prove that. He hasn't made a good movie since 'Ed Wood'.

  • May 9, 2012, 11 p.m. CST

    Mondo jumped the shark a while ago

    by jimmy_009

    Why not actually try to match the tone of the movie you're doing a poster for?

  • May 9, 2012, 11:37 p.m. CST

    Actually, Burton hadn't made a bad movie until "Big Fish"

    by gruntybear

    I would still take any Burton production over anything related to anybody involved with "Lost."

  • May 9, 2012, 11:49 p.m. CST

    That poster looks terribly amateurish

    by Ditko

    very ugly, sorry.

  • May 10, 2012, 6:37 a.m. CST


    by Pete Michaelson

    I like your poster way better than the Mondo one. Theirs looks like a graphic novel cover; yours looks like art.

  • May 10, 2012, 6:43 a.m. CST

    50 odd percent on Rotten Tomatoes is not 'Terrible'

    by barnaby jones

    0-30 is though, Burton & Depp have to many fan boys for it to drop that low though.

  • May 10, 2012, 7:10 a.m. CST

    my take on MONDO:

    by theDORK

    Tell collector idiots there are only 200 or so of something, and they'll rush to buy it. 200 or so limited editions of crap doesn't mean 200 or so limited editions of crap are going to be good or worth anything.

  • May 10, 2012, 7:16 a.m. CST

    And this paid advertisement brought to you by Mondo and AICN

    by Rupee88

    a little obvious lately

  • May 10, 2012, 7:46 a.m. CST

    Fanboys or not, 50% is far from good

    by Logan_1973

    Even the positive reviews are pretty hard on it.

  • May 10, 2012, 8:11 a.m. CST


    by MikeTheSpike

    Uh oh, hit a nerve. You've been nursing your love of Dark Shadows for 40 years and now that it's finally getting its chance to shine, you can't *stand* that nobody cares. It's okay, though; I went through much the same thing when the Fiennes/Thurman Avengers came out. These feelings will pass and, god willing, you'll move on. Listen, I ain't saying Dark Shadows was unknown back in its day. I'm simply saying that today, nobody gives a shit.

  • May 10, 2012, 8:20 a.m. CST

    Some new direction needed for Mondo Posters!!!

    by otlguy

    I love most of what Mondo is producing, but I find that there is a need for some new directions, new illustrators, something. The Conan poster was weaker than usual. The Burning, Iron Giant, Swamp Thing, Steamboat Willie, My Neighbor Totoro were awesome, they made us look at the film in a different light, they took the stories that we know and love and represented them (on the one sheet) in a way we hadn't seen before. There is no taking away the talent, I couldn't begin to do what they do. I would hate for them to stretch things too thin. Quality over quantity.

  • May 10, 2012, 8:24 a.m. CST

    And fuck SYFY...

    by Cagliostro

    For taking the show out of rotation about a week before the climax of it's what? 1100 something episodes. Fucking douche bags. P.S., @ buckethead50: No one really does give a shit, except for maybe you and me.

  • May 10, 2012, 11:40 a.m. CST

    This movie doesn't deserve a poster this cool

    by mrm1138

    Saw an advance screening the other day, and the prologue is the only good part of this movie. Why make a movie based on Dark Shadows if you're just going to turn it into some half-assed Addams Family rip-off? And if you're not going to try to make it like the show, why keep around the character of Dr. Hoffman and give her nothing of consequence to do? I'm so glad I didn't pay for this crap.

  • May 10, 2012, 3:36 p.m. CST

    why does Tim Burton need to stop making "Burton" movies?

    by TheDark0Knight

    He makes them for "Burton" fans. Just like Wes Anderson makes his movies for Wes Anderson fans. Or Tarantino makes movies for Tarantino fans. Not every filmmaker is like Ridley Scott or Spielberg, or even Martin Scorsese. Some film makers (like painters) make films in the same style every time out. & I'm ok with that. I don't dig every Tim Burton flick, but he's not a bad filmmaker, and really the only true "bad" film he has made is his Planet of the Apes.

  • May 10, 2012, 3:46 p.m. CST

    not good

    by cockknocker666

    thats not a good drawing.

  • May 10, 2012, 4:08 p.m. CST

    thedork - I can't really agree with you because...

    by Jaka

    ....they aren't charging ridiculous amounts of money for them. In fact, they charge pretty reasonable amounts for the quality of the paper/print. If somebody wants a nice $50 print of something they like on their wall, what's the big deal? It cost that much to get a good quality print of anything.

  • May 10, 2012, 5:27 p.m. CST

    the dark0knight

    by Logan_1973

    When Burton breaks out of his own little envelope great stuff happens; BATMAN, SLEEPY HOLLOW, ED WOOD, even BIG FISH. Other than that he just keeps buying up other people's properties and dressing Johnny Depp up like a clown.

  • May 10, 2012, 6:36 p.m. CST

    @mikethespike, re: nobody cares about Dark Shadows.

    by Felix

    It was a cult soap opera with a cult following. That you've never heard of it just proves that you're not all that much of a pop culture nerd. Any fan of vampire fiction knows who he is. He is amongst the great vampire of popular fiction. Of which you clearly know nothing about. That being said, this movie will tank and make some money selling goofy merchandise at Hot Topic and Spencers.

  • May 10, 2012, 6:41 p.m. CST

    Also, those who say this isn't a good drawing/painting.

    by Felix

    Links to your superior Dark Shadows artwork would be greatly appreciated.

  • May 11, 2012, 1:06 a.m. CST

    Awww!!!! Sap!

    by Felix

    I shut up the trolls. Bazinga!

  • May 11, 2012, 2:38 a.m. CST


    by caltsoudas

    Actually, I posted my own Dark Shadows art further up, however I'm one of those who really do love this illustration a lot. In fact people should go to his site, he does really beautiful work.

  • May 11, 2012, 2:57 a.m. CST

    You're a hell of an artist caltsoudas! Nice job!

    by RedJester

    In my mind, your poster is much more suited for the film that it's advertising/an ode to than Mondo's. Keep up the good work!

  • May 11, 2012, 7:08 a.m. CST

    @jaka Agreed, but:

    by theDORK

    I guess my main beef is: why the limited number of everything? I suppose I just don't understand the Mondo process. The artists who produce the posters only make a limited number of (whatever), and when they're sold, they're sold. I've actually seen some that looked cool that I'd like to have...but the high price and limited availability prevent me from purchasing. Why not make more available, instead of the artificial constraint amount? If you or someone can enlighten me on the Mondo concept, then I'll understand. The whole "Tweet and 1 minute later they're gone" concept bewilders me. I'm not watching my tweets all day, and not that hot to do nothing but wait to buy.