Dark Shadows is an award-winning delight, in every manner. The sparsely-used humor is well-timed and the special effects are marvelous. Depp is awesome as Barnabas Collins. The bad times begin in 1972, when Depp is released from the casket which has served as his deathcare vessel. He's been slumbering for 200 years and is therefore a little cranky.
He shreds the eleven men who have had the misfortune of having discovered his unmarked grave, then returns to the mansion. His first order of business is to begin making money for the Collins family.
He meets Angelique Bouchard, (Eva Green) an enemy from his previous existence and she is still a witch.
Barnabas' next order of business is to secure industrial real estate and to renovate the manor, which he does.
Bouchard is still in love with Barnabas, but he has only given in to her attraction once and vows never to do it again. Later on, she tries to have him again, to no avail.
Hence, she eventually chains him up and places him into a casket, for which young David finds him in the family mausoleum and frees him. Bouchard is busy trying to frame the Collins family as she has set a great fire in Collinsport.
Soon afterward, the ultimate showdown begins between the witch and the vampire and she is defeated with the help of David's mother, the woman who truly loved Barnabas.
Barnabas has fallen in love with Victoria, the nanny and she commits suicide as did the first woman who truly loved him. Again, he jumps in after her, but he bites her neck on the way down and the two live on as vampires