Monday night’s premiere of Warner Bros.’ “Dark Shadows” at the Chinese carried a distinctly retro feel.
“Welcome to 1972!” declared Alice Cooper at the after-party — in a tent decorated as Collinwood Manor, circa four decades ago — as he performed half a dozen vintage tunes (“School’s Out,” “Brown Sugar,” “I’m Eighteen,” “Whole Lotta Love”). Bandmates included Steven Tyler, Joe Perry and “Johnny D” aka Johnny Depp.
“This is all surreal to me — going from Tim Burton fan to screenwriter — and I still don’t feel like I quite belong,” mused Seth Grahame-Smith. “The movies that I saw in Danbury, Connecticut, like ‘Beetlejuice’ and ‘Batman’ are the movies that made me get into the business.”
Richard Zanuck, who received his first producing credit in 1959, reflected that he has now worked with director Burton on his last half dozen live-action films.
“People don’t believe me but Tim’s very normal and kind of shy,” Zanuck said. “And he’s got a great work ethic.”
Producer Graham King, best known for gritty fare like “The Departed” and “The Town,” admitted that he’s still a bit surprised to have been part of a light-hearted vampire comedy. “This is nothing but fun — not quite the kind of film you expect from me,” he noted.