Don't waste your time on that CGI laden, mickey-taking Tim Burton remake - treat yourself to the original Dark Shadows movie, directed by Dan Curtis, the creator of the original series. Why waste your time on a pale, pointless copy when you can have the real thing? Curtis wanted to make a film that was accessible to casual viewers, as well as die-hard lovers of the TV series and he makes sure that anyone can enjoy it, fans and non-fans alike.
Barnabas Collins is a vampire who was chained in his coffin 200 years ago - now he's free and returns to Collinwood, the ancestral home. Here he meets a young lady called Maggie Evans, who he believes to be a reincarnation of his lost love, Josette. Barnabas' undead nature is suspected by a couple of scientists, one of whom falls in love with him and tries to cure his vampirism. She succeeds, but when she realises that Barnabas is only interested in Maggie, she betrays him - with horrific consequences.
Faithful to the series, but expanding his canvas with widescreen photography, lavish sets and exteriors, and the kind of bloody violence (for it's time) that was out of the question on the TV show, Curtis has fashioned a most entertaining modern day vampire movie.
Incidentally, the product details on Amazon say it's 4:3 and 1.33:1, but happily this is incorrect. It's a solid 16:9 anamorphic transfer.