My mother and I went to go see this for Mother's Day and it ended up being a pretty enjoyable film and one of the better vampire franchises I've seen. The trailer is actually a bit misleading. It has plenty of comedy moments but it's more in the way of a humorous satire of 70s pop culture but it still had a fairly decent balance of serious soap opera drama. Johnny Depp gave a wonderful performance as Barnabas and even my mother liked him in this movie and she normally hates Johnny Depp. My mother is a longtime fan of the original Dark Shadows and she enjoyed the remake movie a lot. I just hope the popularity of the Avengers doesn't overshadow it since the ending set itself up for a sequel.
My mom wanted Dark Shadows, and I wanted Avengers. The group we were with conceded to me. But after Avengers, as I was feeling despondent, mom wanted to theater hop into Dark Shadows. Man, that was just salt in the wound. I blew it. Should have been Dark Shadows all the way (and I've really begun to hate Depp in recent years, especially the Burton/Depp minutia they keep churning out, Dark Shadows was surprisingly okay... Maybe it just seemed that way after the let down of Avengers).