Burton a lifelong Dark Shadows fan
Tim Burton has revealed he used to run home from school to catch the TV version of what has become his latest film, Dark Shadows.
The acclaimed director joined longtime collaborator Johnny Depp to present footage from their big-screen remake of the 1960s show, at CinemaCon in Las Vegas.
Tim, whose partner is the Oscar-nominated British actress Helena Bonham Carter, said: "I wasn't doing my homework. I was watching this weird TV show."
And the Edward Scissorhands filmmaker said he, Johnny and co-star Michelle Pfeiffer were the only people on set who had watched the TV show when it aired from 1966 to 1971.
"Try to make sense of it," he said as the preview of his film began.
Johnny barely spoke as Tim introduced the movie. He appeared on stage wearing all black, a vest and an assortment of necklaces and bracelets.
The star plays Barnabas Collins, a wronged vampire who awakens 200 years in the future to discover disco, television and microwaves.
The preview showed Barnabas trying to get acquainted with his modern relatives, who live in his 18th century mansion. They include Michelle and her on-screen daughter Chloe Moretz, who plays a bored teenager. An immortal witch portrayed by Eva Green threatens to destroy Barnabas's family if she can't have him.
Rocker Alice Cooper has a cameo in the movie.
Johnny and Tim first collaborated on the 1990 film Edward Scissorhands. They also worked together on Corpse Bride, Sweeney Todd, and Ed Wood, among other films.