Waiting for Wednesday: what to see on Netflix if you’re a Tim Burton fan?

For our “Operation Nostalgia” column, today we offer you some titles to (re) watch on Netflix if you are a fan of Tim Burton and look forward to the new TV series Wednesday.

From November 23, the most macabre teenager in American comics arrives on Netflix. Created by the pencil of New Yorker cartoonist Charles Addams over eighty years ago, Wednesday, daughter of Gomez and Morticia, returns with a new, more contemporary serial interpretation entirely dedicated to her, directed and produced by the great Tim Burtonrecently guest at Lucca Comics & Games, just to present his upcoming project entitled, in fact, Wednesday. After the Disney live-action Dumbothe visionary author of gothic cinema is now waiting for what seems to be a respectable reworking, and which will finally make us discover something more about the young student of the Nevermore Academyan outsider with paranormal powers ready to juggle mysteries, murders and new complicated relationships.

While waiting for the series, we advise you to see or review five titles which in different ways recall the unmistakable settings between horror and comics by Tim Burton, ranging from films and TV series, all available on Netflix.

The Corpse Bride

Stop-motion feature film that follows the previous one Nightmare Before Christmas, Corpse Bridein the Italian version The Corpse Brideis a horror based on a 19th century Jewish folk story, transposed here in the Victorian era by screenwriters John August, Caroline Thompsone and Pamela Pettler. The story is that of an accidental and arranged marriage between the young Victor Van Dort and Victoria Everglot, and of an angelic and macabre figure who will accompany the former on an incredible journey into the world of the dead. Emily, as the bride dressed in rags is called, is the heart of a film that makes ghosts the means to reconnect memory and the present, a character who wants to be loved with all its oddities and which symbolically contains the moving dedication of its author and co-author, Tim Burton and Mike Johnson, to the voice actor and producer Joe Raanft, a dear friend of the director who died during the making of the film.

Photo Credits: Warner Bros.

The terrifying adventures of Sabrina

Daughter of a sorcerer and a human, Sabrina Spellman enters the collective imagination thanks to the animated series Sabrina, Bewitched in the middle of the 70s, subsequently picked up by the ABC channel which gives life to a teen-comedy version of enormous success (from 1993 to 2003), interpreted, in an unforgettable way, by the actress Melissa Joan Hart. In 2017 Netflix creates its own spin-off set this time in the universe of Riverdalewith the very young protagonist Kiernan Shipka, in a version that broadly incorporates storylines and characters but clearly deepens the magical aspect of the powers, of Sabrina and her Aunts, together with all the superstition that has always surrounded her strange world. Not a Tim Burton show, but yes a series to watch if you love creepy atmospheres.

The Terrifying Adventures of Sabrina: a special episode dedicated to Christmas is coming
Photo Credits: Netflix

Cabinet of Curiosities of Guillermo del Toro

Academy Award in 2018 for The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro is today one of the greatest representatives of fantasy, always able to make poetics and style, bestiality and humanity coexist. The latest work he edited Cabinet of Curiosities is an anthological series in eight episodes, directed by eight directors who adapt short stories written by del Toro himself and by other authors. Between quotes and monsters, mysteries and nightmares, this series has everything those who love the genre are looking for: entertainment and magnificence, with some excursions into the personal cinema of the many directors who are part of it (Jennifer Kent, David Prior, Guillermo Navarro, Keith Thomas, Panos Cosmatos, Catherine Hardwicke, Vincenzo Natali and Ana Lily Amirpour).

cabinet of curiosities netflix
Photo Credits: Netflix

Dark Shadows

There is no Tim Burton who holds without the chameleon presence of Johnny Depp. The duo, who have been collaborating together since the days of Edward scissor handsin 2012 they work side by side for a very personal reinterpretation of the historic soap opera Dark Shadows, certainly then (1966-1972) innovative for having integrated witches, time travel, werewolves and zombies into the classic family tale. The film tells the story of a vampire (Depp) who returned from the world of the dead two centuries later to meet his descendants, facing rejections, conflicts and romantic stories. Also in the cast Michelle Pfeiffer, Eva Green, Helena Bonham Carter, Chloë Grace Moretz.

dark shadows
Photo Credits: Warner Bros.

Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Three-time Oscar-winning masterpiece in 1993 (Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Best Sound Editing), Bram Stoker’s Dracula renews the vampire genre by re-adapting a classic of 1987 literature, Bram Stoker’s Irish Dracula. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola on a screenplay by James V. Hart, this horror with the music of Annie Lennox and the composer Wojciech Kilar, dares to accentuate the bodily and erotic component of Stoker’s novel, staging a London Dracula who goes to a law firm convinced that the secretary is the reincarnation of his beloved. Gothic and baroque at the same time, perfect for Tim Burton lovers, the film is made great by a stellar cast (Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu Reeves, Monica Bellucci) whose star is certainly a great Gary Oldman in the role of the Count Multiform and quick-change Dracula.

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Photo Credits: Columbia Tri-Star Films Italia

Waiting for Wednesday: what to see on Netflix if you’re a Tim Burton fan?