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Separated at Birth? Depp and Vanian

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Earlier this week I saw a screening of Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd. I'll leave a proper review to my betters, but suffice it to say, I vote it "the feel good hit of the Holiday Season". Not precisely a masterpiece, you sort of have to ignore the half-assed singing and wait for the spurting blood--the kind of spurting that would make Dario Argento proud. Afterwards my friend and I tried to go out and eat meat pies, but had to settle for a hamburger. (Still appropos.) But hold on, that's not what this post is really about.

Most people will say that Johnny Depp as Sweeney looks like he never got out of his old Edward Scissorhands gear, but when I first saw the poster for the film, I thought instead of Dave Vanian circa 1983. Remember that time The Damned was on that episode of The YoungOnes? I was really hoping that Depp would break into "Video Nasty" mid way through the film (or at least that he'd have Vanian's voice.)

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Anyway, I'll let you, gentle reader, be the judge. Did Depp/Burton rip off Dave Vanian's white streak and vamp pancake? or is it just that all my references are stuck in the early 80's?

And congratulations! It looks like we have triplets! My boyfriend, Stiv Bators, in all his glory.

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Depp photo by rennotasilvia flickr
Dave photo courtesy of Jonarne Hjemmesia's Fansite
Stiv photo by theresakvia flickr