The Dark and Twisty duo


Welcome to the 13 Days of Halloween

Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, together they make cinematic magic. Together they have made a total of 8 movies, and it is my shared opinion that everyone of them rock. So, when you decide you’re going to have a day in the 13 dedicated to this dark duo, there is no way in hell you can watch just one. That’s why I reserve this kind of theme for a Friday, because after a long stress-filled week, there’s nothing better than to binge on Johnny Depp and Johnny Walker. Calm down–although I share the Depp, I do not share the Walker. See? Completely kiddo-friendly. Let’s get started.

In this post:

  • Fun Stuff
  • Song of the Day
  • Tonight’s Movies
  • Dinner, Beverage, and Dessert
  • Photo Gallery


Fun Stuff

“They are known as two of the strangest, quietest geniuses ever to work in movies.  Turns out they’re not that strange. Or quiet.” — Cal Fussman

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Tim Burton: There are partnerships where one person is good at one thing and the other is good at another. That’s true in our case. But we’re very connected in terms of taste.

Johnny Depp: Even when we first met, we connected on all these superabsurd levels.

TB: A fascination for weird seventies objets d’art.

JD: I remember, growing up, we had this concrete cobra spray-painted gold.

TB: We’re from different parts of the country. But there is a kind of suburban white-trashy connective strand there. Isn’t there?

JD: Yep.

TB: The stories that scared us as children.

JD: Mr. Green Jeans.

TB: Seeing Humphrey Bogart playing a monster. He only did one horror movie and —

JD: We both knew it.

The Return of Dr. X. When something like that comes up, you realize, Yeah, perfect. Things that don’t normally come up in most people’s conversations are things that come up a lot in ours.

JD: We speak in a sort of shorthand.

TB: It’s not literal. We’ll cross-reference things that wouldn’t really make sense to the normal person.

JD: One time, Tim and I were talking before we were getting ready to shoot. Afterward, one of the grips comes over to me with this really perplexed look on his face. He says, “I was just watching you and Tim talk about the scene for the last fifteen minutes.” “Yeah?” And he says, “I didn’t understand a fucking word either one of you said.”

TB: That about sums it up.

JD: I don’t think we’ve ever had an argument.

TB: I don’t think so. There have been differences of opinion and a different take on certain things.

JD: But even in that kind of situation, Tim just says . . . more.


Interview: Behind the scenes of Edward Scissorhands and ‘Sneak Peek” at Sleepy Hollow

Dark Shadows interview

Song of the Day 

This song is on the Dark Shadows soundtrack. I chose this video of the song because it includes scenes from the original “Dark Shadows” TV show.

Tonight’s Movie is a Triple Feature


Carolyn Stoddard: “Are you stoned or something?”

Barnabas Collins: “They tried stoning me, my dear. It did not work.”


I remember seeing this for the first time and seeing the mist rolling through the village and the misshapen trees stretching outward on a silent scream. I sat there taking it all in and thought: “Oh yeah, this movie is going to fucking rock.” It did not disappoint and remains one of my top 5 faves of the Burton and Depp collaboration.

Dinner, Beverage, and Dessert

Tonight’s Menu:

  • Barbecued Worm sandwiches and bones
  • Bug juice
  • Wormy Apple bars

Barbecued Worm Sandwiches

This recipe comes from a cookbook in my vast collection, but it can also be found here.


8 hot dogs, each cut lengthwise into 6 strips
1/2 cup barbecue sauce
8 slices (3/4 oz each) American cheese
8 sandwich buns, split, toasted


  1. In 10-inch nonstick skillet, heat hot dog strips over medium-high heat until strips begin to curl.
  2. Gently stir in barbecue sauce until hot dog strips are coated. Heat until bubbly.
  3. Place slices of cheese on bottom halves of buns. Top with hot dog mixture, and cover with top halves of buns.


White cheddar Cheetos in the shape of bones. Special Halloween edition.

Bug Juice

  1. Wild Purple Smash Hawaiian Punch
  2. Lemon and Lime soda (add a splash of soda to just about anything and it becomes a treat)
  3. 1 or 2 raisins just to freak the kiddos out when they take a sip (and it becomes a trick).

Wormy Apple Bars

This recipe comes from a cookbook in my vast collection, but it can also be found here.


1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 can (21 oz) apple pie filling
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 box Pillsbury™ refrigerated pie crusts


  1. Heat oven to 425°F (400°F for dark or nonstick pan). In large bowl, beat flour, brown sugar and butter with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Press mixture in bottom of ungreased 13×9-inch pan.
  2. Spoon and spread filling over crust. Bake 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in large bowl, mix granulated sugar and cinnamon. Cut 1 cold rolled crust lengthwise in half (keep remaining crust refrigerated). Cut into 1/4-inch slices. Repeat with remaining crust. Separate pieces, and toss with sugar mixture. Sprinkle cut-up crust mixture evenly over filling.
  4. Bake 18 to 22 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Cool completely, about 30 minutes. For bars, cut into 4 rows by 3 rows. Cover and refrigerate any remaining bars.

Okay so tonight’s dessert recipe was a little off. Unless, of course, I fecked up the recipe, but I’ve gone back over ingredients and directions, and don’t feel that I have. Here’s the deal: the crust remained dusty, even after baking. I honestly don’t think the flour to butter ration is correct. Also, I ended up using 2 cans of apple pie filling the reason being that 1 can just wasn’t enough to fill a 13 X 9 pan, plus, the damn “crust” filled the pan half way up. When making the “worms” out of the pie crust, it isn’t exactly clear as to whether you should use both crusts. Well I did and was pleased with the results.


I must say, I was really hesitant about taking pictures of hot dogs again after the Pumpkin King fiasco. Click here to see for yourself. Right?? But I think this one is OK and the Barbecued Worms are actually quite tasty. Also, as you can see, the Cheetos bones are kinda fun because you can actually construct a full skeleton.


I think this turned out pretty great, and as long as you avoid scooping up the “crust”, it has a good yum factor.

Photo Gallery

Tim and Johnny with Vincent Price.
Vincent and Johnny receiving direction from Tim.
Tim and Johnny
Dark Shadows cast: then and now
Tim and Johnny
I remember reading somewhere that Christina Ricci thought Johnny Depp was old. And I was like: “You, shut up! He’s perfect.” Yeah.


Until tomorrow . . .

Happy Haunting




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