I grew up in a theater family. My grandfather was famous throughout Northern California for playing Tevia in Fiddler On The Roof, my uncle still makes his living as a stage actor, and I was in my first play at the age of 6. Obviously, we attended the theater frequently, but I was mostly just a bored kid. Until, that is, I saw the road production of Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street in the early 1980s. Now this was a play I could get into… based on the true story of a barber who killed his clients and sold their bodies to an accomplice who used their meat to make pies, this show had the things I was looking for in entertainment: blood and gore, death and dismemberment.
Now, thanks to Dreamworks and Warner Bros., not only can you visit Sweeney Todd on MySpace, but you can actually voice your confessions to him as well, thanks to Buzznet. We all know that barbers and hairdressers hear all the real dirt anyway, so now you can share the tale of your darkest revenge fantasies with a barber who may actually fulfill them for you. Why all this interest in a serial killer who plyed his trade around the turn of the 19th Century? Well, because Johnny Depp, fresh from his three-film stint with Disney, will be reprising the role of this horrific hair-cutter starting December 21st. Christmas may not have a history of great horror releases, but Sweeney Todd seems poised to be the exception to the rule. Don’t believe me? Well then, visit the official Sweeney Todd movie site and judge for yourself.