This weekend marks the release of Tim Burton's "Dark Shadows," and for his updated take on the creepy '70s soap opera, he's cast -- no surprises, here -- Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter.

This will be the eighth time Burton has worked with Depp ("Edward Scissorhands," "Ed Wood," Sleepy Hollow," "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," "The Corpse Bride," "Sweeney Todd," "Alice in Wonderland" and "Shadows"). Carter, meanwhile, has worked with real-life partner Tim a total of seven times, starting with 2000's "Planet of the Apes," moving onto "Big Fish" and then becoming the inseparable third component of all ensuing Depp-Burton collaborations.

If you're in the business of making big-budget fantasy blockbusters, then it's natural to keep working with your best friend and the mother to your children (especially if it's creatively fruitful). However, it's time to mix things up. "Dark Shadows" looks cool and Depp and Carter are fine, but the final product is a boring, sluggish mess of a story that doesn't do nearly enough with the premise. Following the slump that came with their all-style, no-substance rendition of "Alice," it's clear the director needs time away from his two favorite actors, to work with fresh blood who will get his creative juices flowing again.

What is required to be the star of a Tim Burton movie? You need to be willing to take on bizarre, macabre characters. His casts do not operate in bleach-blond sunny California worlds; they're gray and dreary and require a gothic disposition. Below is a list of 12 actors that could fit right in with Burton's pale-faced world and provide a much-needed jolt of energy.

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