Shock rocker Alice Cooper joins the cast of Dark Shadows

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Dec 15, 2012, 11:18 AM EST

Tim Burton's vampire melodrama just got a bite of glam-rock glitz with Alice Cooper's cameo in the new retro-goth remake. Cooper will play himself (his much younger self), rockin' out at a gala ball hosted by Depp's suave plasma sucker, Barnabas Collins.

Cooper loves popping his kabuki deathmask mug into films, playing himself in Wayne's World and weird roles in Prince of Darkness and Nightmare on Elm Street: Freddy's Dead. His frightfest persona will be in full spandex regalia in Dark Shadows, directing his rowdy horror-show band in a rousing rendition of "No More Mr. Nice Guy."

The aging Hall of Fame musician commented on the impressive, elaborate sets at the Warner Bros. film's production on a recent visit to Pinewood Studios in England, the location for many Burton blockbusters.

"They should take that set and make it a haunted house next year," Cooper joked.

Rick Heinrichs, creator of the detailed cinematic worlds of Sleepy Hollow, Pirates of the Caribbean and Captain America, and his team built the amazing Collinwood Manor and a sprawling harbor dock with rotting piers and bobbing boats. Collinwood's interior sets are decorated with marine-themed details including magical mer-people sculptures and a lavish chandelier bedecked with crystal squid tentacles.

Dark Shadows, based on the gloomy, gothic soap of the late '60s and early '70s, stars Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Eva Green and Helena Bonham Carter and violates theaters in May 2012. Depp stars as the playboy blood slurper who returns to his seaside ancestral home in the year 1972 after a long, earthy slumber. The cameo rumor began back in June, when Depp dropped in on an Alice Cooper gig and even stepped up to play guitar on "I'm Eighteen" and "School's Out."

"He's a guy you have to watch when he's up on the stage, and the songs are just classic," said Depp.

Cooper and Depp and Burton make for an interestingly odd trio. What do you think? Does Alice Cooper add some swingin' 70s swagger to the film, or should the shock rocker retire to greener pastures?