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Current Talk '19 I / Re: And Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: September 02, 2013, 03:19:12 PM »
It's really too bad these scenes were cut.  I don't know how much I missed since I was away and offline starting last Wed. (28th), but this capture and the one for today again makes me think of just how good this movie COULD have been,  And that's all I have to say at this point.

cheers, G.

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Current Talk '13 II / Re: Wolf Moon Rising novel
« on: August 28, 2013, 04:51:38 AM »
I've stated my own views about "canon" a few times here.  As far as I am concerned, Return to Collinwood is not canon.  Period. 

I learned the hard way because for the longest time, I regarded Sam Hall's early 1970s TV Guide article as canon.  It was MB who finally made me realize that while I could enjoy the article for what it was, what is was not was part of the DS canon.

The idea of people treating the Lara Parker novels as canon... well, it's a free country, at least where speculation about Dark Shadows is concerned.

G.

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Current Talk '13 II / Re: Wolf Moon Rising novel
« on: August 28, 2013, 03:12:46 AM »
Actually LP had long periods of hiatus from the show.  Despite what I think of her as a writer, I always found the show more lively and fun when she was on.

And I'll also say in her favor, that at least Parker markets her work as fiction.  There's a high imaginative content, for lack of a better phrase, in the KLS books, but she sells those as if they're historical documentations of the series and its production history.

G.

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Current Talk '13 II / Re: Wolf Moon Rising novel
« on: August 28, 2013, 03:09:28 AM »
"Parker didn't do her research"--thanks, Joey, for that laugh.  I needed it tonight.

cheers, Gothick

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Current Talk '19 I / Re: And Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: August 27, 2013, 10:28:15 PM »
I just re-read the original list of spoilers posted (I think it's topic 2 in the spoilers thread) and only a couple of them happen to be stuff that happened or was featured in the completed film. 

Anne Rice's cameo is alluded to.  I don't recall seeing her in the completed cut but she might have been present at the ball sequence. 

An odd line is about seeing some very familiar artwork hanging at Collinwood.  I wonder if this was meant to mean the series of swag portraits of herself Angie had done through the centuries.  I presume those portraits were done via CGI but then again, knowing Burton, maybe he had them done for real.

The idea that Magtoria was [spoiler]a student of the occult who came to Collinwood because of her studies[/spoiler] seems to have been a complete red herring.

G.

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Current Talk '19 I / Re: And Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: August 27, 2013, 09:35:35 PM »
The spoilers from the John August script--you may never have read those, MB--included the note that Julia and Angelique hated one another for reasons that had nothing to do with Barnabas.  I hardly consider that comment a spoiler--more like a teaser--but then, some people have odd notions (odd to this writer, at least) as to what constitutes a spoiler.

Those spoilers were so off-the-wall in some cases in terms of what actually happened in the completed film that they must either have been based on an early draft of August's script--or been completely fabricated.  I have speculated that the fabrication might have been a deliberate act of disinformation by person or persons unknown.

Best,  G.

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Current Talk '19 I / Re: And Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: August 27, 2013, 08:05:53 PM »
Today's image reminds me of a question whose answer I couldn't figure out from my one viewing of the film.

Magtoria's childhood incarceration at Windcliff Sanitarium has zero to do with Julia, right?  The fact that the van says Windcliff is just a nod to fans?

I don't remember any dialogue from the film where Julia or Liz speak of Windcliff, and I'm presuming that in this DS-verse, Julia has no connection with the sanitarium.

Am I right?

G.

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And needless to say, best wishes to John Karlen as he continues on his road back to health/wellness!

G.

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I understand how you feel, Gerard, but so far as I am aware, Jim Pierson actually works for Dan Curtis Productions (or whatever it's called now) as a paid employee.

I love the books I catalogue (well, some of them *wink*) for the large University library that employs me, but I'm "in it for the money" because if I don't get paid, I can't provide for myself and keep it all going.

Just a thought.

G.

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Current Talk '13 II / Re: Discuss - Ep #0525
« on: August 24, 2013, 03:34:28 AM »
I love Humbert Allen Astredo, and the 1968 Nicholas is my all time favorite Astredo performance. 

dom, I always thought that Cassandra was returned to Hell as a result of Trask's incantations (ridiculous though the idea seems on paper) because she had no actual mortal existence in 1968.  She was a displaced spirit who had a "body" that existed as a result of Witchcraft.  How or why the antics of a ghostly Elmer Gantry type could have any effect whatsoever in casting out such a powerful spirit whose magic, as she frequently told us, "came from the Devil himself," is never made clear.  My own glint of an idea is that because Trask came from the same era when Angelique (in the ORIGINAL storyline, not the subsequent revisions) had her mortal existence, that fact gave him the power to return her spirit to the darkness from which it had come.

I'll really have to re-watch to spot the pornographic antics between Roger Davis and Joel Crothers you mention...

So pleased you are enjoying Humbert and Nicholas!  He's a strong part of why 1968 is my forever personal favorite storyline.

G.


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I missed Philippe's earlier update in July, but I am glad to see that his convalescence has been going well and he has been able to make some contact with friends.

Offering prayers for a full return to health and a safe, smooth, timely convalescence.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '13 II / Semi OT: article about BTVS
« on: August 21, 2013, 05:44:45 PM »
The topic of this article is "Buffy, the vampire slayer" (WARNING: spoilers for early seasons) but I think some of the general thoughts could be applied to why we love DS so much...

http://the-toast.net/2013/08/14/buffy-the-vampire-slayer-a-new-version-of-you/

Best,

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '13 II / The Dark Shadows Music Book
« on: August 20, 2013, 03:58:33 AM »
While in the big comics and memorabilia shop I mentioned in my post in the comic book thread last Saturday, I also happened upon a reasonably priced copy of the DS Music Book, and I did bring that home with me.  I don't own a piano although I think there is an app for Mac that could enable me to play at least some of the selections in the book (this may be for the iPad rather than the Macbook).  The main selling point for most fans would be the rare photographs.  I would imagine that nearly all, if not all of these have been reprinted again in other PomPress books since the volume's original publication in 1996.

The book is an enjoyable bagatelle to own if you are into collecting more unusual mementi from the series.  The most fascinating image to me was a photograph of the cover of the actual "Ode to Angelique" sheet music used on the series during the PT 1970 storyline.  The sheet music cover included a photo of composer Bruno Hess.  I laughed thinking how much PT Quentin must have *loved* having that around the house.

G.

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That's good to know, Quentin. 

G.

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I guess it is really old at this point but yesterday, in a massive comics shop in Salem (Mass.--yes, Virginia, the one with the Witches) I had the chance to browse issue 10 of the main DS book.  I nearly bought it because I saw what looked to my rather critical eye like a fairly decent drawing of Grayson in her 1967 Hoffman mode.  She was having a colloquy with Nicholas Blair where they were back to their old game of trying to out-bitch one another.  I found the writing just enough off-key to be grating.  So I did not take it home with me.  There was also an issue of the "Year One" thing that showed Barnabas rising as a vampire for the first time in 1795.  I found the art in that one really ugly--it looked as if someone had thrown up all over the pages.  Ugh.  There was, too, an issue of the Vampirella thing but I just couldn't be bovvered (as Catherine Tate's snotty schoolgirl would say).

cheers, G.

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