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Here's a link to the latest episode which includes the first meeting of "Carnabas Ballins" and "Dr. Drulia Hottman":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TJr_-3tj4c

It's very, very surreal and very very cheesy... don't say I didn't warn you!

G.

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So, are any cousins out there watching this very surreal spoof of the series, "Dank Shadows," on Youtube?  I just learned of its existence today although it's been running for several months now and they are up to episode 13.

There are some softcore gay porno references woven in--nothing actually X rated, but some off-color humor.  The wildest bits involve Scorcha Burns Ballins (the Laura character) who is portrayed by three different performers in different episodes, including a whacky "To Tell the Truth" dream sequence that a traumatized "Gayvid" has after Scorcha's flaming demise.

I hesitate to actually recommend this stuff, as the humor is beyond the surreal and offbeat, but I've already become addicted.

G.

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The pilot, or a good chunk of it, is here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yHp1s3FK5U&feature=related

Love Sebastian Cabot's opening monologue.  This one has impressive credentials; cast includes Barbara Parkins, Sam Jaffe, and the legendary Jeanette Nolan; script is by Richard Matheson, directed by John Llewelyn Moxey... and the series exec producer was William Castle.

Fun stuff!

G.

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Vaguely amusing, but I don't like the site's gratuitous ads or the fact that the "bitch" who writes the site copy referred to a lovely Aunt Harriet-like dowager in full regalia as "an ugly fat cow."

Honestly, when did Americans become so bloody rude? 

Johnny is dreamy.  But I read somewhere, Goddess only knows where, that "Brad Pitt is the man straight guys want to go to bed with."  I have no idea who decides these things...

G.

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Wasn't that the one where each episode was introduced by Sebastian Cabot?  I don't remember that episode, but I do remember the series.  I have heard that it circulates on the "grey market."  You could try Youtube...

G.

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Hope it all goes well and you get the job! 

Best,

Gothick

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I saw the 1980s telefilm a couple of years ago thanks to a friend.  It aired originally on the A & E network over here.  It was really well done, I thought--very understated.

This could finally be the breakthrough movie for the newly revived Hammer studios.  Wake Wood was pretty much dead in the water, no pun intended.

G.

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Nice little review.  Daughters of Darkness IS the ultimate lesbian vampire movie... and it's got John Karlen at his most pornstar-gorgeous.

G.

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Grayson Hall appeared on two episodes in 1962, July I think.  I believe that was the last year of its production.  I was astonished when I found it they were still doing it then.

I'm sure Grayson did *a lot* of radio but I have been unable to trace her appearances.

G.

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Just a very short note from someone who became a fan in June-July 1968... I LOVE all the campy, crazy, and bloopery moments on DS.  I don't jump in my seat every time the series is referred to as a "campy" Gothic soap opera (or whatever).  Part of that is because the word "campy" is used so loosely in the US that unless I have first-hand familiarity with the material, I have no idea what, if anything, the writer means by it.  The Susan Sontag essay about Camp from the mid 1960s is an excellent summing-up of the ORIGINAL meaning of Camp during the period when DS was in production, and she attributes some magical, positive value to the concept of Camp. 

I for one will be delighted if the new film makes some witty allusions to some of the moments in the series where they were going for a camp and/or humorous tone.  Contrary to what the stars recall ("we always did it with TOTAL seriousness!!!") it's obvious if you watch carefully that they WERE sometimes having fun, deliberately, with the material.  Just think of the scene where Carl first meets Barnabas in 1897.  LOVE that kind of thing.  Or Julia's response when Barnabas informs her he's had a "talk" with Megan. 

I'm actually wondering if the tone will at times be more reminiscent of a Saturday Night Live skit on DS... if so, then I will be disappointed.  As others have said, I am holding back judgements or expectations until the movie actually comes out, however.

G.

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Current Talk '19 I / Re: Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: October 05, 2011, 06:00:02 AM »
Did Matt Hall write episode 9? There's some REALLY juicy dialogue in here.

G.

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Current Talk '11 II / Re: DS Tweets To Make You Scratch Your Head
« on: October 05, 2011, 03:18:05 AM »
I think Ruth Buzzi played a Witch in this outrageous skit that was originally aired on Night Gallery (but for some reason wasn't included in the season 2 DVDs, at least not any of the ones I received from Netflix).  A couple of the short "vignettes" seem to have gone missing, but perhaps they'll be restored if the studio ever releases season 3.  I wonder if this person could have seen this on television and not knowing vintage TV very well, somehow thought they were watching DS?

Mitt Romney does bear a certain resemblance to Sky Rumson--unscrupulous, wooden, shellacked hair, in the pay of Netherworld creatures.

G.

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Since Susie was mentioned here, I'll share this little tidbit rather than making a new thread.  Susie was played by actress/singer Carol Crist.  I just saw an episode of the 1965-produced series Coronet Blue, co-starring Frank Converse and Brian Bedford, which was aired finally in the Summer of 1967 after sitting on a network shelf for a couple of years.  Carol showed up in an episode that bore the rather Shadowy title "Presence of Evil" as a cheery, guitar-strumming folk-singer in the coffee-house, The Searching I, which was part of the show's set-up.  She's only onscreen for a few minutes but does get a nice lingering closeup around the end of her time in the show.

I tried Google but couldn't retrieve more info.  I really wonder just how long she was in the city and where her career went from her time on Coronet Blue and DS--if anywhere.

G.

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What a marvelous story, KMR.  I just love moments like that.

G.

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Is "Cue #2" the music those of us who had the 1969 DS LP think of as "A Darkness at Collinwood."  I often think of that as "Barnabas' theme" because it so often played over scenes at the Old House when Barnabas and Julia were talking things over.

There was an article somewhere back in June, I think, where Burton or somebody claimed that the Elfman score would include at least Robert Cobert's classic title theme.

G.

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