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I recently listened again to one of Jonathan's 1983 Manhattan Shadows appearances where he reminisced, none too fondly, about how the first year on DS was "absolute hell" for him because of all the lines.

I think it was finally revealed after his death that he lived with a learning disability.

G.

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I saw some very hot photos today of a nude scene Tom Ellis did in one of the season 4 Lucifer shows. He only showed his derriere in the shots I saw but... Goddess, WHAT a derriere!

The link my friend sent me was to a "Tumbler" blog and may have since been deleted, since that site has been taken over by arch prudes... pity!

This show sounds like a lot of campy fun in addition to some highly gratifying eye candy from star Tom Ellis.

G.

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The pilot is accessible on archive dot org, but I don't know if google shows that as an early search result.

Strange indeed that fabulous Jessica Chastain would be identified as "Dark Shadows actress" given how many high-profile projects she's done since then. I thought she was utterly mind-blowing in CRIMSON PEAK.

G.

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THE INVADERS was offbeat and unusual. I think it was a "Quinn Martin" production and the last time I watched some of the shows, on VHS tapes back about 20 years ago, I did notice typical elements of standard police procedural/action adventure TV fare of the late Sixties period.

That's also nice to hear they're bringing that old Apes series out of the mothballs. I never watched that one.

G.

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News comes of the passing of Director John Llewelyn Moxey, who directed the original film NIGHT STALKER:

https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/john-llewellyn-moxey-dead-dies-charlies-angels-night-stalker-1203203445

I best remember JLM as the director of one of my all-time favorite films HORROR HOTEL (aka CITY OF THE DEAD) (1960). He also directed one of my favorite episodes of THE AVENGERS, "Who's Who??," a 1967 episode guest starring Freddie Jones and Patricia Haines.

He was 94.

G.

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The 1990s series FOREVER KNIGHT involved a centuries-old (but, of course, still quite dishy) vampire being helped by a woman police doctor who was in love with him and searching for a medical cure for his condition. Sound familiar?

Perhaps the best feature of the show was Lacroix, the lead character's vampire sire, played by the fabulous Nigel Bennett--I have an entire CD of Lacroix's darkly acid witticisms compiled years ago by a fan. I also loved Janette, who had been married to the lead vampire back in the Renaissance. She runs a nightclub in the first two seasons and is wonderfully played by Deborah Duchene (who retired from acting soon afterwards).

New DVD set out from budget label Mill Creek. They're not exactly known for quality releases.

https://bloody-disgusting.com/home-video/3558550/mill-creek-bringing-90s-series-forever-knight-dvd-complete-collection-set

I'm a bit surprised that this release is happening since I am not sure the show has been on the air recently. At one time, it was regularly shown on the Sci-Fi network.

G.

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That's a rather inflammatory headline for that article. The earliest TV horror shows I know of were late 1940s adaptations of radio shows--LIGHTS OUT was one. Plenty more horror in the 50s and all through the early to mid 60s.

Of course DS was pioneering specifically as a DAYTIME show that was launched from the soap format but went WAY beyond the established boundaries of that type of thing. I imagine this is the actual topic discussed in the piece, which I have not read.

G.

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There's a rather remote DS connection here in that at least two DS actors (Don Briscoe and Christopher Bernau) appeared in the Broadway production of Boys in the Band in 1969 (when the original cast were doing the film version). That play was written by Mart Crowley, who wrote this script for an unsold, unaired pilot starring Bette Davis and Mary Wickes. I think Mary Wickes would have been perfect on DS, perhaps as Mrs Johnson's cousin who comes to help out in the kitchen at Collinwood.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ad2UCnpakMc&t=8s

G.

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Wow, Ed Gross. I had no idea he was still around and still writing about the show. It's really a pretty good interview. Fascinating to see some of the same mistakes KLS had in her very first book (back in the 1980s) still recurring here. I guess that is just how she remembers it.

I've heard that KLS and Lara were pretty disappointed with the Burton/Depp film. It was interesting to hear them share their memories of that day.

Thanks, MB!

G.

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Hi Philippe,

From what I have read, the DVD and the Blu Ray have identical content, EXCEPT for some extras. I thought the half hour version of "The House" from The Web was included in both formats, but I guess it is something to check. I have to wonder if Blu Rays can hold more content than DVDs which is why we've seen these "Blu Ray only" extra situations in some releases over recent years.

The half hour version of "The House" dates to around 1954. On websites, it's been specified that Art Wallace based his original treatment for the 1966 launch of DS on a 1957 re-write of the play, which expanded it to an hour running length:

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0591214/

An incredible feature of this one is that it would appear that the offbeat character actress Hope Emerson (who I loved as "Mother" on the original PETER GUNN series of the late 1950s) starred in what was to become Joan Bennett's role--somewhat unexpectedly, in "The House" the mother was named Caroline, while the daughter was named Elizabeth (I hope I've got that right). I don't think anyone has found a copy of this 1957 show to date, and I suppose it might be lost. A lot of TV from the 1950s and 1960s is in various stages of missing in action. Some of it is supposed to be preserved in studio vaults but at this stage in the scheme of things, if a film conservator hasn't worked on the material, the condition might be dubious.

It was stated long ago that somebody did have a copy of the 1957 show "The House," and it was going to be screened at a Festival, but initially that did not happen. It may be that what had been found was the same as the one included on the new home video release.

As for Grayson's Playtex commercial, fans have recalled that it was shown as a DS commercial break a few times in 1970, and I think I did see it back then (though that's a vague memory and I question whether I might not be remembering something I never saw). If the original DS videos kept in storage do have all the original commercials, it's on those tapes. Of course somebody would have to go into a screening room and watch a bunch of them to find it.

I'd happily volunteer but of course nobody has asked me...

Best, Gothick

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Current Talk '18 / Re: Ron Sproat and Barnabas
« on: April 23, 2019, 06:06:07 PM »
Also, here's a very grainy film clip from the 1983 Manhattan Shadows, including brief interviews with Joel Crothers and Addison Powell.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8cHwq2-M5E

G.

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Current Talk '18 / Re: Ron Sproat and Barnabas
« on: April 23, 2019, 05:45:50 PM »
I think this interview with Joe Caldwell from 2013 was most likely posted before. Of course he claims to have created Barnabas. LOL

https://www.tor.com/2013/03/21/dark-shadows-writer-joseph-caldwell-interview/

G.

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MB, those 1969 promo transcriptions are AWESOME. Thank you!

I still don't own a "Blu Ray" player. And I know that if and when I ever buy one, we will instantly be told "throw out all your Blu Rays and starting buying the Scarlet Pimpernel radiation crystal. It's the ONLY WAY to see movies!!!" Or whatever.

Nothing I have read thus far about the new disc excites more than a very abstract interest but I'm glad fans are having fun with it. Of course, had Grayson's Playtex commercial been included, that would have been another matter. But clearly, the individual in charge of these releases does not care either about Grayson Hall OR her fans, so we're left to rot in obscurity and chew wet cigarette butts in the dark.

Happy Easter! Does that mean the bunny smiley orgy is going away soon??

cheers, GothEEEEEEK (wailing on the way down Widow's Hill)

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Calendar Events / Announcements '19 I / Re: Strange Angel
« on: April 18, 2019, 11:47:34 PM »
Just as a reminder, this show is based upon the life of John Whiteside ("Jack") Parsons, a real person who was a brilliant rocket engineer, a very thoughtful philosopher and metaphysician, and an inspired poet.

This is my favorite of the things he wrote.

http://web.archive.org/web/20060422141405/http://www.babalon.net/jwp/craft.html

I don't know how much on the show can be considered biographically accurate--if any of it. A friend of mine told me that you can sign up for "CBS All Access" (which, despite the name, requires a special subscription if you want to watch their content) for a month and then unsubscribe. Several people she knows have done it to watch specific programs.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '19 I / OT: Hail Satan?
« on: April 18, 2019, 08:15:08 PM »
As I read the reviews of this new documentary about the Satanic Temple, a human rights advocacy group masquerading as something out of a classic 1960s Vincent Price horror movie, I keep asking myself: What would Cassandra do? LOL.

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/apr/18/hail-satan-documentary-the-satanic-temple

G.

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