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Thanks for that link, Darren!  I hadn't heard aboiut that book.  It does indeed sound exactly like what I was looking for!

Plus, our own Denise Nickerson wrote a preface for it!  I see that David Hedison also wrote something that is included.  I just saw a horrible bootleg of Curtis Harrington's The Cat Creature (1973), which I got primarily for Gale Sondergaard's extremely "Shadowsesque" performance.  Hedison showed excellent craftsmanship in the climactic scene of the film, which was designed as a tribute to Val Lewton's Cat People and could easily have been even more absurd than it already was, minus Hedison's strong work. (He'd obviously learned a few tricks emoting opposite the bizarre costumes of the Irwin Allen series, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.)

Steve

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Fans, I was looking for a list of all the early 1970s "ABC Movie of the Week" films (as I've collected a few in recent months and want to start a checklist) and I found this site which includes the original ABC TV promo for Dan Curtis' film Night Stalker:

http://tvparty.com/vaultmov2.html

In the 1991 Dark Shadows series, the growling-fang thing they had Barnabas do seemed much more reminiscent of the vampire in Night Stalker than Barnabas in either the series or the movie (hoDS).

On the above site, you can also see promos for a great Olivia de Haviland vehicle, The Screaming Woman (play the file labelled "When Michael Calls") and other entertaining films of the period.

Last night I watched a stunning role for the great Barbara Stanwyck, Taste of Evil (1971).  Directed by John Llewelyn Moxey (director of Horror Hotel), the cast included Barbara Parkins and Roddy MacDowell.  Stanwyck really devoured the scenery whole in her tour de force finale for this movie.

Too bad so little of this stuff has been commercially released...

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '05 II / Re: ShadowGram Update #138
« on: August 08, 2005, 10:51:39 PM »
I think the seance sequence just may be the best bit of film Dan Curtis ever directed.

I have such fabulous memories of your presentation last year, Darren.  I'd love to see yoiu present again next year for the big anniversary.

I'd guess sloppy journalism is to blame for the omission of your appearance on that e-newsletter.

Best,  Steve

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Current Talk '05 II / The August 7th Episodes
« on: August 08, 2005, 07:48:45 PM »
Greetings fans,

Since I was again offline for most of the last three days, I am very glad I got to see the images selected by MB to mark the August 7 anniversary.  As fans of the Divine Grayson Hall will recall, this year marks the 20th anniversary of the date when we lost our lovely lady to the ultimate Dark Shadow--the scythe wielded by the Reaping Crone of Death.  It's a very sad memorial for Grayson's fans, but these images are a fitting testimony to the artistic legacy she left, which includes many of her performances on Dark Shadows.

I particularly love the shots darling Mysterioso chose for the "front page" today--that's meant to be a grimace on "Miss" Hoffman's face but he caught it just at the moment when it looks more as if she is enjoying a romantic moment at the thought of "Mr Collins'" visit to her bedchamber--certainly a nice touch of foreshadowing here!

I also LOVE the shot of Julia and Barnabas from the Summer of 1970.  It just captures the later phase of the two characters' relationship so well.

Not related to Grayson, but I have to say that I enjoy that picture of Quentin from '70 wearing THAT tie, too!

Thanks again to our cuddly, charming, cyberific Mysterious Benefactor for these treats!

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '05 II / Re: Fest 2005 Reports
« on: August 08, 2005, 05:21:07 PM »
Bob, these are hysterical!!

Thanks for sharing.  Lara's skirt makes me think she's planning on playing Magda sometime soon!

Best wishes,

Steve

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Current Talk '05 II / Re: The 2004 WB Pilot
« on: August 08, 2005, 04:47:31 PM »
Just a line to say many thanks to MB for that fascinating exegesis on the pilot.  It does sound like an amazing bit of film.  I like your description of the touch, so reminiscent of Dracula, of Barnabas hanging upside down on the outer wall of Collinwood--magnificently Gothic.

The articles I saw around the time of the pilot's rejection made it pretty clear that the series was caught in the cross-fire of some sort of political upheaval among the suits at the WB.  They made all that hoo-ha about switching away from dramatic series and into the "reality" sludge.  I don't follow it enough to know whether they made a volte-face on that decision but they certainly do seem to be still pumping out the sudsy teen soap operas (my housemate is a Smallville addict and I often spot the latest commercials for those endless, glossy things).   Anyhow, regardless of the statements made by various suits, it was pretty clear to me--if ANYTHING is clear in Horrorwood--that the rejection of DS had everything to do with upper-echelon executive politics, and NOTHING to do with the quality of the actual product, which sounds quite respectable.

On an unrelated topic, I wonder whether the Lost in Space pilot has been screened at the LIS convention and whether it turned out to be as good as the DS pilot.  Odd about both those shows coming so close to revival in the same year.

goodbye-ee-ee,

G.

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Current Talk '05 II / Re: If DS got re-edited?
« on: August 03, 2005, 05:39:58 PM »
Those of us who are really diehard fans don't want ANY editing. We want every minute of the series AS AIRED.  It's fun when they occasionally manage to retrieve outtakes, as well (check the blooper video for a great one involving Grayson and Jerry Lacy).

It was upsetting to us that some scenes were snipped due to "video glitches" or some other excuse in the first few DVD sets.  Apparently this happened because MPI sent the shows out for clean-up.  They obviously meant well but there was quite an uproar from the fans who know these shows like the back of their (fill in favorite member).

I think those who just watch the show casually find this sort of thing odd, but hardcore DS'ers do tend to put the FANATIC into FAN.

Best, G.

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Current Talk '05 II / Re: The 2004 WB Pilot
« on: August 03, 2005, 03:49:31 PM »
There were several attractive young men in that cast.  I'm pleased to hear that the director did not neglect some of the obvious opportunities that, um, arose (?).  And after all, this was a pilot for the WB.  I sometimes call it the "candyboy" network because of those endless shots of pouting, doe-eyed young men endlessly rolling about in the throes of soap opera angst.  Madge, cue the suds!

Did everybody have to leave their cellphones in a basket at that showing?  I've heard some hilarious stories about the security overkill at some of these events.

G.

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My sweet Lady, everybody from the Tapioca Goddess, to Hallie Stokes (shrilling helplessly HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU ARE YOUUUUUUU???) *bleat bleat*, to Pepe Herself wishing me a glorious birthday! AND Smooches from Midnite, too! what more could a retired gentleman quietly eking out the remainder of his days in holy contemplation ask for??

Thanks, everybody, you're all the best!  I'm going to be away from tonight through next Tuesday, so forgive me if I don't respond to any further greetings.

hugs, Gothick

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Current Talk '05 II / Re: The July 25th Episodes (Spoilers!)
« on: July 26, 2005, 04:16:37 PM »
I'm thinking of the July 25 captures as "the musical series" because the first couple of images reminded me so strongly of specific musicals.

In the first one, Burke and his visitor seem to be performing "I whistle a happy tune" from the King and I.  And in the one with Liz, Carolyn and Vicki, it's "How do you solve a problem like Maria" from the Sound of Music (Joan Bennett would have made a GREAT Mother Superior).

Thanks for the FABULOUS fun, MB!

G.

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Current Talk '05 II / Re: The July 3rd Episodes
« on: July 25, 2005, 08:39:46 PM »
I was watching July 3 and 4 1967 episodes last week and in one of them, you could see the big stand-up fan outside Liz's bedroom window making the draperies billow.  It was fun.

Also, Carolyn's birth year was given as 1946 which means the character was meant to be 19 or so when the series began.

Liz was born in 1917 so she was supposed to be fifty in the Summer of '67.  That feels very odd to me because as of tomorrow, I will be three years away from fifty, yet I don't feel nearly as "old" as the Mistress of Collinwood!

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '05 II / Re: To All Fest Attendees...
« on: July 25, 2005, 03:47:51 PM »
I second that emotion! Hope you all have a lovely time.

Gothick

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Caption This! - The Werewolf-Quentin's Ghost / Re: Episode #0674
« on: July 19, 2005, 08:50:45 PM »
Julia: Barnabas, what are you saying?

Barnabas: (in Ed Sullivan voice) I'm saying that next in tonight's shoo, we present live from London, England--a very talented young man and his friends--Eric Burdon and THE ANIMALS!!

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On today's IMDB there's a short notice about a lawsuit Roman Polanski is mounting against the magazine Vanity Fair.  A quote:

Polanski told jurors it was the most upsetting article about him he's ever read, because it suggests he did not care about his wife. He told the jury of nine men and three women, "This was the worst thing ever written about me. It's absolutely not true. I was in shock when I read it. But I think it was particularly hurtful, because it dishonors my memory of Sharon. It's all lies. That's not the way I behave. Still I had some honour. Still I have it now. Sharon was sweet, bright, brilliant. She had a great sense of humor. She was in my eyes the perfect woman." The 71-year-old gave evidence from France via video link for the case to avoid extradition to America, where he's wanted for questioning on child sex charges dating back to 1977.  (end quote)

Despite the jokes made back in the day about her putative lack of acting ability, I thought Tate had a rare, luminous quality that makes her few roles very memorable.  Her performance in Eye of the Devil was one of her finest.  Apparently there is a short film that was made about her work on the movie.  Would be fun to see sometime.

G.

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Current Talk '05 II / Re: The July 16th Episodes (Spoilers!)
« on: July 18, 2005, 04:45:14 PM »
Oh, but GH is marvelous in that scene where Julia and the "pig" first meet!

Thanks for the pointer.  I'll take care to listen closely!

G.

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