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Calendar Events / Announcements '05 II / Re: Happy Birthday to marcos1
« on: October 23, 2005, 07:51:39 PM »
Hey Mark, may your special day be extra fabulous!

Best wishes,

Steve

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Current Talk '05 II / Re: HOUSE OF DS in even more vivid, shocking color!
« on: October 21, 2005, 04:40:48 PM »
How thrilling and SHOCKING! (I love it that you used that in the header)

I just viewed the new Dracula A. D.1972 DVD (I'm not even going to attempt to identify who released it since I get so confused by just who is putting what out these days) and, as was the case with the Taste the Blood of Dracula disc release, was thrilled by the vividness of the color and the incredibly pristine image quality.  In the scene with the closeup of the stake thrusting out of the Count's back, the big splotch of gushing Kensington Gore blood looked a psychedelic version of scarlet!  I wonder whether the brilliance of the color has to do with the source materials being in the IB Technicolor process you mentioned.   I noticed on the Criterion DVDs of both Monterey Pop and Gimme Shelter that the colors were exceptionally brilliant (all those lovely flower power clothes practically blister the screen, and my TV set is far from being state of the art) so perhaps it has more to do with how the DVD itself is prepared in the lab.

Thinking of a print of hoDS that has the shimmering iridescence of these recent Hammer Dracula releases is very exciting!  I want to see Grayson Hall in hyper-technicolor!

Thanks again, and Congratulations!

Steve

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Polls Archive / Re: Dark Shadows Poll
« on: October 20, 2005, 09:10:12 PM »
I know this is a really minor point, but to some of us it MATTERS.

When Vampire Tom first shows up, he's wearing something that looks an awful lot like hospital pajamas.  The wonderful thing about those pjs is how incredibly easily the pants come down... for purely practical convenience for giving injections, taking the patient's temp, etc.  Why, whatever ELSE did you think I meant by "easy"??

But, anyway, I just think the idea of Vampire Tom being buried in his pjs was a hoot!  He obviously ran home and picked up some clothes since he is subsequently seen more normally attired.

Forgive this pointless digression... I have no life...

G.

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Caption This! - 1897 / Re: Episode #0786
« on: October 18, 2005, 09:04:26 PM »
Hand of Count Petofi:  Quentin CoWWins!  You will BWING me... a SHWUBBERWY!

Quentin:  DEAR GOD!

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Hi Penny Dreadful,

Yesterday I finallly got around to looking at those two stills from your show.  A real blast!  I agree with Midnite that you make a very lovely Witch.  I also like the taste in wardrobe shown by the "detective" in the trench coat--looks as if he raided the closet of our own Mr. Roger Collins!

The handcuffed werewolf reminds me of when they put QWolf in "gaol," too.

"Shilling shocker" is such a clever little phrase.  Brilliant!  Obviously, the logical successor to a penny dreadful.

Great stuff, and I wish I could watch!

Best, Steve

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Calendar Events / Announcements '05 I / Re: Of Possible Interest
« on: October 17, 2005, 09:36:39 PM »
What a hoot!  There was an interview with one of the actors from this show in last week's "In Newsweekly"; he's a hunky French-Canadian from Sask (and those of you who know me, know just how partial I am to French-Canadians).  An out gay actor, he frankly admitted that the show is mostly eye candy.

I went to the show's official site and played the trailer; I nearly died when I spotted Tracy Scoggins in the mix, dolled up with what looked like the entire cosmetics department of Filene's!  I noticed that the theme song seems to feature a certain "woo-woo" riff that's very reminiscent of this old show set on coastal Maine...

Unfortunately this show is on the new all-gay "here!" network, and I have yet to meet anyone who actually has "here!" on their cable tier.  So for most of us it's going to remain not "here!" but "way over there! out of sight."

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '05 II / Re: LdyAnne's Updated Web Site
« on: October 17, 2005, 04:23:20 PM »
Hi there,

I happened to be shelving a copy of Black Beauty yesterday (I do library work even when I'm not in the office, so dedicated am I to my chosen profession--ha!) and noticed there is a character in that novel named Lady Anne ( and the novelist's name was Anna I think).  Is there a connection with BB and your screen name?  Just curious.

I loved reading your story about meeting RD--what fun!

Best,  G.

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Current Talk '05 II / Re: laura stockbridge collins?!
« on: October 17, 2005, 04:19:44 PM »
Again, in an issue of Dale Clark's zine Inside the Old House about ten years ago, novelist William Mann wrote a speculative essay trying to reconcile the various versions of Laura's legend and craft a coherent backstory for her.

In the 1966/67 storyline, it was made clear several times that Laura's personality changed radically after the fire in Phoenix (btw I just LOVE the scene in the Phoenix morgue!).  After Laura's final departure, Roger says to Liz something like "I don't believe that was Laura at all."  When he first sees her, David turns to Vicki and says something along the lines of "That isn't my Mother."

The denouement of the 1897 storyline does hint that there was a single Laura entity that survived down through the centuries.

Doreen Valiente, one of my favorite authors, used to say that "a Witch needs to be able to believe at least three contradictory things before breakfast every morning."  Perhaps the same could be said of DS fans!

G.

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Current Talk '05 II / Re: Ep 80 Montage
« on: October 14, 2005, 11:56:47 PM »
I love Big Lou's clenched jaw and narrowed eyes, knowing that no matter how brilliant his thespian artistry, he could never possiibly upstage THE Pen in the scene where Alex confronts him with it.

CLASSIC DS!  Sadly, after the "Introduction of the Pen" storyline, it was ALL downhill.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '05 II / Re: KLS' ST:TNG on TV
« on: October 14, 2005, 08:39:53 PM »
Ha, makes me wonder which took longer--this make up or the single day's "dead and decaying Josette" makeup.

These are great captures, Midnite.  Many thanks for sharing them.  I have never seen this, nor am I likely ever to do so.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '05 II / Re: OT<Fearless Vampire
« on: October 14, 2005, 07:46:27 PM »
I'm definitely in the "Fearless Vamps" club.  I don't know, it just ... tickles my fancy!  My favorite parts are the scenes with Ferdy Mayne (Count Krolock) and the actor who plays his son (who was also in the Sixties cult film Wonderwall, with which George Harrison was also involved), and the whole Vampire Ball sequence.  I love the sets and photography, too, and the music is very unusual.  The sequence with the ancient vampires leaving their tombs still gives me shivers.

G.

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I second that emotion!  Like Midnite, I am not to be counted, since I was lucky enough to win one last time.  This is a really fine collection. I think my favorite song on it is the Book of Love's Witchcraft because it is just such fun.  I also found the two versions of the theme song to be very haunting and beautiful.

Penny Dreadful, you fiercely rule at the turntable!  Keep those platters spinning, girl!

doffing cap,

G.

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Current Talk '05 II / Re: barnabas and rachel drummond
« on: October 06, 2005, 04:52:49 PM »
I think they had a whole arc for Rachel planned that never got off the ground because KLS decided to take an extended vacation from the show (I think it was the safari in Africa thing) for several months.  So the character and her storyline came to an abrupt end.  I do agree that Rachel is probably the least satisfactory of all the KLS characters.  She just seems to have "helpless victim" tattooed on her forehead.

The only really good scenes with Rachel, from a dramatic point of view, are the ones with Trask.  I practically squirm watching them because Lacy's depravity is so palpable, it's like something icky between dropped down the back of your neck to watch him with KLS in those scenes.  Eventually the Rachel character does show some backbone in her scenes with Trask.

There are a couple of hints in the final weeks of the 1969 Quentin's haunting storyline (before 1897) as to where they were planning to go with Rachel's storyline, but only hints.

G.

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Current Talk '05 II / Most Evil Woman of ANY Century?
« on: October 06, 2005, 03:20:45 PM »
A couple of days ago when the images from the Leona Eltridge episodes (from 1968) were up on the front page, I started a post about Leona and what a unique lady she is, but found myself making comments probably inappropriate to the tone of these boards.

I'll simply say now that I find myself intrigued by Leona, her hair, her clothing, her husky voice, and even her formidable chin (one of the shots selected by the MB certainly showed that chin off to find advantage).

Erica Fitz, the Actress who performed as Leona (and, I would think, the Ghost of Danielle Roget?) also played the Goddess Venus in a 1970 movie called Hercules Does New York.  I think a friend of mine owns this movie (he collects Herculesiana) and I'll have to borrow this just to get another look at that shapely being who incarnated "the most EEE-vil woman of the Eighteenth Century."

smiling beguilingly,

Gothick

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Current Talk '05 II / Re: Episode 849
« on: October 06, 2005, 01:43:51 PM »
MB luv, thanks so much for posting those images again.  I just love all of them, but to my taste, the one of Thayer and Grayson takes the palm--those two together on screen are magic!

G.

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