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Current Talk '02 I / Re: Malpractice
« on: June 21, 2002, 07:49:57 PM »
But RP, my dear, where do we START with Dr. Julia Hoffman's malpractice suit???  Her drug dispensal history alone makes the novel Valley of the Dolls look like an episode of Romper Room.  Then there's her use of hypnosis to promote patient memory suppression, her shameless false diagnosis in the cases of Maggie Evans and Sabrina Stuart (and don't you have to suspect that those two were just the tip of the iceberg???), AND the infamous Dave Woodard hypo!

Still, the more shamelessly she behaves, the more I luv her!

A day without Julia is like a day without sunshine!

Happy Solstice back atcha, RP!

Steve

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Testing. 1, 2, 3... / Re: Password
« on: June 21, 2002, 05:25:10 PM »
Wow, Evil Butterfly Dress, I hope you make it!  You're one of the chosen few to really "get" just why Cassandra's nightmare butterfly peignoir RULES.

I have a tale in mind about that dress, btw ... perhaps this Summer I'll finally write it.  It is something that needs to be written during the Summer ... Cassandra feels like a creature of Summer to me.  Capricious, glamorous, dazzling ... and ruthlessly cruel.

Gothick

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Current Talk '02 I / Re: I hate it when Grayson goes on vacation
« on: June 20, 2002, 09:37:30 PM »
Julia darling,

At some point in the Summer of 1968, Grayson took time off to appear in one of our favorite films--End of the Road.  It was not released until the winter of 1969-70 because the director was a film editor and he spent a year cutting and re-cutting it (and it still got an X rating).  As you know, 2 of Grayson's scenes wound up on the cutting room floor.  I'd personally rather see those scenes than the material that was cut from house of Dark Shadows, but both are probably gone with the wind in any event.

End of the Road was filmed in Great Barrington, MA.  I'm not sure exactly where the beach scene was filmed.  LOVE that scene.

Happy Summer Solstice (tomorrow!),

Steve

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Current Talk '02 I / Re: What a cheap shot
« on: June 20, 2002, 06:37:38 PM »
Oh, I *love* that shot of Nicholas and Cassandra outside the house.  I majorly groove on the psychedelic color scheme of Cassandra's nightmare butterfly peignoir (of course, I LOVE IT that she rematerialized still wearing that thing--can't you just hear all the demons snickering away down in the Inferno when she turned up in that outfit), especially as imprinted upon the weird electric blue color scheme of the house.  It's really trippy!

My nomination for the worst special effect on DS has to be the use of a still of Dennis Patrick having some sort of bizarre fit which was inserted at a key moment because the actor was not available for the episode.  That was one script that needed a rewrite because the work-around they came up with was simply ludicrous, even by DS standards.

Robin's right, though, that a lot of us kids who watched the show believed EVERYTHING we saw way back in the day.  It didn't take much to impress us back then.  My sister had nightmares for weeks because of the scene involving the spell Nicky puts on Cassandra's hand, mentioned in a post above.  

Thanks to Raineypark for the fascinating post about conditions inside a typical TV production studio of the 1970s.  Great stuff!

Steve

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Current Talk '02 I / Re: Luciaphil....I'm calling on the spirits...
« on: June 20, 2002, 06:27:02 PM »
Luciaphil darling, Count me among those who miss your posts, as well.  I knew you were on vay-kay and figured you'd get back to a mess of work, so did not want to intrude upon your few moments of leisure.  But now that others have made it known how missed you've been, I'll take up the Jebez Hawkes Call for Zombie Mayhem:  "We must have more!  MORE!  M-O-O-O-O-R!!"

My nomination for the most shivery E. F. Benson ghost story of all time is The Room in the Tower.  I've often wondered whether THIS story was the origin of the notion of the Dream Curse.  The DS version never got anything like as creepy as what Benson produced on the printed page. Even now, thinking of it makes me shudder.

I've been having cravings for some of the M. R. James ghost stories, myself.  "Ghost stories of an antiquary"--a masterpiece!

xo,  Gothick

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Current Talk '02 I / Re: Honkin' for the B-man
« on: June 14, 2002, 10:00:53 PM »
Yeah, that was a great scene.  Too bad they didn't show Julia tapping the steering wheel impatiently, a lit Marlboro's clenched between immaculately glossed lips.  I imagine her wearing dark slacks, Cuban-heeled boots and a windbreaker for the drive.  I wish they had let Grayson wear slacks on camera once in awhile.

Gothick

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Current Talk '02 I / Re: Nicknames for the actors/actresses
« on: June 14, 2002, 09:56:42 PM »
Well, I can tell you the real life nicknames of the actors as I recall having read them in various books and articles.

Jonathan Frid is known as Jon.  John Karlen is Johnny.  Kathryn Leigh Scott is Katie.  Alexandra Moltke is Alex.  Louis Edmonds was known to some as Lou or Louie.  Dan Curtis is (predictably) DC or Dan.  

I can't think of any others at the moment.  Grayson Hall did not really have a nickname, but some of her fans used to call her "The Big GH."  

Gothick

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Current Talk '02 I / Devils SHRINK in Fear!
« on: June 13, 2002, 09:49:36 PM »
More delectable scenery-chewing today from fab Jerry Lacey.  Does anybody else LIVE for the moment when the fly lands on his nose and he spews it forth with cross-eyed fervor, arointing those mean old divvils with ferocious zeal?

This was the second episode of DS I ever saw, back in the halcyon days of June 1968 (interesting how close to the original broadcast date they are with it).  About 2  minutes into the show, watching Cassandra rave over her potions in that spectacular buttefly peignoir, I knew I would be a fan for life.

Imagine being exorcised while wearing a buttefly peignoir!  I can imagine the snickers when Cass turned up back in the old Flaming Pit Lounge wearing that thing.

Gothick

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Thanks Doombuggy for the work you have done in presenting Grayson's work on the Haunted House album to the public.  I appreciate your choice of photo for her, too--one of my favorites!

I'm interested in your statement that Grayson's voice was never heard in the Haunted Mansion.  The only thing I had ever heard about this was from a fan who had a friend who THOUGHT she had heard GH's voice coming from a gypsy fortuneteller in the Mansion.  It's been so long since I was last there that I don't even remember whether there was a gypsy fortuneteller in there or not!  I guess memory can play tricks upon one--you say that the Haunted Mansion opened in August of '69, yet I could have sworn that I took the ride on my visit to Disneyland in August of '68.  It was such a long time ago ...

It would be great to find someone who could check the Disney archives and see whether there's any paperwork there about Grayson's contract for That Darn Cat.  Would be intriguing to see whether any paperwork survived for the work she did on the recording.

Best wishes,

Steve Shutt

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Mark:

These chapters are wonderful work.  Really quite good. I thought the second one was just a bit better than the first because the mood was so sustained and focused.  The first one dragged a bit for the first 4 pages (forgive my bluntness--I'm rapidly turning into a crotchety old New England curmudgeon).  Great writing for Julia, btw, and that's not a compliment I pass out readily.

Too bad the series was canceled.  You've really got me wondering just where this story would have led.  Haven't a clue at the moment! Thanks for sharing the bit that did get written.  That's such a generous gesture on your part.  I figure since you are putting these up on the Net, it means it's highly unlikely you will ever write anymore.

I hope you and your wife enjoy your cruise.  It sounds very romantic.

Best wishes,

Steve

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Current Talk '02 I / Re: DS Closing Credits
« on: June 03, 2002, 10:33:54 PM »
Hi,

Thayer David comes on camera during the closing credits of an episode that should be among those screened this week (unless, of course, Sci Fi decides to run a LEXX chain reaction in place of DS--lol!).

And, appropriately enough, it is the set of Prof Stokes' living room that he walks onto.

Gothick

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Although I have nothing new to contribute to this discussion, I must say I find all of this fascinating.  I hope you will all continue to share information here in this public forum.  It makes for sad but instructive reading.  

Darren, have you tried getting any Catholic friends of yours to say a prayer to St. Anthony of Padua for the hoDS footage?  I've heard that if it is anywhere, St. Anthony will find it!  

Best wishes,

Steve

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I personally think the quality of any Dark Shadows related product plummets in direct proportion to DC's personal input.  But that's just me.  As Grayson points out on the anniversary CD, "Dan really does have a genius for spook!"

Gothick

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Current Talk '02 I / Re: O. T.....but maybe not.
« on: May 30, 2002, 05:18:03 PM »
Hi R. P.,

Herbs only pop up every so often on DS.  I remember Aunt Hannah and Angelique using mandrake to enchant Quentin during the Parallel Time storyline.  In 1795 it seems as if they started out trying to depict Angelique's powers a little more authentically in terms of island cunning woman type lore and practice.

Another great herbal reference is Julianka and her gathering the "blood" of the orris root--which actually IS a powerful binding agent used to give many spells an extra "kick."  I'm pretty sure Violet Welles was responsible for that--she seems to have been more enthusiastic about research than the others.

I helped a friend plant his herbal seedlings the weekend before last.  He had a couple of good books, one of them by an old-school hard-line gardener who made very strict recommendations about the distance between plants for the herbs.  Many of them do better planted in pairs, and she also mentioned about that.  I can't recall this particular author's name--the book was of the "Herb Gardening Made Easy" type, and the original publication date was ca. 1976.

What I do remember is that taller plants like fennel and rosemary should ideally have 2 feet of room between them.  You may not need to worry about this, though, since the plants will not survive the winter.  Unless you save the pots and transplant them out of the garden and bring them indoors in Sept.  I guess there's a chance you could keep them going if you did that.

Good luck!  Isn't gardening the best?

Gothick

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Current Talk '02 I / Re: DVD Review in EW
« on: May 30, 2002, 05:07:40 PM »
Thanks for the link to Alan Hayes' review of the DVD set, Stuart.  It's too bad that MPI skimped on the actual presentation of the episodes on the DVD's, but that is pretty much what I had expected.  I'd also figured that the trumpeted "new" extras would be recycled from material previously presented on video, and such proves to be the case.

As far as I can see, the only advantage the DVD's have over the tapes is that they take up less shelf space.  

Gothick

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