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Well, I'm interested, but I long ago gave up on webchats--generally one either can't log on, or the chatroom keeps getting flooded and everyone gets kicked out, or the mods just ignore one ... or a combination of all 3...

If anybody here does go, I'd love it if you would ask Karlen if he has any memories from working with Grayson Hall.

And tell him he should get Sharon Gless on the horn and have her get him on Queer as folk!

Best,  Gothick

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Wow, how fabulous that you got to interview Ian Ogilvy!  I'm jealous!

I think the favorite thing I've seen him in was an episode of Robin of Sherwood (the 1980s series with Jason Connery).  He was also in one of the episodes of From Beyond the Grave, wasn't he?

And Stephanie Beacham is such a cool, fun lady.  Wonder what she's been up to lately?

Another reason for me to regret not owning a DVD player!

Steve

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Current Talk '02 I / Fervently clutching the phone
« on: May 01, 2002, 10:37:56 PM »
To the Mysterious Benefactor in all his mysterious May Day delight,

Many thanks for including that FAB shot of the Queen of Fabness Herself, Dr. Julia Hoffman, fervently clutching the phone at Collinwood, as gnostic and hieratic as an image in a Wallace Stevens alchemical chapbook.

Wish I had a nice, crisp, large jpg of this image for my very own.

I just love that scene where Julia goes to the Old House and lays down the law to vampy Barn.  And even more I love the scene between Julia and Dr. Lang in the hospital.  I can just see Julia thinking:  "time to get one of Angelique's voodoo dolls out and one of Eric Lang's scarves for a special treat!"

I swear, that scene where poor befuddled Addison Powell blurts out (obviously struggling not to burst out laughing), "He's a vampire, isn't he?" always cracks me up!  ONLY Grayson's dignity and focused saved that scene from degenerating into a Monty Python skit!

Gothick (hoping for a post from HENRY the Magnificent about the new shows!)

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Current Talk '02 I / Re: DID ANYONE SEE THAT?
« on: April 30, 2002, 11:14:30 PM »
Dear Raineypark, Count me among the fans who think ANY remake of DS is a bad idea.

I'm much more pleased by the continuing broadcast of the episodes (even in edited form) on Sci Fi and their reissue in the "hot" new DVD technology. In my opinion, THIS is the sort of thing that will continue to generate interest in the series.

Ever see the 1991 series?  Those shows were often unwatchably bad.  I can't wait to see someone take one of those scenes where Lysette Anthony is hissing "EAR me, Barnabas Collins!" and dump a giant prop ear on top of her with the aid of state-of-the-art computer technology!

The only good thing about a new series would be if they decided to use Seaview Manor for the filming, and that brought in some cash to fix the place up.  It is literally crumbling into pieces.  At the current rate of decay, I don't know how much will be left 30 years from now.

Gothick

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Hi Darren, Just a note to thank you again for alerting me to the restoration of Price's Over the Rainbow vocals on the Phibes Rises Again DVD.  I wonder whether the scenes that were cut from the VHS release due to music rights issues were restored as well?  I checked a couple of online DVD reviews but obviously none of the reviewers knew the films well enough to comment.

Good luck with your quest for the Japanese print of hoDS.  I still feel doubtful whether the footage of the Barnabas/Julia walk scene will be recovered there, but perhaps the hanging David scene will be.  I don't know that the Stokes/Willie scene was ever included in ANY print--ditto for the Barnabas/Julia one ...  Obviously, though, you've researched this thoroughly!

I just lent VHS copies (taken from the LaserDisc, in my untutored opinion the best available versions) to a friend for viewing.  He was quite complimentary about NoDS, believe it or not--in my opinion even in its current "trimmed" state it's head and shoulders above hoDS as a film and a theatrical artifact. There ARE characters, there ARE motives, which is more than one can say for hoDS.  About the latter, my friend made a witty comment you might appreciate (or see as the unkindest "cut" of all???):

I have some old trees I'd like to clear off my property, and wonder where the editors of HODS got the *AXE* they edited the movie with! I guess that and a blindfold were all they needed. Dear, I've haven't seen editing that bad since Paul Morrissey made it an art form in the Warhol films. There are times when the soundtrack just DIES.

I did warn him that as it stands, the movie is something of a train wreck... It does remain one of my guilty pleasures, nonetheless!

Steve


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Hi Darren,

Many thanks for taking the time to comment upon my OT whinging about the Phibes films. I hadn't heard that the missing scenes/cues had been restored for the DVD release--this is exciting news!  I wish reviewers would include this kind of info when they review the discs! Ah well...  I could've sworn I checked the Video Watchdog reviews for the Phibes DVD, but not a clue about any restoration there.

I suspect that the footage slashed in the original cut (to bring the film down to the 90 minute running time dictated by AIP) has been lost.  But Director Robert Fuest is still active & on the scene so far as I know, so he may still have a copy of the intact thing.  Who knows.  

Getting back to hoDS, I wonder whether "Japanese version" prints might not be around over in Japan that might have the lost footage?  It might be worth tracing ...

Christopher Lee reminisces in his long interview on the new City of the Dead ("Horror Hotel") DVD about filming the Kharis tongue-slicing sequence from the front for "the Japanese version."  He said that he has still never seen a print that contained this footage.

Steve

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How odd that someone was calling that company about hoDS.  Was Dark Shadows ever shown Down Under?   Maybe somebody was looking for a print to show at some fantasy/horror fest?  Were you around when those people wanted to screen a print of it at their drive in theatre, and they were unable to get hold of one?  That was very sad.

This is totally OT, but I wonder whether you have ever run into anyone interested in restoring the 2 Vincent Price Dr Phibes films (AIP productions from the early 70s).  The second one was slashed to ribbons similarly to NoDS--I read at the time that Vincent Price was disgusted because he had to re-loop some of his scenes as the existing dialogue made no sense because of the cuts!  

The movies were slashed a SECOND time due to the fact that AIP failed to pay licensing fees (or whatever they're called) for certain pieces of music used in the soundtrack scores.  So far as I know, the ONLY prints in current circulation of these movies are missing scenes that were still present in TV showings of the 1980s.  

It's a sad situation.  I can no longer enjoy watching these movies because every time I watch them I started ranting and raving about the *&@! cuts.  The last time AMC ran Dr. Phibes rises again was particularly offensive--the underscore for the first sequence in the film was practically inaudible, and bore NO relationship to what was going on onscreen!

What is it about early 70s horror films?  The only available print of Vault of Horror is similarly incomprehensible, though I have read that a complete print was released on Laserdisc in Japan.

Steve

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Current Talk '02 I / Re: Monday Makeover!
« on: April 29, 2002, 11:07:27 PM »
LOVE Grayson with short hair.  Actually I love her with ANY hair ... would have been interesting to see her play a Centauri Empress on Babylon 5, since she'd have had to go bald in that case!

I was just watching the first episode of the Leviathan storyline over the weekend--I think this look may be her best of all, when she lets those bangs grow out a bit.  Shorter hair definitely suited her.  The "big hair look" of 1970 was mostly hairpieces.

Welcome everybody to 1968, my personal all-time favorite DS storyline (Leviathan runs it a very close second!--in fact, I like certain episodes of Leviathan more than I like certain other episodes of 1968--you'll see).

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a certain ratty black wig that I need to start shellacking, oiling and hairspraying--the most diVOON butterfly caftan that I know you'll just go crazy over!

Oh, thanks Bette for your kind words about my "Pepe" stories!  Gotta love Pepe!  Any Grayson Hall fans who haven't seen Satan in High Heels should immediately order a copy!

Gothick

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Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts about the ending of the 1795 storyline, Luciaphil.  For me, the highlight is the scene between Barnabas and Joshua.  The stuff with poor Vicki is almost interminable, especially that scene with Peter Bradford.  Remember the passages in KLS' hoDS diary in response to DC's threat to make Roger Davis her boyfriend on the series?

Onward to 1968!  You know we love Roger & the harpoon.

Steve

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Current Talk '02 I / Re: Died By Fire......
« on: April 26, 2002, 05:57:49 PM »
Hi Cassandra,

I've read somewhere that in 1970 while discussing plans for the next storyline, they discussed bringing Petofi back.  I believe that one of the writers (probably Violet Welles, since she created the character) had an idea for a story involving his presence at Collinwood.  However the general consensus among the writers and DC was that the original Petofi story in 1897 went on too long in the first place.  I personally disagree, but the upshot was that the series ended before they ever got desperate enough for a storyline to try this idea out.

Steve

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Beautifully stated and argued with wonderful clarity, my dear.  I'd suggest you go in for the bar if clarity and integrity did not appear to be the OPPOSITE of the qualities demanded of that profession today.  

I really must screen these episodes soon.  I draw a blank on Ben's scene with Naomi, but it sounds classic.  Can't wait.

Fascinated by your comments about Nathan.  I suppose I read him as a scoundrel from the get-go given how his early scenes with Vicki were played.  I'll watch him with a different eye (OK, here's the time to confess that I often treat him as shameless eye candy when he's onscreen) next time I go through these tapes.

Thanks again for a great little essay on these shows!  And I'm flattered by the dedication (blushing & bowing head)

Steve

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Current Talk '02 I / Re: Paging Luciaphil!
« on: April 26, 2002, 01:50:33 AM »
Oh boy, I can SO relate about the wonders of microfilm!  Try doing 1950s and 60s theatre research off microfilm copies of the Village Voice and NY Times sometime.  It's ... fun.

Love the "with six you get eggroll" concept!  

Take care,

Steve

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Current Talk '02 I / Re: innocent men made monsters
« on: April 25, 2002, 10:19:12 PM »
Henry dolling,

I think Bathia was calling for "Silas!", eighteenth century Collinsport pizza delivery boy.  (His story was written by the same author as "Johnny Tremaine," only Thayer David played the Sebastian Cabot role.)

After all, exorcism is hungry work, especially when those darned demons keep spitting pre-digested pea soup in your face.

Looking forward to your next wonderful post!

Gothick

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Current Talk '02 I / Paging Luciaphil!
« on: April 25, 2002, 10:04:32 PM »
Are we going to get one of your witty, thoughtful commentaries to today's episodes?  I really want to get out the tape and have a look at these.  Thought Joan looked at her loveliest.

It is interesting to see the comments in the "Naomi notions" post about Naomi's suicide.  Although for obvious reasons I can't really put myself in her shoes (my feet are too darned big for starters, lol), I do find dramatically plausible her traumatic reaction to discovering what had happened to Barnabas, resulting in her act of suicide.  I haven't seen these shows in many years so perhaps the way the story was written, or the way Joan played the scene, makes the depth of Naomi's shock implausible ... but I don't think the concept is at all unlikely, I'm sad to say.

In certain cultures, Imperial Rome and classical China for example, suicide was almost programmed as the "correct" response to family misfortune, particularly for a female.  A lot of the casualties in Chinese wars throughout the ages were women who committed suicide because the alternative was vulnerability to rape.

Gothick

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Current Talk '02 I / Re: Alexandra "Giggles" Moltke
« on: April 25, 2002, 06:43:44 PM »
Last night I was watching the episode where Garth Blackwood has escaped Charles Tate's botched attempt at knot-tying (obviously Tate was never a boy scout) and is railing at Petofi.  I swear Roger Davis was about to crack up in that scene.  You could see him biting his lip and looking away.  The camera was not on John Harkins (who played Blackwood) and I had the feeling that his hat was askew. Or one of those eyebrows they had pasted on him. Those eyebrows looked like painted dead caterpillars. They were the most horrifying thing about Garth Blackwood!

I also think that Jonathan Frid or Peter Turgeon was about to burst out laughing in the climactic scene where Dr. Woodard tells Barnabas, "Last night I saw your sister Sarah!"  I'm referring to the cliffhanger of that episode; the next day when they restaged the scene, it went smoothly and came out as intended.

Steve

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