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Calendar Events / Announcements '06 II / Re: Off I jet!
« on: August 22, 2006, 02:58:40 AM »
Ah lucky you, you have two days ahead of us,  ;)!  In my best Jason McGuire, "I will keep an eye out for you, Buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz."  See you end of the week!
Michael

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Current Talk '06 II / Re: Help! i'm trapped in this coffin!
« on: August 21, 2006, 07:25:06 PM »
I wonder in the case of Barnabas being in the hospital under Dr. Lang, the fact he was simply in Maine constituted his "native soil"?   ::)

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Calendar Events / Announcements '06 II / Re: Happy Birthday, VAM
« on: August 21, 2006, 03:26:52 AM »
Hello Vam! The whole gang flew in to wish you a Happy Birthday!
 [vampire]      [_Vampire_]      [thewave]      [occasion13]     [vampsmiley]    [vampy]    [laughing_devil]    [frankie]      [grim]
Hope you had a great time!

Michael  [ghost]

 
 

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Best Birthday wishes to you Both. I hear August people are pretty cool!  ;)
 [happy1]      [thewave]     [occasion13]       [occasion18]         [occasion16]      [occasion6]        [occasion5]


Michael
 

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Likewise, I feel great sympathy for the Selby family.  It takes some time to grieve over a parent. It was months before I got out of the habit of picking up the phone to call my Dad when he passed. The description of his Dad reminds me of a lot of my older Lodge brothers, lots of veterans. Its really an honor to be members with guys who fought at Normandy on D-Day and the guys who were in the Pacific. I admire their strength, virtue and conviction. I know David is a very caring person, after seeing him at the shows and reading his books. Again, our prayers of consolation will go out to him.

Michael

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Caption This! - 1795/1796 / Re: Episode #0438
« on: August 18, 2006, 02:36:34 PM »
The hand spoke, "If you Thing One is bad, just wait 'til Thing Two!"
Trask shrieked, "Its the dreaded voice of Gerald McGrew! I will eat no more green eggs and ham, Trask I am!"

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Current Talk '06 II / Re: I've seen it all!
« on: August 17, 2006, 02:29:58 PM »
If I were going to conquer the next, best cult/supernatural/weird/richcaharcterswithgoodactors/soapelements/serial, I would go with "Twin Peaks."  [cheer]   [grim] It also has an annual convention, although unlike Dark Shadows, I think there shows are much smaller and there conventions are more likely to fade out. I love the TV shows although. First Season was out on DVD but OOP, I understand both seaosn may be issued in DVD soon.  [beg2]  One other caveat, they did end on a major cliffhanger which I suspect, other than fan fiction, WILL never be resolved, as the cast and crew is very unlikely to be reassembled. :'(

Michael 

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Current Talk '06 II / Re: Help! i'm trapped in this coffin!
« on: August 16, 2006, 03:40:21 PM »
It's for that exact reason that I love Christopher Lee as Dracula. Sure the Hammer Dracula movies are a far cry from the Dracula novel, but Lee plays Dracula superbly. He's very feral, very menacing. I LOVE it.
Lee is always truly great. I think its a great example of how an actor can take a role that had been previously seen as having been done definitively and remake it into his own. (likewise George Reeves and Christopher Reeve) I have always absolved myself from Hammer vs Universal arguments noting I truly love both. I think someone once said the first 20 minutes of the 1931 Dracula is the best horror film EVER made. I watched it Monday night and I always love it. Likewise, Hammer was never better than 1958's Dracula. I love the way they lit Mina's seduction in autumn moonlight, with leaves swirling and Dracula's cape billowing like soft leather wings as he walks away.
      One of the reason's I love DS so much is that the vampire films are my favorites and whether he likes it or not, lol  ;), Jonathan gave one of the best portrayals ever of the undead. And again, it was truly original and a new palate of emotions previously unseen in that genre. The idea of combining a vampire with "soap" elements and gothic romance, added new dimensions to the vampire genre,  is more than anything else, this is why we still watch DS today.

Michael   [_Vampire_]

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arashi, You're thinking of Roman Polanski, who did one of my favorite scary movies, "Rosemary's Baby." (and the near horror film version of Macbeth, and the charming "Nosferatu" parody, "The Fearless Vampire Killers.") I do believe he still cannot re-enter the United States. While Diane was eager to meet George Romero as not only is NOTLD one of her favorites, her parents are from a town relatively close to Pittsburgh, Greensburg, which gets a mention in the original. With respect to his great talent, I wouldn't be a s quick to introduce Diane to Roman Polanski.  ;)

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Current Talk '06 II / Re: Help! i'm trapped in this coffin!
« on: August 16, 2006, 03:24:59 AM »
The Dracula of Stoker's novel is quite a different figure from what he has morphed into, most especially with the Balderston play from which the original Lugosi/Universal film was adapted. In some ways the controversial Coppola version is much more accurate, but oddly contains an introduced subplot that made Mina into a rather Josette type figure. While many people pointed to the Dark Shadows influence as having been filtered down through Dan Curtis's Dracula adaptation, I think if you're going to add this element, Mina is a better Josette surrogate than Lucy as in the Curtis version. Honestly, the root of this subplot is really found in the original Karloff film, "The Mummy."
      I prefer the concept that vampires in the day are in a "natural" state of death. I also tend to agree that at night, if trapped in the coffin, they would have some sense of the passage of time, but I wish I could remember the line Frid did so eloquently about 'winds of time sweeping past'. I would think this would be further altered by the placing of the cross in the coffin's upper lid. I'm sure someone here also remember how Anne Rice's novels refer to this, so I will beg their remembrance, as at this point its better than mine. I think it would be in a more altered state, a supernatural come so to speak.
       I always note the contradiction of Barnabas moaning about spending "years in this state" when in actuality, he was really only active as an undead for maybe a few months before Joshua chained him in. This is very unlike Count Dracula who does appear to have been an active vampyre for centuries when the novel begins.

Michael

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I just wanted to post a brief report on the Horrorfind show, this past weekend...

First, the events of the past week crept in...Lead guest and the most recent actor to play Count Dracula, Rutger Hauer's original flight was canceled and he was unable to attend. Likewise, Adrienne Barbeau, Michael Rooker, and Denise Crosby also had airline problems and could not attend.
      The other lead guest, George Romero was there and the line to meet him was almost constant and an average 2 hour wait. At one point, they had a magician entertain the line. If you were a Romero and "Night of the Living Dead" series fan, you would have been in your element. There were several star from the series. Our nicest conversation was with the original "Johnny", Russ Steiner. John Russo, zombie extra and one of the original NOTLD's producers was also there. DS fans may remember Russo's company produced the mid-'90s series of Dark Shadows cards and the  well received portrait/posters of Barnabas, Angelique and Quentin.
        Other guests included Erin Gray, Dee Wallace Stone, Tony Todd, Sybil Danning and the original Halloween cast members Tom Atkins, Charles Cyphers and Nancy Loomis. Longtime DC Horror Host of "Creature Feature" (and former "Captain 20") Count Gore DeVol was charming and affable.
        The dealer's room was similar and almost the size of the main Chiller room, with many of the same dealers. I picked up two Sideshow figures, an extra Dwight Frye Renfield and Buffy's "The Master." Diane picked me up an early birthday present, with a British company's well done Hammer/Christpher Lee Dracula figure. About two dealers were offering the Majestic Dark Shadows figures. I also picked up one of the original "Night of Dark Shadows" promo green badges.
         I regret we didn't arrive in time to catch Mark Rainey's reading from his new book. It was a bit of a zoo upstairs and by the time we found the author's reading room, we were past time.
        We also managed to share lunch with some other Richmond friends and horror fans who drove up. Diane and I were spending the night at her parent's in Silver Spring. This was pretty good show. I had a better time than I was expecting. I think the only thing you might have wanted is a few more vintage collectibles, but they are disappearing to Ebay....

Michael                         

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Current Talk '06 II / Re: parts you can't re-watch?
« on: August 15, 2006, 04:41:05 PM »

Poor RD - if only the directors had reigned him in more often. But then, what am I saying?! More often than not the directors not only wanted over-the-top performances, they expected and insisted upon them. No wonder RD was supposedly DC's favorite.  ::)  [wink2]
This weekend, Diane and I watched one of the first year, early Barnabas tapes and also a tape of early 1840. It really is so true how the way the show was directed changed so much. The early shows by Lela Swift  and John Sedgewick have more subtlety and a different atmosphere, but especially how the performers reflect emotion and work with the camera changed so much. Henry Kaplan reliance on tight close-ups get tiresome. Do we really need to always be seeing the faces sweat and they are so close, each line of mascara and powder puff of pancake is there. Even Lela's shows are often more frenetic. I love how in Chris Pennock's comic books he contrasts them by having Lela   [angel4] go, "Oh Chris, I love what you have been doing with your character," then  next day, having Henry Kaplan  >:D  screaming at him, "I HATE what you are doing today Chris, HATE IT! HATE IT! Give me more! MORE!"  I don't think this is too much of an exaggeration of the later era and what the actors were dealing with.

Michael

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Caption This! - The Werewolf-Quentin's Ghost / Re: Episode #0678
« on: August 15, 2006, 02:23:29 PM »
Julia:I don't or care what a physical was like for the US Navy in 1790, I need you to drop your trousers, turn your head and cough.  ::)

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Caption This! - 1897 / Re: Episode #0770
« on: August 14, 2006, 09:42:59 PM »
or...
New stills released from the set of the forthcoming live action "Tennessee Tuxedo: The Movie" reveal Commander McBragg will also appear in the film..."  ;)

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Caption This! - 1897 / Re: Episode #0770
« on: August 14, 2006, 09:36:05 PM »
Edward:" ...so for my money, Mansfield had the opportunity, the motive and the personality to be the Ripper, shall I review my facts with you again? These actor types are peculiar, you know. I could go on about the case for hours..."  ::)