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Someone earlier asked whether shows like Quantam Leap fit into the category I was asking about. Yes, I would include some SciFi/Acion shows as well. I was polling the more outre shows rather than, say, "Scarecow and Mrs. King", which although being a great showcase for Kate Jackson, isn't supernatural.
    By the way, I was reviewing an episode list for "The Incredible Hulk" and although I remembered that Lara Parker had been in the pilot episode as the late wife of David Banner, I had forgotten KLS also did an episode. Anyone seen that one lately?

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Calendar Events / Announcements '04 I / OT - Other Favorite TV Shows
« on: March 29, 2004, 08:52:19 PM »
Okay DS fans, being Mr. Curious here. What's are some of your other favorite supernatural TV shows?
Are you a modern vampyre fan of Buffy or Angel? Do you still love the anthology shows like Thriller or Twilght Zone? Did you cruise the streets with Nick Nite or Mulder and Scully? Are you the ONLY person you know who's ever actually seen "Strange Paradise"? (I've net met anyone who's seen one) Or do you just surf to the Munster's themesong? What's your choice for the next TV box sets? Spill your spooky faves.

I'm going to start this off with 2 of my favorites...

1.) Smallville . I'm hooked. The first year had a lot of X Files overtones, but now the characters have kept me coiming back. Great cast, great scripts. Clark Kent is a man with a secret held by only a few. A great reinvention of the Superman saga without a cape in sight.

2.) Twin Peaks. It had a great group of oddball characters, but there was a nice thick underbelly of mystery and the supernatural that was fascinating if you stuck with it. Unfortunately, it will forever be a cliff hanger.

Your turn...MJ

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When I was working at my old job, as an asst. manager/buyer at a records store, I decorated the place for Halloween and brought in my framed Barnabas portrait (the early '90s one of Jonathan Frid, used the in color card series.) It got recognized quite a number of times, but usually from people who watched the show originally rather than SciFi viewers. It looked very good with a few store bought cobwebs.
    MB is right, at least some of my Halloween decorations stay up all year. That portrait is now over our fireplace at home.

         MJ aka CyrusL

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Current Talk '04 I / Re:Favorite Character
« on: March 29, 2004, 07:51:30 PM »
I've been wanting to take the time to reply to this one for some time...

My Favorite Characters

1.) Barnabas. Of all the classic film characters, vampyres are my favorites. David Skal in his books notes that Barnabas is the transitional figure from the Lugosi/Lee type vampyres to the modern, emotional Anne Rice type of characters. Barnabas was the most complex if sometimes contradictory character of the show, and when Jonathan Frid was truly "on", he was riveting. Without Barnabas, I don't think we'd be watching this show 35 years later. (Skal-Hollywood Gothic, V is for Vampyre, others.)

2.) David Collins. I have a great affection for David as he was living the life I wanted when I was his age. Great spooky house, endless rooms, plenty of mystery and best of all, real ghosts. I definitely projected myself into the show as David growing up.
He looked about my age even if he was a little older.
I also identified with his lonliness, as another only child.

3.) Prof. Stokes. As a professor of the occult, he was the adult i wanted to grow up to be. He had style, wit, and sophistication.

4.) Angelique. My favorite female character as she was so good as the adversary of Barnabas, and yet you sensed the love behind the hate. Like Barnabas, as complex and excitingly unpredictable character. ( I really like the episodes Violet Welles scrpited for Lara, they gave her such depth.)

5.) Quentin. Because he was the opposite of Barnabas, fun loving, extroverted and yet sensative as well. He had a sense of strength I liked too.

I want to say all of these character we very , very well cast. They fit the parts like a glove and brought so much personality to them.

I also love Vickie, Trask, Ben Stokes and Cyrus among others as well.

My last favorite is totally personal.

Julianka, the gyspy. Okay, she's totally hot. Sadly, only 4 epsiodes. And yes, my wife has my permision to buy that costume for Halloween or anytime.

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Current Talk '04 I / Re:Thayer David Info Wanted
« on: February 11, 2004, 10:17:49 PM »
No idea if any of them are listed, but it's a cool site.

Luciaphil, while I love Findagrave and have haunted it (all puns intended  ;) ) for hours at a time, Thayer and Grayson's info just ain't there  :-[  I should have mentioned that when I asked. So, any of you other loyal, nut case fans like myself know? I once heard Grayson was in NY. I know Joan Bennett is in Lyme CT, just not sure where.
       Cyrus aka Michael

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Current Talk '04 I / Re:Maggie's mysterious guest..who is he?
« on: February 10, 2004, 08:28:02 PM »
 ???  You know, I had without ever really pondering it, thought the guy looked like Richard Garner. However, as he wasn't at all in that episode, I would have to agree that its probably a stand in. Timothy Gordon or a camera man is a pretty good bet.

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Current Talk '04 I / Re:Thayer David Info Wanted
« on: February 10, 2004, 08:00:23 PM »
 ;)  Two Things
1.) I bought that CD from Bobubas a few years ago and my wife and I love them. Roger Davis hasn't changed in 30 years. He still tries to answer every question no matter who its asked to. Quite an artifact, and great to hear the cast relaxed with their real sense of humor.
2.) Along Thayer lines, I am curious if anyone knows where he was laid to rest. I'm also curious to know the same information about Grayson, Joel Crothers and any other cast member's gravesites anyone has visited. I made a point of visiting Bela Lugosi's and Dwight Frye's when Diane and I went to DS in Los Angeles. Its nice to be able to pay your respects to your favorites.

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I remember reading either in "Big Lou" or another interview, that Louis Edmonds "liberated" some shutters from the Spratt House and put them to use out at his home, The Rookery. Bobubas has been out there before and may be able to tell us more about them.
           Cyrus aka Michael

A Cousin from Virginia

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Calendar Events / Announcements '04 I / Re:Most Valuble Item?
« on: February 09, 2004, 10:32:53 PM »
 [shockeyes]  <=== Man with View Master

Hey, one of the very coolest  8)  DS collectibles ever were the View Master reels, issued from 3-D pictures taken during the Adam storyline. I got mine in either an Easter basket or Christmas stocking in 1969. They run anywhere from $50 to $100 depending on the dealer. Great depth in the pictures. You will see Barnabas, Maggie, Adam, Eve, Nicholas, Roger, Liz, Peter Bradford, Joe and more. Great shots of Collinwood with that "Wax Museum" atmosphere. The reel still work on the current viewers.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '04 I / Re:DS clay figures
« on: February 09, 2004, 08:38:44 PM »
 :D  Actually, i think they are all kinda cute. I think i would have recognized them even out of context. I agree Quentin should have a period costume, but I do see some resemblance. Hey, I saw a Dracula figure on a different website that don't look so much like Lugosi as it was a dead ringer (all puns intended) for Howard Dean.  I thoght both the Julia and Angelique clay figures were nicely feminine.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '04 I / Re:Most Valuble Item?
« on: February 04, 2004, 09:54:56 PM »
 ;D Great topic!
   I'm an avid collector of DS and classic horror film memorabilia. Sometime I'll have to post a pic of my "Forry Ackerman" basement ,[frankie]
 I painted the walls stone grey to resemble the Old House basement.
DS wise, my most "valuable" items would probably be
1.) The cards-I have a complete set of the original pink cards, the green cards, the recent orange cards, and the color photo cards, although I lack the signed Dan Curtis card, I do have the signed Selby, KLS, and Roger Davis cards.
2.) I have about a 1/3 of the Gold Key Dark Shadows comics, including a # 1.
3.) My wife has a complete set of the old paperbacks, including the cookbook and all the novels. [read]
4.) I have the original one sheet (standard theatre size)
posters for HODS and NODS, (style 1 on each). I paid about $75 for HODS about 10 years ago and I've seen it go up a lot since then. I have the complete lobby card set for HODS and most for NODS. I hope to complete that set one day.
5.) Most valubale to me personally is a 1968 cast photo, the one they are standing on the stairs in, signed by John Karlen, KLS, Nancy Barrett, Lara Parker, Jonathan Frid and Louis. (Bless his soul). I wouldn't part with it for anything, although I'd keep missing Robert Rodan at shows and wish i could get him to sign it as well.
  Sincerely, no bragging, I'm just proud of what I've collected.
PS One day, I plan on adding a skeleton in Trask like clothes in a unused closet, and put something that resemebles a partially bricked up wall in front.   ;)

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Calendar Events / Announcements '04 I / Re:Films with DS cast members
« on: February 04, 2004, 07:42:57 PM »
Journey to the Center of the Earth-1960
   This is one of my favorite Thayer David performances. Okay, the films does have Pat Boone who is actually an adequate actor and they do let him sing, so don't hold that against it. Thayer gets to play the adversary of James Mason as they race to the title destination. He appears mainly in the second half of the film. If you like Thayer's dark side, head here!  [devil]

Its out in a nice widescreen DVD
[blackbat][blackbat][blackbat]

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Current Talk '04 I / Re:Idea for New DS Willie Loomis
« on: February 04, 2004, 06:56:17 PM »
I'm not sure if he'd do TV, but I would pick Crispin Glover, as he reminds me of Dwight Frye, the Renfield of Bela Lugosi's "Dracula" in 1931. Renfield is the direct inspiration for the Willie character.  [blackbat] [blackwidow] [vampy]

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Current Talk '04 I / Re:Farewell Montages
« on: January 19, 2004, 06:38:11 PM »
 :D   Yes, I love these montages too. I was also awaiting one for David Selby. It would be nice to do them for the other major performers, even though about 8 of them made it  to the last episode.  I appreciate the work that has gone into them.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '04 I / Re:Best Wishes to Dean
« on: January 19, 2004, 04:34:29 AM »
Have great birthday Dean. Party like it's 1897 or convention weekend. (Your choice, its your day  ;)  )
With all Shadowy returns!

CyrusL aka Michael J
      A Cousin from Virginia