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Groovy!

Another good one from the old days is INNER SANCTUM.  I always loved it when they "opened the creaking door"... SO DS.  As a child, I had this thing for imitating the sound effect of the coffin lid sl-o-o-o-w-w-w-ly opening on the show.  I think it drove my Mom nuts.  No doubt one of the many reasons why she detested the show.

G.

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Marcos was a great guy.  Hope he's having fun, wherever he is.

G.

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I listened to that one a couple of years ago and I still remember it.  Only some of the Witches Tales broadcasts survive but they're great fun.  At one point the "old Witch Nancy" was actually played by a little girl aged around 12 or 13 I think... she had an amazing faculty for mimicry.

Grand stuff!  You have great taste Lady Arashi!  Have you listened to any of THE STRANGE DR WEIRD?  Those are fun.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '15 II / Re: Penny Dreadful
« on: October 25, 2015, 11:37:11 PM »
I agree.  I thought it was a really good story with very strong performances from all on board.

Can't wait to see where they go next year.

G.

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My favorite recent ghost was a character on a short-lived British series called HEX.  I wish I could recall the character name and actress.  She was brilliant and fun.

I wonder whether anyone still remembers TOPPER with Mr. Waverly himself (Leo G. Carroll) as the hapless mortal dealing with sprightly spooks.

G.

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My favorite entry thus far was a comment from Matt Hall that Thayer rented a separate apartment (in addition to his residence) in NYC just for his books.  I imagine he kept quite a few antiques in there, too.

There was an interesting note about the pocket watch Prof. Stokes carried; if I recall correctly, it was a gift to Thayer from a family member when he was very young.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '15 II / Re: Penny Dreadful
« on: October 16, 2015, 05:17:33 PM »
My DVDs arrived and I saved several dollars on the posted price from the pre-order.  I am really enjoying these shows.  Haven't gotten to any of the extras yet.  They include a Round Table with Reeve Carney, episode production vlogs, and something called "A History of the Occult" which might be a PDF.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '15 II / Thirteen Days of Thayer David
« on: October 16, 2015, 05:12:12 PM »
Fans,

The Thayer David Fan Club site on Facebook is launching a "Thirteen Days of Thayer David" tribute tomorrow, Oct. 17.  The finale will be "A Dark Shadows Halloween" on Oct.31.  The tribute is billed as featuring "super-rare photographs, quotes and memories, exclusive to this site."

The URL for the fan club homepage:

https://www.facebook.com/The-Thayer-David-Fan-Club-199146836797222/

You might be able to see the posts without an account, but I am not sure about this.

It has been really nice to see some attention given to Thayer, finally.  A family member (Thayer's nephew, I believe) is involved.

G.

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Interesting, but I don't see what makes the "house" as described in any way evocative of DARK SHADOWS.

I know they recommend LEDs and electric "candles" due to insurance concerns but to me, that's the opposite of spooky.  more like TACKY IMO.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '15 II / Re: OT<Jaquin
« on: October 06, 2015, 05:38:02 PM »
Hope you are OK Patti.  Here in the Boston area of Mass., the impact of the storm seemed to be negligible.  Don't know about down on Cape Cod.

G.

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Current Talk '15 II / Re: Moltke/Scott, House Of Dark Shadows
« on: October 06, 2015, 04:17:26 PM »
from one of Sam Hall's interviews about NoDS, it would seem that a werewolf story was considered, but given the cost of the effects and makeup they decided to go with Angelique as a vengeful, seductive ghost instead.  And I think personally that NoDS is a much better movie simply because it is an original story, not a potted version of something already told at length on television.

The other salient fact about NoDS is that Frid apparently backed out somewhat late in the game, which left them scrambling to come up with an alternative because MGM wanted the sequel promptly (for a Summer or early Fall '71 release I think? Sam and Grayson's publicity tour was sometime in August, if I recall correctly).

I really think Frid's flat refusal to do the sequel soured his relationship with Sam and Grayson.  That's pure speculation on my part of course, based on various comments I have read from the Halls in several interviews.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '15 II / Re: <OT TV Series
« on: October 02, 2015, 05:37:56 PM »
I do recommend something called Ghostwatch, which is a thing that originally aired in the UK in the early 1990s.  It is a fictional story presented, a la Orson Welles War of the Worlds, as if it is a "reality" thing profiling a haunted tenement building in London.  It might be on Youtube.  I generally don't care for 'reality" television and this pre-dates that genre, but I thought it was really well done and genuinely spooky.  A lot of folks thought it was real.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '15 II / Re: <OT TV Series
« on: October 02, 2015, 05:29:21 PM »
It's a series about actual hauntings or other paranormal occurrences with talking heads and re-enactments. It comes right up on Amazon if you select "Movies and TV" as your search object and just type the words "A Haunting."  It seems to be US--reference is made in one user review to a channel called Destination America (I presume it is a channel, I haven't watched television in years now).

Here's a sample blurb from the fifth or sixth season which only had four episodes:

These chilling tales of the supernatural take you inside real-life horror stories, with each one-hour episode featuring eyewitness accounts and cinematic re-enactments of some of the most spine tingling and inexplicable stories ever recorded. Episode by shocking episode, you will be stunned and astonished by these spellbinding tales of evil lurking in the most everyday places. By the end of each amazing story, you will experience an eerie feeling that life and death are stranger and more terrifying than you had ever imagined.  (end of blurb)

Best,  G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '15 II / Re: The Vampire Diaries
« on: September 30, 2015, 09:49:39 PM »
I'm sure that nobody really cares, but Ian Somerhalder appears to be naked in this trailer.  Of course since it is TV we don't get to see what I think of as the "good part."

http://hollywoodlife.com/2015/09/29/ian-somerhalder-naked-damon-the-vampire-diaries-trailer-video/

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '15 II / Re: Happy Birthday to Julia99!
« on: September 30, 2015, 08:19:05 PM »
Happy Birthday!

G.

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