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Calendar Events / Announcements '15 II / Re: Happy Birthday, Midnite!!!
« on: August 10, 2015, 08:53:08 PM »
Happy Birthday Midnite darling!

cheers, Steve

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Calendar Events / Announcements '15 II / Re: Elementary
« on: August 06, 2015, 03:01:56 PM »
He's so luscious.  Thanks for the fun photos, MB!

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '15 II / Re: dark shadows dance party
« on: July 27, 2015, 07:01:56 PM »
Sorry to hear about the emergency room trip, Michael.  I hope you are feeling better now.

Best,

Steve

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Current Talk '15 II / An Anniversary
« on: July 19, 2015, 07:59:32 PM »
Ah, July 19--a date that will live in history! On this date 49 years ago, July 19, 1966, the Introduction of Bleedervalve Collins occurred.  Television would never be the same again.  Episode 17 of DARK SHADOWS had seen the light of day.

Here's to automotive safety--and to DS, forever pushing the frontiers--other series relied on the tried and true mechanics of the "missing spark plug" scenario, but Dan Curtis and Art Wallace went out on a limb and created Bleedervalve... a truly legendary icon in the annals of American series.

cheers,

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '15 II / Re: Confessions: Loveless
« on: July 19, 2015, 05:07:36 PM »
Just seeing this now, so it may be too late.  The thing to note about Lovecraft is that he wrote in a heavily literary style with lots of elaborate descriptions.  So you might want to start with just one story and if you like that, try a couple more.

"The Dunwich Horror" was the inspiration for the DS Leviathan storyline--and was made into a fun film (well, *I* think it's fun) with Dean Stockwell, Sandra Dee and Sam Jaffe around the same time (1970).

A couple more that I think are good:  "The Call of Cthulhu," "Dreams in the Witch-house,"  and "The Whisperer in Darkness."  I remember "Through the Gates of the Silver Key" being bizarre and fun but it's been around 30 years since I last read it.  It's described as being co-written by HPL and another writer, but the other writer only contributed one paragraph--which I believe HPL completely re-wrote so the style would match up.

Best, G.

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Well, Barbara Hershey is a very good actress, and Bradley "Bradders" James got pulses racing in some of his scenes in MERLIN--a series I barely watched, but it had some great talent on board (mostly wasted).

It definitely has potential.  But television doesn't have a very good track record with this kind of material.  If it were on Showtime or HBO there might be some hope. I didn't know A&E was even running drama series now.  But then I'm really out of touch with current broadcasting.

G.

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I don't go to Festivals anymore, but I think it would be great if James Hall were invited.  Apart from anything else, would be very interesting to hear his own account of what went down during his time on the show.

I'm very happy that John Karlen took over the role, since to me, he IS Willie.  But I have to confess that when I finally got to see James Hall's episodes, I thought the performance had a compellingly unpleasant feel and some definite potential. 

G.

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One thing that puzzled me at the time was how the initial comic book story (with a return of Angelique theme) in 2010-2011 had a finale that was very close to the ending of the 2012 movie.  The comic came out as the movie was being prepared and then filmed, so I did wonder if there had been a script leak.  I don't recall this ever being mentioned subsequently, but then, I haven't exactly done due diligence to keep up with press around the 2012 film.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '15 II / Re: Re: Penny Dreadful
« on: July 03, 2015, 06:13:27 PM »
dom, I would love to screen Penny Dreadful with you!  The show is such fun.

A friend sent me this Tumblr link--it is a brief exposition on the resemblance of Witch Priestess Evelyn Poole's delightfully cozy home to our own dear house...

http://nightling13.tumblr.com/post/123116218553/hmm-familiar-housing

cheers, G.

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I agree with the statement that Depp Shadows has been quite polarizing.  I for one detested it, both as a version of Shadows and in and of itself.  It underlined for me why I don't bother with very many current movies.

On an OT note, for those who enjoy romantic historic drama, I thought the new version of FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD was wonderful.  Charming script, beautiful performances, stunning scenery--on every level, a delight.

G.

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I very much enjoyed reading your account, Uncle Roger.  It sounds like a lot of fun.

Did any fan vendors attend?  It's so nice that Christine and the actress who played Donna were there.  Donna's episode is one of my favorites because she's so shameless in her interest in Chris.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '15 I / Re: On & Off Topic
« on: June 28, 2015, 11:38:36 PM »
Yeah it may have been that Gerard was meant to be the "new Quentin."  I don't think he really took off, though he (James Storm) was featured in the later 1970/71 teen mags quite a bit.

The most iconic version of TURN OF THE SCREW is an early 1960s film called THE INNOCENT.  If you watch it, you'll see some foreshadowings of DS.

G.

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Current Talk '15 I / Re: The Month of Victoria's Arrival
« on: June 28, 2015, 11:24:13 PM »
It's a chilly grey day here too. I should have been spending the day watching Dark Shadows, but instead, stupidly, I have been cleaning the living room and getting rid of stuff.

I keep having to put the blankets on my bed away, then get them out again... New England weather!

G.

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Holy Hell.  Ioan Gruffudd and Judd Hirsch.  Doing slashy scenes together?  No wonder it failed.  It must be about 500 times way too sophisticated for this degraded era of DUCK DYNASTY and HONEY BOO-BOO.

I hadn't heard of it, but I haven't had a signal in years, and I never hear about 99 percent of what's on the tube these days.

Hope it gets a DVD release.  I know a Constantine fan who is anxiously awaiting news on that front.

Best, Gothick

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Calendar Events / Announcements '15 I / Re: On & Off Topic
« on: June 28, 2015, 05:06:32 AM »
Patti--the original Quentin haunting Collinwood story on DS (the original series) was heavily based on TURN OF THE SCREW.  In the last year of DS, when they were scrambling for story material (after the incredibly original PT 1970 and 1995 storylines), they wound up turning to TURN OF THE SCREW again, but did make some changes from how it was played out in the original 1968-69 version with Quentin & Beth.

G.

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