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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, 10:38:36 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, 10:24:13 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, 04:06:32 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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Current Talk '15 I / Re: The Month of Victoria's Arrival
« on: June 28, 2015, 04:00:07 AM »
She arrived 49 years ago on June 27, 1966, and nothing has ever been the same since.

Happy Anniversary DS!

G.

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Current Talk '15 I / Re: The Month of Victoria's Arrival
« on: June 24, 2015, 08:42:00 PM »
Interesting.  I don't recall the time of year, or the month, ever being mentioned, but that would explain why Vicki runs around in a trench coat all the time in what I had always thought was late June/early July.

G.

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I was looking for some pictures of Magda just now and I found this fab little conversation between my most talented niece, Penny Dreadful, and somebody named Dr. Destruction:

http://terrordaves.com/2012/06/11/he-saidshe-said-penny-dreadful-dr-destruction-dish-on-dark-shadows/

It's a great discussion, but what impressed me is that Penny SPEAKS OUT on behalf of Leviathan, and Nicholas Blair's return in the storyline!

FINALLY, another fan who "gets it"!

Big hearty cheers to Penny Dreadful!

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '15 I / Re: Penny Dreadful
« on: June 24, 2015, 01:18:36 AM »
I am not into award shows, but I have to say that Helen McCrory has really captivated me in the role of Evelyn.  I've only seen episode 1 of the current series and various clips SHO has posted to YT, but she's invariably awesome--such fabulous craft as an actress, and I think she would have been PERFECT on DS--the ORIGINAL series that is. 

I also personally would like to see Simon Russell Beale get an award because he's totally ringing my Thayer David chimes as Lyle, but I think the character is probably too minor and, inevitably, too eccentric, to attract attention from the Emmies.

Somebody was speculating that Lyle and Ethan should have a roll in the hay since Lyle is evidently besotted with Ethan.  I found myself wondering just what Lyle's intricately composed hair and beard would look like in the wake of such... vigorous exercise.  Let's face it, Ethan doesn't go from Mild to Wild--he STARTS Wild and goes BESTIAL.

G.

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Testing. 1, 2, 3... / Re: HELP...and more HELP
« on: June 16, 2015, 07:53:58 PM »
I'm sure you have thought of this, but have you tried phoning Best Buy?

I work in Cambridge, Mass, which is a major epicenter of computer geek culture in the Northeast, and there are a couple of shops here that fix cracked screens.  I imagine that simply remove the cracked pieces and replace with the correct new screen.

I don't know where you live but you could try googling "cracked screen" and your town and state name.

Best, G.

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The plot outline wasn't original to NoDS.  I saw an episode of ONE STEP BEYOND from the early 1960s that was a very similar story to NoDS, complete with the husband being taken over by the angry male spirit of a previous house owner (not, in this case, an ancestor I believe) and getting stroppy with his wife.  New England setting, too--in Maine, if I recall aright.

G.

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Current Talk '15 I / Re: Discuss - Infamous Ep #0938
« on: June 15, 2015, 03:09:25 PM »
An even bigger "much ado about nothing" was the whole Java Queen thing, endlessly discussed and speculated upon during the Gerard haunting story in the Summer of 1970.  Complete with pirates who later became zombies, and a cool model of the Queen that showed up in David's bedroom.

Then we go to 1840 and ... zilch.  I think during the big plotting session that supposedly happened over a weekend in Sept. (or maybe even early Oct.) of '70, somebody realized just how difficult it would be to stage a shipboard romance storyline in the confines of the existing studio space.

That wasn't the only major continuity gaffe in 1840, but it was a doozy.

G.

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Current Talk '15 I / Re: Discuss - Infamous Ep #0938
« on: June 14, 2015, 08:08:08 PM »
Dark Lady, when I mentioned Claude North, I wasn't thinking of his demise but more the fact that there was his huge build-up to his appearance and then all of a sudden--he was dead.

I know it wasn't possible for Claude to be played by Thayer David, but IMO the role needed an actor of that kind of presence and depth.

Of course I did think Brian Sturdivant was a sexy little thing... just not the right actor for that role.

G.

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Current Talk '15 I / Re: Discuss - Infamous Ep #0938
« on: June 14, 2015, 12:33:57 AM »
Dark Lady, I actually love PT 1970.  It is the last storyline with a plot that has a coherent development, and a finale that draws together all the loose threads in a satisfactory conclusion. Granted there are speed bumps--notably Aunt Hannah's abrupt disappearance once Hoffman comes back (she was evidently viewed as a surrogate for Hoffman, as Alexalique's co-conspirator), and the whole Claude North thing (I wonder if Brian Sturdivant just failed to show up for work one day--that's what happened with Craig Slocum).  I also enjoy getting to see Edmonds, Bennett, Thayer and others play such way-out characters.  John Karlen played an alcoholic writer, but Will H. Loomis was still more with-it than his previous characterizations--though I will always love Willie best of all his roles.  The Jekyll/Hyde plot isn't all that interesting to me, but every storyline has something that I feel the urge to fast forward through (in 1795, it's the Vicki/Peter stuff and Vicki's endless trial scenes).

The final weeks of Leviathan are memorable for that awful "Shadow" "special" effect.  Ah well.

G.

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