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I guess I'm pretty jaded... the first one did nothing for me and the second one made me giggle... briefly.

G.

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Current Talk '14 I / Re: PT 1970
« on: April 30, 2014, 04:32:06 PM »
Another great John Harkins portrayal, DarkLady!

cheers, G.

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Current Talk '14 I / Re: PT 1970
« on: April 30, 2014, 02:04:23 AM »
As I have posted many times, I am a big fan of PT 1970.  IMO all the DS storylines had their highs and lows.  I know most fans think of 1795 as the absolute high point of the series but, as I've often complained, the scenes of Vicki's trial and her romance with Peter just go on and on and I find it all... stupefying.  The trial sequences in 1840 were better handled, with better pacing and writing--I will give it that.

1968 is my personal favorite storyline but there are points where there is an awful lot of Adam whingeing away and threatening anyone present with extreme verbosity, and again, lots of Vicki and Jeff.  As far as I am concerned there are MANY strong points that redeem that storyline's occasional longueurs--among them the performances of Thayer David as Professor Stokes, Humbert Allen Astredo as Nicholas, Lara as Cassandra and the glamorous Marie Wallace as Eve, the most EEE-vil woman that ever lived.  Anytime Grayson is onscreen with one of the aforementioned, it all gets kicked up an extra notch of fabulosity.

I know a lot of people think the Petofi storyline went on too long in 1897, but I personally love every moment of it.

In PT 1970, some of it is rather contrived or poorly written.  My favorite guest players are Paula Laurence and the phenomenal John Harkins, with extra marks for Colin Hamilton as the Inspector.  Favorite performances:  Grayson as the ruthless, icy Hoffman; Louis as the twisted Roger; Lara as Angelexis; Karlen as Will Loomis, alcoholic writer; Thayer as Tim Stokes, occultist and mad scientist.  Nancy's work as Carolyn Loomis may have been the most sophisticated acting EVER seen on the series, bar none.  Her work along with Grayson and Thayer's are to me among the ne plus ultra high points of the entire run.

G.


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Current Talk '14 I / Re: Vicky's Fate
« on: April 29, 2014, 01:35:45 AM »
that whole couple weeks of the show was just plain whacked.  I always thought DC was too busy getting the film ready for production to pay attention to the plotting of the day series, frankly.

But who knows... It's very sad given how incredibly good the first six or seven weeks of Leviathans was.  But of course none of the fans would accept an "evil Barnabas" and demanded the storyline be terminated... an early instance of fannish pressure on the direction of a series production...

G.

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Current Talk '14 I / Re: Vicky's Fate
« on: April 28, 2014, 02:50:42 PM »
Hi Joey,  in some markets, I think the final syndication package did include the end of Leviathan, but I'm not sure.

In the fandom community of the 1980s, fans circulated information about the complete series via zines and newsletters and towards the end of the decade, BBS forums.  Some fans had kept notes (and tape recordings, as I'm sure you know) of every episode and topics such as Vicky's fate were routinely discussed and, for those who had forgotten or never saw the episodes, they had the opportunity to learn about it.

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: And Even Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: April 28, 2014, 12:58:23 PM »
Very cool stuff, MB.  Thanks for all of this.

Willie is really quite the dork, isn't he?  The knock knock joke was IN the completed pilot?  Sheesh.

G.

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Current Talk '14 I / Re: The Old Series That Ran From '66-'71
« on: April 26, 2014, 07:06:25 PM »
Welcome to the board.  I am only a big fan of the "old series" but I do take an interest in the various remakes.  The current thread on the 2004 pilot is fascinating (to me at least).

Love to hear your thoughts about any topic from the original series.

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: And Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: April 22, 2014, 11:05:27 PM »
Today's image and caption are a real scream.  I totally don't recall "Barnabas Collins III" from my one viewing but that's hardly surprising. 

I find myself thinking of Thurston Howell III and Depp playing the role ten years down the line in panda eye and clown white makeup...lol!

G.

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My Witchy friends are raving about this show on FB tonight.  The buzz easily equals the response to both "Coven" and SLEEPY HOLLOW.

Whether that buzz can be sustained of course is another question...

G.

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Current Talk '14 I / Re: The Johnny Depp Problem
« on: April 21, 2014, 05:56:12 PM »
Glorioski.  I had no idea that current "movie math" dictates that a film must surpass earning twice the amount it cost before the suits will consider that they are seeing a profit on it.

DS as a "horror soap opera"--cringe.

G.

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Some might want to collect the tapes for the box art.  The "collector's" series (the pre-Barnabas shows) had particularly nice photos on the boxes. Some of the regular series did look a bit tacky with that weird colorized effect they kept using. 

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '14 I / Re: OT: Le Alig (Michael Alig)
« on: April 17, 2014, 01:52:55 AM »
That's hysterical about Alig being a Shadows fan. I'd never heard that.  I watched Party Monster once and although it was a well made film of its kind, I have no inclination to ever see it again.

I'm actually old enough to recall reading mentions of Alig in Michael Musto's Village Voice column, La Dolce Musto, back in the 1980s... the era of the "club kids."

G

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It looks so schlocky... not a hint of the atmosphere that made the 1968 film so memorable... I see the role of Minnie Castevets has been rewritten as Margaux and a French actress cast... She's a year older than me so middle aged and no doubt much more glam than the funky yet frightening persona the immortal Ruth Gordon projected...

G.

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Folks, I just learned from a post on another forum that our own beloved Penny Dreadful's handsome, wolfy partner, the delightful Magoo "Garou" Gelehrter, is battling cancer.  An updated health bulletin was recently posted by Magoo here; I'm sure prayers and good wishes would be very welcome.

http://www.gofundme.com/5wdoy8

Wishing Penny and Magoo safe smooth healing and better times!

Sincerely,

Gothick

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Calendar Events / Announcements '14 I / OT: The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
« on: April 12, 2014, 11:56:53 PM »
Fans,

It's often discussed how the popularity of DS was in part related to the widespread interest in the occult and the supernatural during the period of the late 1960s and early 1970s.  I just watched the premiere episode of THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR (which I actually don't recall having seen before--I'm not sure, but this might have been an unaired pilot):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVRh4AZBl0A

There were elements here that made me think of DS, notably the Captain's portrait, the frequent storms, the seaside cottage, and even the fact that the little boy is the first person (apart from his own descendant) to have contact with the ghost.

For those who never got to see this, I thought it might be worth having a look.

G.

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