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Current Talk '21 I / Re: And Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: May 08, 2013, 08:59:37 PM »
It's too bad this scene, and anything else involving Pfeiffer and HBC, hasn't been made more widely available.

I do not mean to be unkind, but ANY scene without Depp and Green in that film is automatically more interesting and nuanced than scenes with one, the other or both of the terror tots--something about them just seemed to push Burton to go not just over the top, but, in the words of the much lamented Ralph Kramden, "To the Moon, Alice!"

G.

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Lydia, I'm dying here!

Thanks for the laugh.

G.

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Oh Gawd.  Parker's writing a Vicki Winters backstory?  Ugh. 

*headdesk*

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '13 I / Re: OT<Tooting My Own Horn
« on: May 06, 2013, 10:59:01 PM »
Congratulations!  Onwards and upwards!

Best, Gotheeeeeeek (I scream whenever academic work in the fields of medicine, law, business or statistics is mentioned)

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Calendar Events / Announcements '13 I / Re: DR. MABUSE
« on: May 06, 2013, 09:07:37 PM »
Thanks for clearing that up, Midnite.

Am I the only person who's taken aback, though, by the new announcement (presumably the source of the rumor) that the Festival is doing ANOTHER Tarrytown event next year?

I love Lyndhurst and the related sites, but the area is so pedestrian un-friendly--I just feel zero interest in going out there again with all the transpo hassles.  Maybe I'm in a tiny minority with that among DS fans, though.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '13 I / Re: DR. MABUSE
« on: May 01, 2013, 06:13:20 PM »
Oh, dear god.  No wonder he seemed to have such a "what the hell" attitude about it all...

thanks!

Steve

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Current Talk '13 I / Re: NoDS
« on: May 01, 2013, 04:07:35 PM »
Oh No!  I think I do have it, but it's buried in a folder in a box in the basement.  I have been going through those, believe it or not, so if it surfaces, I will send you a copy!  It really was very good... I'm sorry it got lost in the shuffle!

hugs, G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '13 I / Re: DR. MABUSE
« on: May 01, 2013, 04:05:20 PM »
Intriguing footage.  It seems that another film project involving Chris Pennock is afoot. I think this may have been announced, but if so, I have forgotten the details.  My short term memory grows ever more sieve-like with each passing day.

The scenes of Lara and KLS working their tables and signing, etc. were all very familiar, and I saw several familiar faces in the group.  The event looked and sounded to have been well attended.

I don't know if it is appropriate to mention it here, but I have heard that there is talk of Pierson giving the Summer Tarrytown event the official "DS Festival" imprimatur.  Hopefully if that is the case, it will be clarified in a Shadowgram announcement.

Best,  G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '13 I / Re: Dracula Movies
« on: April 30, 2013, 06:39:22 PM »
Willie Loomis, I have never seen either of the Blacula films.  I wonder if I'm confused and Ketty Lester (I think I wrote Wells by mistake in the previous post) actually appeared in one of these.  William Marshall was such a great actor and I am surprised in retrospect that he committed to these, but perhaps they're better than I have presumed sight unseen.

I love the vampire segment in "House that dripped blood."  It's such a cool pastiche on the conventions of the genre and the pairing of Jon Pertwee and Ingrid Pitt makes it such fun.

In terms of more recent films, there are tons I haven't seen--the Blade films come to mind, and so does a John Carpenter film that was supposed to be gore soaked.  I am emphatically not a gorehound so when I hear something is generous in that department, I stay away.  One 1990s film that I did see in the genre was the Coppola version of Dracula which relied heavily upon the Dan Curtis adaptation of the Barnabas and Josette narrative onto the Dracula material.  I did think that was beautifully filmed, with a great performance by Gary Oldman, but the FX just seemed excessive to me--the relentless showboating of FX made it hard for me to take seriously as a story.  Another one I have wanted to see is titled, I think, Shadow of the Vampire, and is set around the filming of Nosferatu, apparently heavily fictionalized.  I read a great novel with this topic some years back.

Best,  G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '13 I / Re: Dracula Movies
« on: April 30, 2013, 03:50:34 PM »
The first Yorga film is done in a very rough-and-ready way--it almost looks like a student film.  Robert Quarry as Count Yorga has moments that I personally find very reminiscent of Barnabas, and there's even a scene where the two vampire hunters visit the Count in his elegant drawing room that make me think of the original 1967 DS.  Some of the "actresses" in the film came from the soft-core porn industry but they are effectively used in the film's often bare-bones approach to horror.  There's one scene involving a female victim of the Count's and a kitty that I personally find really disgusting, stomach-churningly so, but it does hearken back to the Renfield sections of the original Dracula novel.

I still haven't seen the second Yorga film, but I have been told that it had a bigger budget and a glossier look.  I have seen a clip with this eerie scene of Robert Quarry sort of floating down a hallway with fangs bared.  I think this is also the one in which Ketty Wells, the legendary Sixties vocalist (who recorded the hit "Love letters") has a minor role--I hadn't known she was an actress.

For afficionados of Seventies camp and kitsch, Deathmaster is worth checking out.  It may also be on Youtube.  Quarry had to wear a big old hippie-wig in it and was made up to look like Charles Manson.  He runs a hippie vampire cult and everybody runs around in an old Victorian house in Malibu, or someplace.  I have vague memories of trying to watch it on the CBS Late Movies back in the mid 70s and just finding it all too ridiculous. Now it might be a bit of fun.  I wonder if Tim Burton is a fan of Deathmaster since the hippie stuff in Depp Shadows seems partly to allude to this.

G.

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Current Talk '13 I / Re: NoDS
« on: April 30, 2013, 03:42:15 PM »
Nicky might not like it that I am bringing this up, but many years ago he wrote a brilliant fanfic about Carlotta's arrival at Collinwood, after the events of hoDS, when Mrs. Stoddard was still living at the estate.

I won't reveal anymore of what he came up with, but I thought it was really quite brilliant.  After reading his tale, I found myself much more comfortable thinking of NoDS as a somewhat perverse sequel to hoDS.  I'll admit that taken in and of themselves, the two films are for all intents and purposes stand-alone stories.  Of course, the NoDS trailers, which we all saw before the movie played way back when, had a would-be ominous voiceover that began:  "Come back to Collinwood... that HOUSE of Dark Shadows..."  So, regardless of the reality of the release, the second film was *promoted* as a sequel to the first.

Mention of the use of Shadows of the Night was made above. One of the frustrations to me is that in the film as we have it, the scene that actually explains why Quentin keeps hearing that particular snippet of music in his mind has been cut---and it would have been one of the best scenes in the entire movie!  Ah well...

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '13 I / Re: DR. MABUSE
« on: April 30, 2013, 04:43:49 AM »
Thanks for that review, Prof. Stokes.  I would like to see the film but it sounds as if it may go direct to DVD after a couple of special showings such as the one you attended.

G.

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Dom, you have a great eye!

The legendary Delphine Seyrig also appears, in a scene set in a cemetery with a mock funeral supposedly staging "the death of fashion."  Unfortunately Grayson for some reason was not included in that scene, even though one can imagine how perfect it would have been to have had her declaiming some iconic phrases over the ultra chic "corpse." 

As many of us know, Delphine went on to appear in the Belgian horror film Daughters of Darkness opposite our very own John Karlen in 1970.

Delphine and Grayson probably did know one another--Delphine spent time in the Fifties and Sixties living in Greenwich Village doing avant garde theatre and hanging out with the Beats (and appearing in the early Beat film from 1958, Pull my daisy).

G.

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Footage and dialogue from Grayson's role in the 1966 film Who are you, Polly Magoo? is woven into this music video from Cosmicolor, Magnifigue:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNgOZ6Pizqg

I love the shots of Grayson speaking French on the telephone and... well, really, ALL of it.

Off to collapse on my fainting couch,

G.

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