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Calendar Events / Announcements '13 I / Re: Dracula Movies
« on: April 30, 2013, 02:50:34 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, 02:42:15 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, 03:43:49 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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Calendar Events / Announcements '13 I / Re: DR. MABUSE
« on: April 29, 2013, 09:09:19 PM »
Thanks, Joe, I just sent you a message & a Friend Request on F-b-k.  My handle there is "Shimmer Leaf."

Hope to be able to see the video.  I had hoped to see fan reviews of the weekend but perhaps nobody who posts here besides yourself attended?

Best, Gothick

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Calendar Events / Announcements '13 I / Re: Dracula Movies
« on: April 28, 2013, 03:51:00 AM »
The Hammer films had a huge impact upon the art direction of DS, particularly after the series went to color, so it seems odd to me to find fans of the series who don't like the Hammer product.  Hammer's Horror of Dracula in 1958 was the first vampire film to show a vampire baring his fangs (first seen in a shock close-up of Christopher Lee that is one of the most iconic moments in the history of horror cinema).  Hammer also devised a style of Gothic horror drenched in lurid color that had a definite influence on certain sequences on DS.

One of my personal favorite Hammers if "The Gorgon" from 1964 with Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, and Barbara Shelley.  It's just so atmospheric and beautifully shot, with some really unforgettable images.  A lot of fans diss the actual Gorgon FX but I think they're missing the point.  The story is supposed to be about mythic poetry, not literalism.  But I'll spare you all that particular rant.  I do find myself thinking about how interesting it might have been had DS done a gorgon story.  One was actually done for the Innovation comics inspired by the 1990/91 NBC series.

G.

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Testing. 1, 2, 3... / Re: !!**Database Error**!!
« on: April 28, 2013, 03:43:08 AM »
Good luck!  I got a weird error message about an hour ago when I tried to access the Boards.  I'm guessing it must have had something to do with this epiphenomenon.

I have said it before, MB, but I really appreciate all the time and effort you and Midnite put into keeping this space going.

Best, G.

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According to the Facebook page for the show, this episode is available for free streaming on the AMC website, I think through next Tuesday or so.

G.

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Current Talk '13 I / Re: Who Watches Orig. Series....
« on: April 25, 2013, 02:11:20 AM »
Hi MB, I almost wonder if DS was a victim of its own success on Netflix.  There were a lot of reports of the discs breaking--this was back before streaming became as common as it is now.  I think if they want to stream they have to go through WorldVision and the cost of their rates are up the wazoo. 

I think in general Netflix doesn't work all that well with cult TV shows.  I don't know how it is with Star Trek--from what I understand, those are being streamed all over the place now, though.

G.

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Gerard, your story made me think of the time on DS when David and Hallie made their own Barnabas doll, I think out of a clothespin and a bit of fabric, and put it inside Rose Cottage.  Remember that?

I'm not into the figures but I feel sorry for those who were looking forward to collecting them.  I have to say that in terms of modern toys, something retailing at $20 is barely above the level of a plastic decal, so I'm not surprised to read that the result looked very cheap.

I realize that $20 is a nice chunk of change for some of us, but in terms of the collectors market, I think it's close to bargain-basement.

G.

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Current Talk '13 I / Re: Who Watches Orig. Series....
« on: April 24, 2013, 09:01:17 PM »
Thankfully, I do not watch via Netflix.  I actually haven't watched the show regularly in a very long time. I have all the discs and I tell myself that when I retire, I will finally watch the whole thing from episode one to the end (which I never have done, ever).  This of course is presuming that the discs will play on whatever is available to the typical citizen by the time I retire (if THAT ever happens).

Episode 160 could mean the *actual* 160, or 160 counting forward from Barn's release (which was really episode 207? somewhere around there).  But I don't think anyone now is using the old "let's count Barn's release as episode 1" numbering system.

G.

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Cool!  I wonder how old he is.  Was she playing Sci Fi broadcasts for him, or videotapes, or is he old enough to have been around to watch it back in the Sixties?

G.


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Current Talk '13 I / Re: Disturbing DS Episodes
« on: April 23, 2013, 06:49:07 PM »
I found some of the episodes where Barnabas has Maggie prisoner in the Old House and is trying to brainwash her into being his "new Josette" to be among the creepiest, skin-crawlingly disturbing things ever done on the series.  It's the period where Frid was basically walking off a cliff every day with feeling overwhelmed with the pace of it all and the nervousness kicks up this disturbingly realistic look of mingled craving and hysteria in Barnabas' eyes in some of his scenes with her.

Later on when she finally escapes and he hasn't realized it yet, he's going down to kill her and he's soliloquizing "I could have loved you... but now you must die!" and through the melodrama there's a vein of sick psychodrama that's chilling.

Later on they repeated the Maggie kidnapping a couple of times, notably with Pennock in his Yeagar persona, and even when Yeagar was obsessively licking Maggie's jewelry it wasn't as disturbing as the original Barnabas scenario in 1967.

G.

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The cruise isn't until October.  There has been more reporting about the San Diego thing because it is coming right up now.

I would presume, pace the cruise, that they would need to have a minimum number of bookings in place by x date to make it feasible.  If they fail to garner that minimum, presumably we just won't hear anymore about the cruise.  (I don't know any of this for a fact--it is speculation on my part.)

Best, G.

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