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Calendar Events / Announcements '21 I / OT: MISS LESLIE'S DOLLS (1972)
« on: February 16, 2020, 10:31:29 PM »
For various reasons, this truly obscure ultra-low budget exploitation film from 1972 kept making me think of DS. After about 15 minutes, I found myself wondering if the working title for the movie had been something like The Reincarnation of Leona Eltridge:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4Q5TAAxMm0&t=6s

It says somewhere that at least one of the actors appeared in a Russ Meyers film, so it's not surprising that there is some female nudity involved. The script makes references to, or simply steals from, such earlier films as House of Wax, Psycho, and numerous "hot co-ed" features of the era.

Most of the performers seem to be reciting lines off cue-cards which in itself gives a certain familiar vibe, but "Miss Leslie'"s performance had moments of genuine pathos. Really insane, off-the-wall pathos. Again, let's call it the Collinwood effect.

cheers, G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '21 I / Re: Lovelady Powell 1930 - 2020
« on: February 14, 2020, 05:40:52 PM »
May her spirit know peace. Wish they'd brought the character back for some more shows.

There's been speculation that she was the original casting for Julia... it's based on a very tenuous supposition, but is interesting to think about.

G.

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I remember back around 20 years ago two different people who were responsible adults being completely unaware that the old LPs of Donovan and the Beatles had been released on CD and had been available for years. They were quite surprised to learn about this when I told them.

I'm definitely out of the loop about a lot of current tech so I do feel sympathy for the woman. One of my recurrent nightmares is winding up having to stay somewhere where I have to talk to "Alexa" to get the lights to come on or to find my music for me. I know a lot of people like the convenience but the whole idea of this just seems like Hell on wheels to me.

cheers, G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Innovation's '91 DS Comic, Book 3
« on: February 10, 2020, 01:21:04 PM »
I don't think DS Resurrected ever had a DVD release, which is a shame for fans of the 1991 series. There was some very cool material on it. Maybe it's available online somewhere.

cheers, G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Fanpop: Dark Shadows cast
« on: February 09, 2020, 02:53:16 AM »
That's a really nice photo of Diana at the studio, presumably in 1967. Never saw that one.

The shot of Hugh Franklin with James Hall looks like a shot from a stage play. Very cool!

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Depp/Burton DARK SHADOWS Is In Release!!
« on: February 06, 2020, 05:12:01 AM »
Interesting video made by a Depp Shadows fan back in May of 2012:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2RPcrBmwVw

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Innovation's '91 DS Comic, Book 3
« on: February 04, 2020, 04:52:26 AM »
Granted I haven't been paying much attention to any of this, I somehow thought these were set during the period of time after Woodward's death and "transformation" at the hands of Barnabas, and subsequent destruction.

Terrible dialogue, awful art.

G.

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I thought both series were dire. My only encounters of either was when I was home on visits from college since I did not own a TV set in my dorm room (or my own place when I finally got one).

I guess next will be a re-boot of Love Boat as something really horrific, like delegates to the Republican National Convention having a pre-convention cruise. Yikes.

G.

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I never really watched Fantasy Island, but I think Ricardo Montalban's host character was named Mr. Rourke (or "Roarke").

G.

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Fans,

In the wake of the Banana Splits being "re-booted" as a slasher thriller, apparently Fantasy Island is now a big budget feature film from some outfit called Blumhouse, re-configured as a horror mystery adventure. The blurb:

The enigmatic Mr Roarke makes the secret dreams of his lucky guests come true at a luxurious but remote tropical resort, but when the fantasies turn into nightmares, the guests have to solve the island's mystery in order to escape with their lives.

It sounds more like the old ABC Movie of the Week Haunts of the Very Rich, which in turn was kind of a horror update of the old play and film, Outward Bound.

It seems ironic that these old shows have been re-booted as horror, while DS was rebooted by Burton-Depp as comedy; go figure.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '21 I / Re: RIP, John Karlen
« on: January 24, 2020, 09:50:15 PM »
May his spirit fly free. And may those he left behind be comforted.

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Innovation's '91 DS Comic, Book 3
« on: January 24, 2020, 09:35:10 PM »
Today's caption is a scream. I'm imagining Julia wearing a leather bomber jacket, the dark glasses and carrying a large Uzi... her next line is "Make... my .... DAY!"

I can definitely see why this publishing company folded.

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Innovation's '91 DS Comic, Book 3
« on: January 21, 2020, 07:57:36 PM »
Thanks, MB. I don't recall that scene at all.

Those cliffs really scream California...

cheers, G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Miss Hoffman and the "Blood of Dracula"
« on: January 21, 2020, 02:25:51 AM »
Last night's late movie was BLOOD OF DRACULA (1957) which should have been titled I WAS A TEENAGE VAMPIRE... set in an exclusive girls' school. Among the faculty is Miss Branding (Louise Lewis), who is "experimenting" to prove the existence of a "terrible power" within each human that would make the pursuit of atomic bombs an irrelevance. Miss Branding, whose experiments involve hypnosis using an elaborately carved medallion which came from a "legendary" region of the Carpathian mountains, seemed quite reminiscent of a certain obsessed lady doctor who debuted on Dark Shadows ten years after this film was released, in the Summer of 1967. I should stress that Miss Branding seemed to foreshadow the original concept of Julia Hoffman--which altered considerably thanks to the genius and popularity of Grayson Hall in the role. The frustrated, coded-as-lesbian scientist in the 1957 film did not meet so kindly a fate.

Complete film here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MN-37tFJcNQ&t=1s

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Innovation's '91 DS Comic, Book 3
« on: January 21, 2020, 01:28:13 AM »
How odd. Today's illustration from the comic book looks as if it could have been used by Burton as a storyboard for a sequence in his DS movie.

G.

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