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Fans,

Dana Elcar, to me the most solid of all the actors who played Sheriff Patterson on DS, appears as a cigar smoking lawyer in this episode of the early 1970s ESP-themed series starring Gary Collins, "The Sixth Sense":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61aztzDf7A0

The episode is of note for DS fans as well, at least from this fan's perspective, thanks to Chloris Leachman's iconic performance as the troubled mother of the girl under psychic fire in this story.

Watching Leachman in this, I thought, not for the first time, how superb an asset she would have been to the DS cast. 

This episode is one of over twenty that a 21 year old fan of this series (which was running on the "Chiller" network for awhile) has uploaded to Youtube.  I was a very faithful viewer of "The Sixth Sense" during the original run.A number of the stories are reminiscent of both DS and the early Seventies "ABC Movie of the Week" stories with supernatural themes that always seemed as if they were made for the DS audience that had been cast adrift with the cancellation back in '71.

G.

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Current Talk '12 I / Re: Episode #451 blooper restored
« on: May 13, 2012, 03:04:08 AM »
Glad to hear you have been enjoying it! 

Several of us here have a special enjoyment and appreciation of the "pre-Barnabas" period.  It's frustrating to see the hoary old chestnut repeated in some of the recent press around the movie implying that the series was tanking in the ratings until they unveiled Barnabas.  Some of us think that in some ways the series reached its artistic height with the original 1966-67 Laura Collins storyline.  (And then, there are the devotees, respectively, of the "bleeder valve" storyline, and ... indubitably ... THE PEN!)

Welcome again,

G.

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Current Talk '23 I / Re: Depp/Burton DARK SHADOWS Is In Release!!
« on: May 12, 2012, 08:20:40 PM »
I just hope the movie does well enough to prompt whoever in the WB labyrinth is sitting on the decision to greenlight the 1970-71 feature films DVD release/restoration to move things along and give us a firm date for the release! (bearing in mind Darren's note that next year, on balance, would be better than this year).

cheers, G.

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Current Talk '23 I / Re: Depp/Burton DARK SHADOWS Is In Release!!
« on: May 12, 2012, 07:22:05 PM »
An IMDB analysis posted sometime today (Sat.) predicts the Burton/Depp Shadows will "be lucky" to gross $30 million over the weekend.  The blurb cites the movie's total budget as $125 million which is almost twice the figure I had seen some months back of $65 million.

http://www.imdb.com/news/ni28032740/

G.

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Current Talk '23 I / Re: Depp/Burton DARK SHADOWS Is In Release!!
« on: May 12, 2012, 01:07:18 AM »
MB's inaugural post said "don't read here unless you have already seen the film."  Or don't care about spoilers (which is the case with myself--still don't know when/if I am going to bother sitting through this thing).

G.

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Current Talk '12 I / Re: Episode #451 blooper restored
« on: May 12, 2012, 01:01:13 AM »
That's very good, Bill Malloy's Ghost!  Did you start with the introduction of Barnabas, or episode 1?

Welcome to our funhouse!

G. (a viewer since June 1968)

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Current Talk '23 I / Re: Depp/Burton DARK SHADOWS Is In Release!!
« on: May 11, 2012, 09:38:36 PM »
A friend of mine who was a fan in the Sixties actually left the theatre in the middle of the movie today.

I did try to warn him what to expect.  It is interesting how some people are having really extreme reactions to the experience.

G.

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Current Talk '23 I / Re: Depp/Burton DARK SHADOWS Is In Release!!
« on: May 11, 2012, 08:17:04 PM »
LOL, DarkLady!

cheers,

Gothick

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Current Talk '23 I / Re: Depp/Burton DARK SHADOWS Is In Release!!
« on: May 11, 2012, 05:50:59 PM »
Just thought I would mention that the movie garnered a rave review from the New York Times today.

Maybe it's East Coast snobbery at work, but I think that's an exceptional enough event to deserve notice.

We don't seem to be linking reviews here so I will forebear, and I read it in the PAPER version anyway, not the website--yes, some of us are antediluvian enough to still read actual newspapers.

shuffling back off to the elephants graveyard,

G.

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Current Talk '23 I / Re: Depp/Burton DARK SHADOWS Is In Release!!
« on: May 11, 2012, 05:19:30 PM »
Penny, thanks for that delicious review.  "A hot mess!"  I love it!

Best,

Uncle Gothick

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Current Talk '23 I / Re: Depp/Burton DARK SHADOWS Is In Release!!
« on: May 11, 2012, 03:45:13 PM »
He mentions specifically a subplot involving David and Barnabas being cut already by the time he was shown a workprint.

The curse of Dark Shadows:  an elaborate narrative is constructed; studio suits bark "cut it down, boys!" the feckless auteurs scamper to obey, and the result is a hash.

Sound familiar?

G.

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Current Talk '12 I / Re: Episode #451 blooper restored
« on: May 11, 2012, 02:46:35 PM »
I really wish ALL the cuts from those first 7 or 8 volumes had been restored.  I don't think MPI wants to pay for that, though.

G.

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Current Talk '23 I / Re: Depp/Burton DARK SHADOWS Is In Release!!
« on: May 11, 2012, 12:50:24 PM »
Amanda, just a line to say that I found your review utterly fascinating!  and not just because you quote me, lol. 

Ben and Taeylor and others, I look forward to reading your reviews soon!

Best, G.

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Current Talk '23 I / Re: Depp/Burton DARK SHADOWS Is In Release!!
« on: May 11, 2012, 04:58:30 AM »
Danger Will Robinson!  that particular review is more spoiler-laden than most I've seen to date.

For those who are going out to see it tonight, happy haunting!

G.

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So cool!  Luv the "mystery photo."  (It was taken not far from my workplace.)

G.

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