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MB, I know you're probably not going to watch this, but I have one word I must share:

MACRAME!!!

cheers, Gothick

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I'm the same way, Gerard.  I've seen so many of these things now that what gives me real pleasure is the quality of the performances, how the story is told, whether the dialogue is of a superior calibre, etc. 

It takes a really devious inventive mind to surprise me.  Two movies where I was at least jolted were Carrie and The Crying Game (where the "big reveal" was less of a surprise than how the director chose to reveal it).  I thought I couldn't ever be shocked like that again but it happened a couple of years ago when I saw the 1989 film The Woman in Black (recently re-made by a coalition of production companies including a revived aegis of Hammer studios).  A friend told me that there was no attempt in the remake to re-stage the shocking scene in the 1989 version.  Which was probably just as well.

cheers, G.

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I checked McDonnell's own IMDB page the other day and DS 2012 is no longer listed among his credits.  Interestingly, he did do a movie called The Occult that's due for release next year.

I figured that he probably had just filmed a couple of scenes that might have been seen briefly in a montage type sequence about Barnabas's early life, but it would seem that his scenes wound up cut altogether.

As actors are well aware, this kind of thing happens all the time--an example that comes to mind is Barbara Steele's scenes in a movie called I never promised you a rose garden being cut.  And in the case of Grayson, only two of the four scenes that she filmed for End of the road made it into the final film.  Unfortunately, the scene that motivated Grayson to do the project was not among what was kept.

G.


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I believe it was shown on UK Sci Fi at some point in the 1990s.  In one of Nancy Barrett's cabaret performances, she did some patter about being in London and how DS was on at 3 a.m. to accommodate the viewing habits of the vampires!

I wonder whether house or Night of DS were released in the UK.  I was just thinking about it and realized I have seen promotional materials for the films for a number of countries, but none for the UK.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '12 I / Re: DS fan film
« on: May 03, 2012, 10:31:03 PM »
What fun!

G.

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Interesting to see that an official UK issue of DS has finally happened.  A 3 disc set was released on April 30.  I have no idea whether further discs will be issued.  The series has already received a glowing review from a knowledgeable fan on Amazon UK.  It will be interesting to see a review of this specific release:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dark-Shadows-Original-Barnabas-Episodes/dp/B0077NF7AQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1336021777&sr=1-1

A number of vintage UK series from the 1960s and 1970s have been released in the past few years that have production values and styles similar to DS, so I could really see it taking off in the UK, provided it is marketed properly.

G.

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Yeah, michael.  those were the days, my friend!

Claude, perhaps we could rope in some of the other great day players as well.  Cavada Humphrey, Jane Draper, and Anita Sharp-Bolster could all play parts in the Julia's makeover scene. 

It's fascinating how some of New York's most "emphatic" actresses of the Sixties managed to appear on the show... remember Paula Laurence and "Aunt Hannah"?

I'm forgetting the name of the divine old dear who portrayed Grandmamama Edith in 1897...

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '12 I / Re: Photos to share
« on: May 01, 2012, 09:20:23 PM »
These are a hoot! Thanks for sharing.  I had never heard of the project.  Looks like great fun.

G.

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If 1967 Laura and Miss Hoffman had had a showdown, the uptilting of chins, elevation of eyebrows, curling of lips and flaring of nostrils would have been truly stratopheric...

And I weep to think of the possibilities if Lovey Powell and Grayson had been paired. Talk about lost opportunities.  DC wasn't around when Powell was on, so far as I recall (I think he was in England working on the Jack Palance Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde) which may have been part of why she was never brought back.

Somewhat off topic, I recently had the pleasure of viewing on Youtube an episode of "Shirley Temple Theater" from the early 1960s which had Jonathan Harris (Dr. Smith on Lost in Space) and Agnes Moorehead doing scenes together.  The archness was almost unbearably fab.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '12 I / Re: Happy Walpurgis night!
« on: May 01, 2012, 04:05:35 AM »
A blessed Walpurgis night and, for those who celebrate, Blessed Beltane to all.

G.

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Wow.  Talk about re-writing history. *shrug*

I wonder if a lot of this stuff will turn up in the making-of book that's supposed to be coming out, at some point?  Or did I hallucinate a remark about a book that would come out?  It was mentioned sometime last year, in the Summer I think...

G.

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Cool detail I noticed from watching the "Why have you done this to me" clip:

[spoiler]Angelique's boardroom has walls lined with portraits of herself, each one painted in a different historical epoch.  That's a pretty neat allusion to all the plot points that revolved around portraits over the years on DS.[/spoiler]

This movie definitely has fantastic art direction...

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '12 I / Re: brooklyn DS "tribute"
« on: April 29, 2012, 06:42:55 PM »
It really isn't a party without claret cup!  So much for standards!

I wonder whether any of the Goth chicks/lads were there sporting the new Orly DS cosmetics on face and nails?

G.

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I think it takes a certain temperament to appreciate the OS.  It is even more firmly rooted in Sixties culture than was Star Trek--the budget was much lower and it is much more theatrical, on every level.

I have a friend who likes a lot of the same movies and TV shows that I do, and he can't get into DS.  He always finds it "too slow."  He's only about six years younger than me.

I am rather curious as to what impact the new movie will have on the public's image of Barnabas.  To me at least he comes off as a goofy freak in the clips.  Frid's Barnabas was such a haunting figure of mystery... those eyes ... that voice.  There was this sense of an inner sorrow that could never find solace.  Even with the Ben Cross interpretation, there was this tragic sense of wounded dignity that fed his anger and, at times, arrogance.  In the original 1967 Barnabas narrative, in the Maggie kidnapping storyline, Barnabas really did seem hyper-insane in a number of those scenes where he was trying to harrow the girl into becoming "my Josette."  It was some of the scariest stuff ever seen on television IMO.

Depp's performance makes me think of inspired lunacy on the scale of Dieter from Sprockets on SNL.  I wrote to a friend yesterday that having seen the clips, it would seem that the entire movie had to be tilted towards the absurd in order to accommodate the craziness of Depp's take on Barnabas and, in a sense, provide a frame or a context for it.  Sort of the way you would redecorate a room in your house before hanging some really unusual painting in it. 

I do think that Pfeiffer does a fabulous job of provided a much needed counterpoint of realism that somehow helps to make what Depp does work, in the context of the movie--to judge from the scenes posted yesterday.

cheers, G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '12 I / Re: brooklyn DS "tribute"
« on: April 29, 2012, 04:59:32 PM »
Wow, KLS isn't just confused about the Sixties... now she's got David Selby bilocating in 2012!  Amazing.  The powers of royalty...

Thanks for the report about the event, michael.  Did the bar decor have any DS specific images or features for the evening or was it just standard goth-industrial?

Thanks for being our man on the spot!  At least you got a t-shirt!

cheers, G.

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