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Calendar Events / Announcements '10 II / Re: Happy Halloween!
« on: October 29, 2010, 05:38:19 AM »
Adorable!  Wonderful work!

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '10 II / Re: Dark Shadows & Lyndhurst
« on: October 27, 2010, 04:42:37 AM »
Interesting about the estate managers lobbying so hard to have Depp Shadows film on the grounds.  I well remember on my first visit to Lyndhurst, which took place, if I recall aright, in the mid 1980s, asking about the filming of the DS movies, and having the guide inform me--"oh, THAT was a disaster, and we'll never allow THAT to happen again!"

I guess changing economic circumstances have led to a dramatic change in policy... My impression of the attitude about the films in the 1980s wasn't that they were perceived as tacky horror movies, but that all the cameras, cords, equipment, etc. had put a lot of physical strain and potential damage on the property. 

Forget the Tower--I've always wanted to visit Julia's bedroom on the third floor!

G.

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Early birthday wishes to our beloved cousin down South!  A gentleman of true discrimination and worthy enthusiasms!

May your day be filled with wonderful treats!

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '10 II / Re: Top Ten Halloween Horrors!
« on: October 25, 2010, 02:21:14 AM »
Interesting list, and once again demonstrates the truth of the old saw that one man's trash is another man's treasure... some of those titles would go straight from the doorstep to the rubbish bin in my house.  

But that's just one of the many things that makes me such an enticing part of life's rich tapestry...

G.

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Nice blurb.  It makes me wonder whether there are fans who insist on addressing Frid as "Barnabas" when they meet him. There are some old radio interviews from those incessant phone-in shows that never seem to die (the popularity of the format escapes me) uploaded onto Youtube of the late, lamented Jonathan Harris.  Harris portrayed the infamous Dr. Zachary Smith on the cult sci-fi series Lost in Space in the Sixties.  In at least three of these old interviews, both the djs/emcees and the fans who phoned in kept addressing Harris as "Dr. Smith."  Harris playfully went along (and in a couple of cases allowed some really distasteful bantering insults to fly by in his own inimitiable style) but I can't imagine Frid being so accommodating.

G.

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Current Talk '10 II / Re: sometimes vicki's a pain in neck
« on: October 24, 2010, 04:36:15 AM »
I have to admit I love watching her give Blair the freeze, particularly since her character had so little backbone as a rule at that point.

Even more fabulous is seeing Miss Carolyn Stoddard frostily informing Blair, "We come from a very old family."

G.

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Happy Birthday Mark!  here's to a great guy, talented writer, and beautiful soul.

Many Blessings to you,

Steve

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Current Talk '10 II / Re: Today's Robservations Slideshow
« on: October 22, 2010, 02:45:16 AM »
The first image in the slideshow for episode 85 really captures the flavor of the early months of DS.  Liz is in the infamous roll-neck lime-green shroud, Carolyn has her hair up, and both women are absorbed in a heated discussion about the dating life of Miss Carolyn Stoddard and the not so minor peccadilloes thereof.

Just a marvelous moment that seems worthy of note.  Thanks for continuing this series, MB!

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: A New Slideshow Is Coming
« on: October 21, 2010, 03:39:12 AM »
I agree, MSC.  I thought the actual image of Carolyn and her featured line of dialogue beautifully evoked the strange mood of that episode.

Perfect Halloween viewing fare...

G.

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The table really is a ravishing little bibelot.  I love to think of her having coffee at it and relaxing.  She had such fabulous taste.

G.

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Current Talk '10 I / Re: Ned Stuart -- Touchy Feely Freak
« on: October 13, 2010, 04:47:35 AM »
MSC, according to a number of sources I have seen, Dan Curtis really liked Roger Davis as a person.  Davis was dating Jaclyn Smith who had been considered for a role on the series--I have wondered whether there was a connection as to how Davis found his way onto the DS set in the first place.  Apparently, Davis was considered something of a teen idol as well.  There was coverage in 16 and Tiger Beat, not on the same scale as Barnabas and Quentin received, but frequent nevertheless.

DS only escaped the curse of Roger Davis when he found his way onto the old West adventure series, Alias Smith and Jones.  Otherwise, DC had planned a storyline involving a Davis character showing up to be Maggie's new boyfriend in the Summer of 1970.  I've often wondered whether this talk wasn't part of what convinced KLS that she needed to get the hell outta Dodge--erm, Collinsport.

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: hoDS/NoDS DVD Release?
« on: October 12, 2010, 04:21:23 PM »
I wonder whether any Cousins out there remember Crowhaven Farm (1970), an ABC Movie of the Week starring Hope Lange, Paul Burke (from Valley of the Dolls), Cyril Delevanti (Night of the Iguana), Patricia Barry (also appeared in Boris Karloff's Thriller I believe) and the fabulous Virginia Gregg (brililiant in "Mr. George" from Thriller and also played the voice of Norman's Mother in Psycho!).  Thanks to the kindness of a friend who owns a VHS of the movie from an airing on some channel called "Plex" I got to see Crowhaven Farm again recently.  The style and presentation of the flashbacks of the Hope Lange character's past life in 17th century Brampton, Mass. strongly reminded me of Quentin's flashback experiences in NoDS.  I spotted a couple of other things that DC seems to have copied in Burnt Offerings a few years later.

It did make me wonder whether Sam and DC were watching closely when this movie aired in 1970... particularly given how fast they had to pull a fresh screenplay together when Frid turned down doing the DS feature film sequel late in '70 or early in '71 (I would guess that this came down when he walked off the set late in '70).

G.

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Very sad.  He sounds like such a creative fellow.

I hate drugs... how awful for his familly.

G.

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So, from all this I'm "speculating" that in the Depp Shadows version of the story, Barnabas pays Sam Evans to age Angelique's portrait so that she is the splitting image of Mother Angelica.  When Angelique looks at herself in the mirror, she is so horrified at what she sees that she drives to the Rockport Foundry and hurls herself inot the middle of the furnace.  In gratitude, the citizens of Collinsport sing and dance to the tune of "Ding dong the Witch-bitch is did."

As for the baboon, that's clearly a reference to an earlier storyline in Depp shadows where Julia injects Barnabas with a very large hypo which promptly turns him into a screaming, gibbering baboon.

Or am I on the wrong track here?

G.

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Current Talk '10 II / Re: Today's Robservations Slideshow
« on: September 30, 2010, 12:59:14 AM »
In tonight's new slide-show for Robservations, I love the first image for episode #69, and the first one for episode #330.  A gimlet-eyed Mrs Sarah Johnson hits the scene with a bang (did I miss her big scene in Sheriff Pat's office yesterday?) and Burke is understandably both delighted and maybe a little intimidated by this determined new ally.

The capture at the start of the four for episode 330 is a wonderful shot of Julia wearing THE coat--why on Earth she wasn't allowed to keep this one, and why they made her switch to that other nubby horror, has always mystified me.  (Of course I sometimes wonder whether Grayson simply walked home wearing this coat and conveniently forgot to bring it home--but I don't think that grey was her favorite color, judging from the candid snaps I've seen of what she wore on her way to and from the studio.)

I loved the image of Julia and Ben that figured in yesterday, or the day before's sequence from 1840. Julia looked just like a little girl at a party being told she couldn't have any ice cream when Ben was laying down the law about going anywhere near Barn's coffin.

G.

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