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Calendar Events / Announcements '09 II / Re: Happy Birthday to marcos1
« on: October 23, 2009, 08:41:22 PM »
Happy birthday indeed to an exceptionally nice guy.

cheers, Gothick

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Current Talk '23 I / Re: Another New Slideshow
« on: October 23, 2009, 01:58:57 PM »
Hi Lydia,

He was born David Thayer Hersey.  Someone who seems to have known him personally or received personal info (perhaps from a family member?) has written a marvelous short biography of him on the IMDB page for him.  I highly recommend it.  I have long wanted to write a short chapbook about Thayer, and I have lived for some years now in his home town of Medford, Mass., but never been able to track down any members of his family.

There are lots of people with the surname Thayer in the Boston area, and there's even a Thayer Street in Providence.  It's a "big" name out here.

And boy, am I ever loving today's shot of Thayer at his most icy and formidable!

G.

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Current Talk '23 I / Re: Another New Slideshow
« on: October 21, 2009, 11:24:21 PM »
MB, I absolutely agree re Thayer David in NoDS.  I adore Jerry Lacy but Thayer's Rev. Strack characterization is one of his most vivid portrayals!

G.

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Current Talk '23 I / Re: Another New Slideshow
« on: October 21, 2009, 02:48:51 PM »
I agree with Philippe--this is a marvelous image, and so gorgeously painterly.  It really is like getting a look at a vanished era (which 1971 is just as much as 1810, at this point in time).  I think it also captures Pennock's moments of intensity (I wish there were a way for him to see this image) in a brilliant way--and of course, Thayer's earthy rootedness in his character (much better than the likes of Rev. Strack deserved!  I wonder where Lacy was at this time, btw?  seems as if Sam must have written this part for him originally).

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '09 II / Re: TV Vampire Stakedown
« on: October 20, 2009, 11:46:24 PM »
A few days ago, I read an interview with the guy who plays "Bill" and he expressed interest in doing a sex scene with "Eric Northman" in that show.

I haven't seen it, but if they went THAT route, I just might have to tune in.

Just the fact that Barnabas is in this poll at all is a big surprise, given the fabulous TV vampires who failed to make the, uh, cut (or were edged out by puppets or cartoon characters).  I'm still very surprised at just how much awareness of DS in general there is in the mass media these days.

G.

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Fans of Strange Paradise might enjoy checking out this site:

http://www.maljardin.com

It's maintained by another fan of the series (a friend of both Bryan's and myself) and the guy has provided some really interesting and fun historical features and rare photographs on his site.  Good stuff!

cheers,

G.

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Since these two compilations clearly show that MPI are looking for new DS product, I wonder whether they would ever consider doing separate "salute to" discs for various DS stars.  I found myself fantasizing about a "Salute to Clarice Blackburn" disc that would include clips from some of her more obscure work in addition to favorite DS clips such as Mrs J telling Davey, "the Sheriff knows that when the whistle blows, it's time for lunch!"

Of course I'm thinking like a fool because the market reality is that only a very small number of people would be interested in a "Salute to Clarice Blackburn" DVD.  But perhaps they'd buy discs in which Lara or KLS host selections of their own clips, perhaps chosen by the fans in a way similar to what Jonathan Frid set up on his own site.

I personally would find this kind of thing more interesting than compilations of specific storylines...

cheer, G.

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Wow, Midnite, you're a genius! I think that just may be it!

I'll grab it off one of the vendors offering it on various venues and report back...

Happy Halloween!

G.

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Current Talk '23 I / Re: A New Slideshow Is Coming
« on: October 18, 2009, 12:33:58 AM »
Love today's snap of Mrs J and Burke.  Those 1966 episodes were some of the best in the series, and it's always a delight to see Clarice here.

Thanks,

G.

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For many years, I have tried to remember the name of this novel I read around 1970 that seemed as if it was meant to be at least in part an artfully handled send-up of Dark Shadows.  The familiar plot involves a young governess coming to live with a family (in New England? I'm vague on just where the book was set) in a gloomy old mansion.  The family proves to be very odd and members include a "courtly" vampire uncle who is cleverly said to rise from his coffin most days around 4 in the afternoon (the air time during the latter four years of DS in most areas of the US).  I think there was also a werewolf, and a very Quentin-like fellow named Damion who the heroine winds up wedding at the finale.

I've tried a number of authors over the years but never was able to find it.  If this rings a bell for any of the readers of this thread, I would really appreciate it if you could supply full bibliographic details of this novel--would love to read it again!

cheers, Gothick

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Current Talk '09 II / Re: Discuss - Ep #0857
« on: October 16, 2009, 10:23:10 PM »
Dear God!  Wanda Paisley.  Supernatural horror on DS at its finest.

The wig on that skull is truly priceless...

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '09 II / Re: TV Vampire Stakedown
« on: October 15, 2009, 11:22:07 PM »
I don't have time to register on the site and vote in the poll, but I'm shocked that Nick Knight from Forever Knight was overlooked.  And overlooked in favor of some characters that weren't even vampires!

As far as I'm concerned, Barnabas wins among that lot with one onyx-ringed hand tied behind his back...

G.

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Current Talk '23 I / Grayson Fiercely Rules
« on: October 13, 2009, 10:44:49 PM »
Dear Fans,

back from a lovely weekend awash in vivid fall colors up in Ontario--and who greets me upon my return but none other than Carlotta Drake at her most fervently FIERCE.  If I recall correctly, the gown Grayson wears in this scene really flatters her complexion, which I believe in somebody's taxonomy of physical "types" is actually described as "autumn."

Really special to be greeted by the sight of my special DS Goddess upon my return here!  I love the snap of Roger-the-Zombie, which has a distinctly Ed Wood look to it, too.

cheers, G.

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Golly, Zahir, how on Earth did I forget Dracula's Daughter??  I've loved that movie since childhood, and just sent a copy of it to a friend.

Surely DD was the first time we saw a vampire actively attempting to resist her natural inclinations--and seeking "release" from a member of the medical profession.

G.

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Hi Philippe,

that's an interesting speculation!  I seem to recall that back in the Sixties, Barnabas' look was often described as vaguely "Byronic," and I believe that Ruthven himself was modeled upon Lord Byron, with whom Dr. Polidori had a very complicated relationship (rather similar to Count Dracula having been modeled upon Bram Stoker's sometime employer, 1890s stage idol Henry Irving).

From very vague memories of reading The Vampyre back when I was in my teens (and you do realize we're going back to the Early Bronze Age here, so it was a loooonnngggg time ago), Ruthven is somewhat similar to the original 1967 characterization of Barnabas--unscrupulous, with a pronounced vicious streak, yet strangely attractive and undeniably erotic--perhaps it was in this sense that the critic you cite thought of Ruthven as "sympathetic."

My feeling is that there were variouis forerunners to Barnabas but the character brought these dispersed elements together in a new way.  In the Universal 1940s thriller, House of Dracula, the Count arrives at the home of an Eric Lang-like scientist claiming that he is seeking a cure for his "affliction" (but I don't think that word is used).  The medical explanation given for vampirism in the movie is similar to Dr. Hoffman's theory about a "destructive blood cell" which leads to disastrous consequences for the main mad-doctor protagonist in "House of Dracula."

The scenario of the vampire seeking a cure develops in a very different way in the 1940s film from how it played out on DS, but I do think of that movie as being influential in how Dr. Hoffman's storyline was plotted, and subsequent developments that grew out of that.  In the first script in which "he" was supposed to appear, Hoffman is described as an austere white-haired scientist in his early sixties, similar to the scientist character in HoD.

G.

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