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UPDATE:  my buddy informs me that Sixth Sense hasn't been on CHILLER in a few months now.  If it returns, however, be sure to check it out!

G.

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Fans, a series that may of us "ancient blood" folk remember fondly from the early 1970s is "The Sixth Sense."  Gary Collins starred as Dr. Michael Rhodes, an ESP investigator and psychic.  Thanks to the kindness of a friend, I just learned that episodes of this series have been screening at least occasionally on the CHILLER network.

Dark Shadows connections include appearances by Dana Elcar (in the episode "Witch, Witch, Burning Bright"--sounds like a certain blonde sorceress known for her evocative cackle!), John Karlen, and Joel Fabiani--there are probably other DS connections if you dig around enough.

The series is moody and slow-paced, sometimes featuring psychedelic camera angles and dream sequences that seem very reminiscent of DS.  The episode I saw had the heroine being granted a vision of five widows in long black veils--at least one of the widows was wearing a miniskirt, which again seemed very DS!

G.

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Hey Taeylor, do you mean today's (June 1st-2nd) capture?  I agree it beautifully captures the way Barn and Angelexis sparred with one another during this fab period of the series. 

I don't understand why more fans aren't into this time of the show.  All the regular cast members get fabulous material once the period of shooting the movie winds up.  Nancy Barrett and John Karlen, for example, get some of their best scenes in the entire series during this time--Nancy in particular.  I won't blather on about Grayson and Thayer's work during this time because I've praised it to the point where I know I am becoming a bore on the subject.  I also love Joan and Louis's work during this time--really, all the regulars--except for Clarice, who I think was off doing another project?--got great material here.

G.

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A follow-up to say that my copy of Nightmare Castle arrived last night. I just had time to watch the video interview with Barbara (it's been a hellishly busy week--AGAIN).  The video is beautifully done and I give all due kudos to Jim Pierson who is credited as the coordinating producer.  Many very rare stills of Barbara are shown while she is speaking but we also get plenty of footage of her as she is today, still a very glamorous woman with a face like none other. 

Barbara does speak about her work with Dan Curtis as the producer on the Winds of War/ War & Remembrance, and the experience of doing DS.  She says about the latter gig that she was "not allowed to be expressive or eccentric" in her performance, and that the character was written and directed to be highly "repressed," as a result of which she was "very angry" throughout much of the shoot.

She does praise Ben Cross and mentions that she saw Cross recently (perhaps when he was in LA doing the Trek thing) and that he is now living in Bulgaria!

G.

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Current Talk '09 I / Re: Today's Capture--The Divine Miss Bennett
« on: May 29, 2009, 12:31:46 AM »
I ADORE this photograph and I ADORE Joan!

She IS *The* Matriarch of Collinwood--now and forever!

Worshipping at the Shrine,

G.

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Current Talk '09 I / Semi OT: The Norliss Tapes
« on: May 26, 2009, 09:19:15 PM »
Dear Fans,

Last Friday evening I watched The Norliss Tapes (1973), a Dan Curtis produced and directed TV film that was a pilot for a series that was never optioned.  Apparently, the series, had it been produced, would have been a lot like Darren McGavin's Kolchak: the Night Stalker series, but with a much more hip, together protagonist than the klutzy, frumpy Kolchak.

I had seen Norliss way back when in '73 when it aired as a movie-of-the-week type feature, and have very vague memories of it.  Seeing it now, I found myself wondering whether it rates as Dan Curtis' schlockiest, most over-the-top production.  Some would say that the Zuni fetish doll segment of Trilogy of Terror was more schlocky, but that did have the sublime Karen Black and actually was scary, whereas to me, the monster in Norliss was a mixture of pathetic and ridiculous.

Screenwriter William F. Nolan did duty on several other DC projects.  The part that had me giggling the most, strangely, was the endless rain in the picture; it was very obvious to me that the local Fire Dept. made a good penny on this particular project.  I found myself recalling the patient men of the Tarrytown Fire Dept. and their use in other DC projects of the early Seventies.

Even though I found it so poorly directed, I still enjoyed the movie.  There were fun moments such as seeing Stanley Adams in a cameo as a truck driver, too.  The fact that Angie Dickinson kept getting out of bed with flawlessly sprayed and styled hair and makeup was a reminder of the ladies of Collinwood long, long ago.

Watching this made me even more decided in my opinion that DS, the series, was fabulous DESPITE DC's involvement.  The man seems to have had all the subtlety of a sledgehammer on acid.

G.

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Darling... may your birthday be an occasion for true happiness!

No need to apologize... real life has thrown all of us for a loop at some point or other--seems to go with the territory!

hugs and best wishes,

Steve

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Current Talk '09 I / Re: Quentin's Shirtless Capture!
« on: May 20, 2009, 04:18:08 PM »
IMO Quentin was at his absolute best in those first few weeks of 1897--a charming, exquisite, boozing, womanizing ROGUE.  He actually had quite the nasty streak as when he all but strangled poor dithering old Grandma-mama-mama in his effort to convince her of some significant fact of life or other.  I loved those scenes where he would get in Beth's face and even though she hated herself for it she couldn't resist.

Quentin in early 1897 brought DS to a more "adult" level, reflecting the cultural shift between 1966 and 1969 in the US (maybe I am over-interpreting here?). 

For similar reasons, one of my favorite Angelique periods is herself in the beginning of 1795, when she's scheming to get all the goodies "Mamselle Josette" has for herself.

G.

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What a year it continues to be for Barbara Steele!  The new disc of Nightmare Castle, which is set to include a video interview with Barbara discussing her career, is coming out sometime this week or next.

My roomie has been busting up watching Barbara's commentary to The She-Beast.  We both lament the fact that Barbara has never been given her own chat-show.  We adore her razor-sharp, off-the-wall wit!

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '09 I / Re: Julia's Medallion
« on: May 18, 2009, 03:36:08 AM »
Golly.

You found Julia and her medallion in the middle of that haystack?  You're a better man than I am, Mr. MB!

G.

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Current Talk '09 I / Re: Quentin's Shirtless Capture!
« on: May 18, 2009, 03:27:44 AM »
Darn, I missed it! *pout*

Thanks, Cousin Taeylor, for posting about it.  I love that felicitous phrase--"bare chested and DIRTY."  Sounds like Quentin needs a tongue bath! Volunteers, anyone?

G.

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I think I had heard about this story a couple of years ago.

It just sounds like yet another instance of a couple of dreary individuals with bean-counting propensities trying to spoil other people's fun because they have none of their own... just my not so humble opinion, of course!

G.

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Thanks for sharing that.  I never watched Little house, either originally or in reruns, so I was also unaware of KLS' appearance on the series.

I recently rented Charlies Angels, season 1, disc 2 via Netflix just to see Thayer David's episode of that show.  His part was tiny--he had two or three scenes where he was on camera, and I think his dialogue was limited to three lines.  Still, I loved getting to see Thayer on the show.  I have the disc with his episode of Starsky & Hutch in my Netflix "queue," as well--another series I never watched, and it's a treat to be able to catch Thayer's work in it thanks to the magic of DVD.

G.

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Current Talk '09 I / Re: Pomegranate Press
« on: May 11, 2009, 06:44:08 PM »
I haven't.  I bought my very first PomPress book at NY's legendary sci/fantasy memorabilia shop, Forbidden Planet.  Seeing a book with a picture of Barnabas and Maggie on the cover was a marvelous experience in ... 1987, I think it was?

Most of the other ones since then I have bought at the Festivals.  If I needed to buy one now, I would probably just use Amazon or Abebooks.

Good luck!  Is there a phone number you could call?

Best, G.

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Current Talk '09 I / Re: favorite lines of dialogue
« on: May 07, 2009, 09:02:14 PM »
Thanks, MB, for that capture.  I'd forgetten that that scene is staged in front of the portrait of "the first Mrs. Collins."

Another great moment is when Maggie is pouring a cup of tea for Will Loomis and the smirk on Hoffman's face as she hands him his liquor right on beat to be caught by Maggie.  Will's line about tannic acid, and Hoffman's smug expression, are priceless!

G.

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