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Current Talk '09 I / Re: Hangman
« on: March 31, 2009, 06:47:43 PM »
Thanks, Midnite!  I realize Howard was on the more average-looking side, but I still saw potential for cuteness in that shot.

G. the indefatigable (!)

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Current Talk '09 I / Hangman
« on: March 30, 2009, 10:14:27 PM »
Do we know who portrayed the Hangman in today's snapshot from 1796?  He looks like quite the Sixties cutie.

I was watching one of the promo reels for the series WorldVision produced (on the extras disc from "DS the Beginning volume 6") over the weekend and had to laugh when the v/o with the fake Lugosi accent had to utter the line about our beloved show having been "expensively produced."  The first phrase that popped into my had was, "but with no more than five actors per show."  LOL!  This episode was one of the few after 1966 where DC allowed them to spring for some much needed extras.

G.

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Current Talk '09 I / Re: '91 DS will air on Chiller Sunday 3/29
« on: March 30, 2009, 10:08:35 PM »
Sorry to post OT, but is Chiller running the old 1990s series Poltergeist: the Legacy as part of their regular schedule? I ask on behalf of a friend who has the channel and would probably like to tune in. She was a Poltergeist fan way back when (as I have been).

G.

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Just a note--as should be covered in the thread to which Midnite posted that helpful link, Darkness at Blaisedon was not a feature film; it was a pilot for a nighttime series co-starring the legendary Kerwin Matthews and Marj Dusay (who had guest roles on Star Trek, the Wild Wild West, and other shows of the period we all watched).  Cal Bellini was in it in a very Aristide-like role.

Blaisedon was done on videotape, written by Sam Hall, used all the classic DS music cues we love by Robert Cobert, and had a supporting role for Thayer David and what amounted to a cameo for Louis Edmonds.  I think it runs around 50 minutes.  It's a fun thing to see, but if you expect a glossy feature film with lots of explicit gore and violence like hoDS and NoDS, you'll be disappointed.

The best sources for the movies *currently* are, IMO, the laserdisc releases.  My own videotapes come from those discs which I own (a friend made the tapes for me since I never owned a disc player).  According to THE authority on the movies, Mr. Darren Gross, the sound mix for the recent broadcasts of NoDS is superior to any version ever released on home formats (at least, that is how I understood a remark he made about this a year or two ago), so your disc may be an improvement upon the laserdisc version in that respect.

At least the laserdisc does not have any annoying logo... or commercial breaks!

cheers, G.

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Current Talk '09 I / Re: Discuss - Ep #0742
« on: March 26, 2009, 07:40:57 PM »
Thanks, Midnite, for the input, and I'm so sorry about the horrendous gaffe made on that list you were on.  No matter how often the individual responsible apologises, there's no way to get the kitten back into the bag, is there?

I will continue to err on the side of excess as much as possible when it comes to posting spoiler warnings.  I'm not copping an attitude in saying I don't understand--I really don't.  For instance, I would presume it is considered a spoiler that [spoiler] the series basically ended with Barnabas "realizing" that the all-time love of his life had been Angelique all along.[/spoiler]  Even though there've been many threads that have cited this particular development, I would still use the spoiler feature for referencing it, particularly in a thread such as this one dedicated to discussion of a particular episode.

I toy with the idea of starting a thread on Spoilers in general, because I find it on a certain level an intriguing topic.  I am afraid that at my advanced age, I no longer care about spoilers--for ANYTHING.  The reason is that I've read so many novels, seen so many films and television shows and plays, that very little really surprises me any longer.  If I am watching something, it is because something to do with the characters, the aesthetics (such as the photography or underscore), or just the actors involved engages me.  We're getting Wild Wild West on Netflix now, and I watch that mainly for Robert Conrad's tight pants and the women's campy hairdos and makeup.

All that to one side, when I went to see the Crying Game in 1992 I had managed to avoid hearing about "the surprise secret," and it did provide an amusing sensation when it hit--all because of how the director cleverly staged it, as I had already had doubts.  So, I'm obviously not above being surprised.  Then again, that was 17 years ago.  And now I *really* feel old.

cheers, Gothick 

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Current Talk '09 I / Re: Discuss - Ep #0742
« on: March 25, 2009, 06:02:28 PM »
Thanks, Midnite.  I have to confess that the whole concept of "spoiler warnings" around a show that aired 40 years ago baffles me--so feel free to offer further direction in the future!

I was amused stopping in at a slightly out of the way video rental store the other day to see a photocopied Battlestar Galactica flier taped to the front door with a magic marker notice to the effect that the store was a "BG spoiler free zone."

G.

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Current Talk '09 I / Re: Discuss - Ep #0742
« on: March 25, 2009, 05:16:38 PM »
Hi MSC,  I think you said that you've never seen 1897--is that correct?  Anyhow, the 1897 Laura did carry within her the 18th century Laura's memories.  Barnabas in a ceremony that came from the Book of the Dead was able to summon up the ghost of the 18th century Laura (btw, in a typical DS continuity lurch, they revised the dates so that I think the 18th century Laura had died in the 1780s instead of the 1760s), which made the then "current" incarnation disappear for a few moments.  Clearly, the two on some plane both were--and were not--identical.

The 1897 Laura was much more explicitly linked to ancient Egyptian religion, specifically the cult of Ra.  I don't recall that figuring at all in the 1966 story, apart from vague references to the homeland of the Phoenix in Laura's dreamy, rather scary "soliloquies."

G.

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Current Talk '09 I / Re: Discuss - Ep #0742
« on: March 24, 2009, 07:34:40 PM »
William Mann (who subsequently became a well-known author of old-time celebrity biographies and gay-themed novels) wrote up a speculative biography of "the Lauras" that was published in Dale Clark's old zine Inside the Old House.  He came up with a scenario for how Laura first came to be, that I think involved her sea-captain father in the early 18th century making a devil's bargain with the god Ra.  Anyhow, his theory was also that each Laura carried within herself the seed of the eternal Phoenix spirit, and that this spirit was awakened with Laura's first "death by fire."

G.

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I'd planned to go at least for part of the weekend to visit friends, but I am re-evaluating those plans given how inaccessible and bloody DREARY this venue sounds.

How could Pierson choose something so hard to get in and out of in such a generally well-served area as great NYC?

G.

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Current Talk '09 I / Re: Horror Hosts and the DS Phenomenon
« on: March 19, 2009, 05:45:22 PM »
Ugh, I mis-spelled innocuous.  I HATE getting old.

grumpy old G.

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Current Talk '09 I / Re: Supernatural Creatures Never Used!
« on: March 19, 2009, 03:47:49 PM »
I think I've seen references to there having been discussions of doing a mummy story. I believe, although I could be misremembering, that DC blew the idea out of the water because he didn't think mummies were at all scary, and were even ridiculous because of how they shamble along in the 1940s series and you would think anyone would be able to outrun the creature.

If Laura had come back a third time, it would have been cool to have incorporated a mummy into the story--perhaps a High Priest of Ra who was in thrall to her and could be summoned not to kill, but to drive variouis people in Laura's way temporarily insane, speechless, and exiled to Wyndcliffe so she could proceed with her monstrous plans.

G.

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The "revised" texts are really new recensions of each book.  New photos although I think some articles may be repeated from the Almanac. 

I still remember the day I found My Scrapbook Memories.  I believe it was 1987 and I was visiting a massive sci-fantasy type store in NYC called Forbidden Planet.  I remember the warm feeling when I saw the cover of the book--like a snapshot from my own childhood scrapbook.  I think KLS was very surprised by how vigorously the book sold.

G.

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I am very sorry to hear about John and Peter's predicament.  I hope they can find a good buyer for their treasure.

NYC is a very tough row to hoe when you're short on cash.  My thoughts are with them.

G.

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Current Talk '09 I / Re: Horror Hosts and the DS Phenomenon
« on: March 19, 2009, 03:37:46 PM »
After posting this topic, I realized I had left out one major anthology series that started in the mid 1950s and had a very memorable host--and the stories ranged from mystery and suspense to the occasional hint of the supernatural:  Alfred Hitchcock Presents.

The shows back then set a very high bar in the writing field.  What made me lose interest in current television was the lack of literate writing, although I think there are some good scripts being produced on the premium channel shows (a friend of mine has been raving about Big Love, which seems to be a Mormon Horror Soap Opera--talk about creating your own genre!)

Dear God--we now have BUNNIES in lieu of smilies!  Let the stomping and chomping commence!  For there are sharp, hungry teeth lurking behind that inoccuous-seeming mass of fluff.

G.

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Current Talk '09 I / Horror Hosts and the DS Phenomenon
« on: March 19, 2009, 12:20:51 AM »
Dear Fans,

Last night I played a couple of the interview segments on the DVD set, Dark Shadows The Beginning: vol. 5.  One of  the interviews was with Leonard Wolf, who I last caught sight of back in the Seventies on a late night talk show with Peter Cushing and Forry Ackerman.  Anyhow, Leonard Wolf comes in to try to explain why the DS pop cultural phenomenon hit so big in the late Sixties.  He contrasts the Fifties, which he describes as a culturally and psychologically "desiccated" era, with the Sixties which exploded as the decade wore on with ever more violent and jarring arcs of revolutionary ferment on every level.

After playing the interview, I was thinking about the late 1950s as the period when the vogue for "Horror Hosts" became a phenomenon of its own.  I was trying to recall when Vampira's show was running--I think it was quite early, possibly around 1955?  From the little I know, it seems as if Zacherley's show became the first really big instance of this type of show.

Although the horror hosts and their "creature features" were a very different type of show from our beloved DS, it does seem to have paved the way for other types of series such as Boris Karloff's Thriller and the Addams Family.  Having an afternoon supernatural series looks from this point of view like the next logical step, although of course it was a very radical step for the production team to take.

I like the interviews with the ABC publicity guy who keeps remarking how the network suits had no idea what DS was about, how it should be handled, or really just why it was so popular.

Just a few thoughts--those of you who have done more research on horror hosts might have something to add.  Interestingly, I don't recall horror host shows in my childhood in Maryland until the early 1970s.  In the Sixties, the airings of horror movies I used to watch were not hosted, although they had spooky music and imagery to introduce each week's offering.

G.

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