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Calendar Events / Announcements '08 II / Re: OT: Dark Shadows as Xanax
« on: December 31, 2008, 04:20:06 PM »
Dear Raining Wolf,

here's to healing vibes for your husband and yourself!  I hope he can come home soon.

And  yeah--whenever I'm in a funk, for whatever reason, DS always helps me feel better--or at least stare melodramatically into the middle distance while I imagine Julia shaking me by the shoulders and saying, "You MUST!"

Best wishes,

G.

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Current Talk '08 II / Re: thoughts on betsy
« on: December 31, 2008, 12:47:19 AM »
btw, Grayson was away for a couple of weeks in the autumn of '68 because I believe that that was when the "End of the Road" shoot took place out in Great Barrington, Mass.  I'm not sure about Jonathan.  They made him tour an awful lot that year, but the PR appearances and parades mostly happened on the weekends, I think.

G.

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Current Talk '08 II / Re: thoughts on betsy
« on: December 31, 2008, 12:40:53 AM »
I found Durkin's work in the role almost physically painful--nails on a chalkboard.  I thought she seemed competent--it was simply a case of excruciating miscasting.  I did think that Carolyn Groves could have carried the role better since she seemed to have an inner gravitas that Durkin lacked.  It is also the case however that Durkin got thrown in at the deep end of the pool in terms of what the scripts required of her.  Stuff that Lee Strasberg and the proponents of "the Method" failed to cover in their classes.

Betsy Wetsy.  Never heard that one before.  LOVE it.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '08 II / Re: OT The death of VHS
« on: December 31, 2008, 12:23:31 AM »
Yesterday morning I spent an agreeable 90 minutes watching The Haunting of Julia, an early 70s English Mia Farrow vehicle that is only available on VHS.  In the evening I watched some episodes of HEX (the recent UK serial) on a VHS tape a buddy sent me.  Later this week I'll watch Maggie Smith in Travels with my aunt, another movie only available on VHS.

The VHS medium is alive and well in my house, but I do wonder what I will do on the day when both my current VCRs kick the bucket.  I figure, however, that if young geek hipsters can keep vinyl LPs and the turntables to play them alive, the same favor can be extended to the lowly VCR.

cheers, G.

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Current Talk '08 II / Re: The Case of the Disappearing Adam
« on: December 30, 2008, 01:22:20 AM »
Hey MSC, my congrats on finally getting through those late 1968-early 1969 episodes.  There are some real gems in there.

One of the moments from that period that really intrigues me, even though it more or less falls flat, is the scene where Barnabas has to explain to the Betsy Durkin incarnation of Vicki about Vampire 101.  I kept waiting for the character to go:  "Wait ... didn't you have fangs at one point and give me these really, REALLY weird-ass hickeys?"

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '08 II / Re: Niki Nidiffer
« on: December 30, 2008, 01:15:15 AM »
Janet, I am so very sorry to read of your loss.  May your memories of Niki bring you comfort.  What a fine, remarkable individual she was.

best wishes,

Steve (aka Gothick)

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Current Talk '08 II / Re: What if? - - - Barnabas and Angelique
« on: December 30, 2008, 01:10:53 AM »
Angelique was a very, very high-maintenance individual.  (So without a doubt, was Barnabas Collins--let's be real here.)  I don't see Ang's statement in that quote as anything other than yet another piece of strategy on the part of "Our Favorite Witch." 

I realize that this is not really playing the game, but one does have to understand that if Barn and Ang had remained happily ever after, there would have been no curse, no story, and no reason to sit here pondering the ins and outs of just another humdrum successful marriage.

I enjoyed how Lara played Angelique's jealousy during the post-wedding episodes of 1795.  She really lit up the screen with raw, fiery emotion.

G.

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And here's a perfect example:

Barnabas (looking on with palpably aching desire at comatose Roxanne, obviously fitted with bullet-bra from Grayson's Playtex gig):  "Oh! ... she is ... so beautiful!"

Julia (rolls eyes): *multiple expletives deleted*

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Current Talk '08 II / Re: Maggie Escapes
« on: December 18, 2008, 08:16:25 PM »
I know it's unfair but ...

The pacing of this scene really doesn't work for me.  Given the strength of the Undead, Barnabas would have had plenty of time to just snap Maggie's neck and then dematerialize.  Instead he just hovers melodramatically over her body until you hear Sam's shouts.

Perhaps it was some secret bit of remorse that kept him from killing her.  Or, perhaps, David Ford was just a wee bit late catching his cue.

Happy Holidays!

G.

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Current Talk '08 II / The FABULOUS Cavada Humphrey!
« on: December 18, 2008, 03:29:38 PM »
My hat's off again to our Darling Mysterioso, el Benefactoro (pardon my hideous mauling of Spanish),

for featuring one of my all time favorite guest players today--the beautiful, flamboyant, fabulous Cavada Humphrey!  When I went to IMDB just now to make sure her surname did not end with an s (my memory is in tatters these days, alas), I was startled to see that Cavada passed away on July 11, 2007.  Was there an obit posted here?  I don't recall seeing it, but I am often away out in the woods and fields doing my Nature Boy routine in July, so perhaps I missed it.

One of my all time favorite moments on all of DS is Madam Findlay's arrival at Collinwood, when she strides imperiously around the drawing room and waves her arms and sways and speaks cryptically of the battle waging within these walls--truly classic stuff.

She also got one of the most melodramatic "farewell" scenes in the series' history. 

Interestingly, her role as Madam Findlay wasn't Cavada Humphrey's sole DS connection.  For awhile she shared rooms with novelist Madeleine L'Engle, who penned the classic children's novel A Wrinkle in Time.  Madeleine L'Engle married Hugh Franklin, who appeared as Collins family lawyer Richard Garner in the 1966 episodes of DS.

Thanks again for featuring such a distinctive, memorable presence from our Dark Shadows memory-hoard!

cheers, G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '08 II / Re: o.t. gothic fashion exhibit
« on: December 16, 2008, 09:47:25 PM »
Hi MSC.

sounds cool.  There were very occasionally a few more traditionally "Gothic" ensembles seen on DS. I'm thinking of some of Lady Kitty Soames' couture, Magda's mourning veil (Grayson looked truly fabou in it), Count Petofi's fur trimmed coat, Eve's black evening gown, a long black lounging thing worn by Cassandra in 1968...   some of the 1840s outfits? 

But, by and large, as you say, the screen explodes with color in DS fashion.  And sometimes, as in Maggie Evans' patchwork skirt or some of Julia's more "aggressively" patterned suits, the explosions leave the ladies rather the worse for wear.

cheers, G.

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Current Talk '08 II / Julia reaches for the baseball bat...
« on: December 16, 2008, 07:59:39 PM »
MB, I just LOVE today's screencapture!  Julia looks as if she has HAD it with a certain reluctant vampire!  Just love how mean and eee-vil she looks here!

thanks for the holiday cheer!

A Fan 4ever,

Gothick

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Current Talk '08 II / Re: Discuss: '91 Series - Ep #12
« on: December 14, 2008, 10:29:09 PM »
I'm not surprised to hear that DC was involved in the scene where Trask gets his comeuppance (erm ... brickuppance? *ducks flying missiles hurled by exasperated readers)  Just the stills are reminded me that it did have that familiar old DC touch.

I did watch the MPI video of this episode last year and from what I remember, the scene of Barnabas saying goodbye to Sarah goes on for a really long time.  If I'm remembering correctly (which is by no means necessarily the case), the first 15 minutes or so felt terrifically compressed even in the extended MPI version.  I've complained before about how ludicrous I find Abigail's final scene so I won't weary readers with repetition of my thoughts about that.  as far as I am concerned, that whole sequence at the Old House just does not work, except as parody.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '08 II / Re: Happy Birthday to ROBINV!
« on: December 14, 2008, 10:21:53 PM »
Hey Robin, Happy Birthday!

and if you see this, may your holidays be filled with fun and frivolity!

hugs, Steve

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This is exciting news!  I've been hoping for further progress on this release, and the fact that the company sprang for such a full length interview with Barbara definitely adds very solid gilding to this particular lily.

I think that Italian expression corresponds more to the English phrase "beyond the grave" in the sense of an Afterlife--natural or unnatural as the case may be!  There are similar expressions in French and German if I recall correctly.

I wonder whether there's any hope for some of Barbara Steele's other classic Italian horror movies to be restored.  Most of them circulate in butchered, mutilated versions with grainy prints, incoherent continuity, etc. There's one really good one, An Angel for Satan, that has NEVER had a proper US release--in any format!

G.

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