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Hey Taeylor, of course I don't mind at all.  You write brilliant, witty, amusing posts, and I'm proud to have you for my "Cousin" in the Shadows!

Just to set the record ... straight (?!?!?!?!?!) (and Dear God, please do not let that string of punctuation turn into one of those sickening smilies), I was told by a veteran DS fan of the Ancient Blood (as am I)--for the new folks who may be reading, this means a fan who was around in the 1960s for the original broadcast of the series--that he had heard from a friend that Don Briscoe had done a shoot for Colt Magazine, a publication popular amongst a certain select circle back in the day.  Given the nature of that remarkable magazine, we may presume that Don appeared in the best apparel nature could have provided for him--i.e., his birthday suit.  Unfortunately, 1960s issues of that magazine are rare as the proverbial hen's teeth, although there are archival collections--one at Cornell that I know of--where we may finally be able to track down more information regarding this rumor.

So, it wasn't really Gothick just erm, um, *fantasizing* *wink* about such images--although I have to admit that since hearing the tale, I HAVE amused myself mightily by imagining with all the vivid powers at my command just how special those photographs could be!

cheers!  G.

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Current Talk '08 II / Re: Discuss: '91 Series - Ep #02
« on: October 02, 2008, 04:26:31 PM »
Is this the episode where Julia has her line about the "Professor being a bit dotty"?  That line just makes me sca-REAM!  That and the clenched-jaw enunciation of "I have a great deal of WORK to do" where the word work is pronounced "wuhhkk."  Gotta love Barbara Steele!

I remember a certain show in which a certain very hunky male vampire seemed to have been buried in hospital pajamas.  Later, they switched so he had been buried in a flannel shirt and what I think were work trousers.  Ah, our vampires and their little wardrobe malfunctions!  Maybe the mortician for Daphne decided he wanted her corpse to have a luscious glam-goth look to it.  (I saw a friend of mine at a gathering recently whose specialty is hairdos for corpses--he works at a mortician's).

cheers!  G.

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What a fab little article.  I like it that our gang is lumped together with Miss Kenneth Anger.  Collinwood Babylon, anybody?  (It would make a great fanfic!)

MB, your new avatar is SERIOUSLY scaring me.

G.

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Current Talk '08 II / Re: The DS Seances 1966-1971 (Inspired by Sandor)
« on: October 01, 2008, 04:05:22 PM »
Hey Taeylor (and hi Sandor!), what a great idea for a thread!  I look forward to everybody's memories about the DS seances.

One seance sequence I would love to see again is the restored one from the film Night of DS that I got to see at one of Darren Gross' presentations several years ago at a DS Festival.  It was, I thought, possibly the best bit of film Dan Curtis ever directed.  The camerawork had a fluid, uncanny swirl to it that really evoked the sensation of consciousness shifting and the veil between the Worlds running suddenly mist-thin.  Brilliant.

A personal favorite seance sequence of mine is the one from 1995 where Carolyn's spirit speaks through Julia.  Again, a sense of the uncanny in how Grayson changed her voice and the enigmatic words spoken.  Another one I love for similar reasons is the one from 1968 where Philippe Cordier's spirit speaks through Barnabas.  A tour de force for Jonathan Frid.  I loved it when they occasionally had him do something different from the usual.

G.

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Current Talk '08 II / Re: Color Scans of the 1971-72 Sunday Comic Strips
« on: September 30, 2008, 05:38:44 PM »
Wow, Doctor and K-9, these REALLY bring back the memories!  When these strips were coming out, I was BEREFT due to the loss of my all-time favorite show.  The Sunday comics really helped console me.  They were much better than the Gold Key Comics.  I gave my copy of the book that collected all the strips to a friend who is a gifted young artist and a lifelong fan of DS.

My local paper stopped carrying the strip when a story was beginning that I think involved people from the Caribbean--sort of Strange Paradise meets DS!

cheers!  Steve

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Calendar Events / Announcements '08 II / Re: HB to B&J
« on: September 30, 2008, 05:34:56 PM »
Julia Dahling, May your special day be as swooningly DIVINE as you are!

cheers!  Steve

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Current Talk '08 II / Re: Discuss: '91 Series - Ep #02
« on: September 29, 2008, 10:52:21 PM »
As I think MB commented in an earlier post, the pacing of the story in the early episodes of this show mirrors the pacing in some other DC ventures, notably hoDS and the Jack Palance Dracula movie.  Not just the pacing, but in some cases whole stretches of dialogue and shot set-ups were copied near-verbatim from those earlier works.

I think by 1990-91, the vampire genre had reached a point where the old structure that was exploited so brilliantly in earlier shows--of having suspense building around a series of mysterious attacks and an undiagnosed "illness" suffered by a heroine--ultimately traced back to the chapters of Dracula about Lucy's "illness"--was perceived as no longer really working.  Besides hoDS, in 1970 the feature film Count Yorga, Vampire quickly established that vampires were on the loose, and the "theme" of the movie was not so much one of suspense as horror created by a sequence of luridly constructed vampire set-pieces.  This re-tooling of the genre had been pioneered by Hammer studios in their early films (Horror of) Dracula, Brides of Dracula, and Kiss of the Vampire. 

Between the early 1970s and 1990, you had the explosion of the Anne Rice phenomenon, as well, which radically changed the face of the gothic vampire genre.  So, bear that in mind when evaluating these shows.

From what little I have read about the behind the scenes stuff at NBC,  when it came to the horror quotient in the story, the studio suits wanted more, faster, harder.  Dan Curtis never needed much encouragement to up the ante in the "blood, carnage and fangs" department.  (Or, as Grayson once said lovingly, "Dan has a real genius for SPOOK.")

I look forward to the critique of the next episode--if memory serves (my single viewing of it was on VHS ca. 1997), they REALLY let the blood spatter in that one.

G.

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Dear Doctor And K-9,

Deutsche Erstausgabe means "German [language] First Edition."

The title that puzzled you would be better translated as "When the Bird of Death Sings"--the verb klagen normally describes the tolling of a bell, but I can't think of an elegant way of rending this into English offhand.

Was Dark Shadows aired in Germany in the 1970s?  The idea of anybody bothering to translate this stuff makes my head hurt.

cheers, G.

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Current Talk '08 II / Re: Discuss: '91 Series - Ep #02
« on: September 28, 2008, 10:44:04 PM »
MB, your comments about Joe Haskell's lack of "involuntary" movement while sleeping gave me quite a giggle.  Thanks for the fun--it 's been a rather draggy weekend otherwise.

Am I imagining it or is there a scene coming up where we get to see Michael T. Weiss naked from behind?  Ah, a charming county Derry Air *wink*

G.

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Current Talk '08 II / Re: Discuss: '91 Series - Ep #02
« on: September 28, 2008, 09:59:05 PM »
I know this is really trivial, but looking at Taeylor's ravishingly fabulous captures of Barbara Steele's big scene, I'm remembering that her lipstick seemed WAY too loud to me this last time I watched my videotape of this episode.  Just off the hook.  Maybe it's because otherwise, her look is restrained and what one would expect of a "brilliant blood specialist by day, icy and aloof dominatrix by night" kinda gal.

I also found Barnabas' makeup in the eighteenth century sequences to be so garish, it frequently distracted me from what was going on (and there was a HELL of a lot going on).  Maybe I'll comment on that when you get to those shows, if Taeylor is still kind enough to post his captures--I no longer own tapes of any but the first two episodes.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '08 II / Re: OT: I'm Leaving All Of You!
« on: September 28, 2008, 12:58:36 AM »
Sounds wonderful, Gerard.  I wonder whether the Queen Vicki will make a stop in Crete. I long to visit the Minoan ruins there.

If you stop in Samos, don't forget to sample the delicious local white wine (if you drink, that is!) and visit the ruins of the Temple of Hera, once one of the most beautiful in all Greece.

cheers!  Steve

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Current Talk '08 II / Re: Discuss: '91 Series - Pilot - Part 2
« on: September 26, 2008, 09:38:34 PM »
My roommate's view was that Carolyn had already had an illustrious career working the street out in WeHo before she "welcomed" Miss Winters to Collinwood.  He almost literally fell out of his chair and rolled around the floor laughing at some of the fashions Miss Stoddard sports in later episodes.

G.

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Current Talk '08 II / Re: vicki and jeff.the end
« on: September 26, 2008, 08:57:47 PM »
Hoo boy, Liz and Sam!  Why am I imagining Liz pursing her lips into a thin, bloodless line and informing whomever was inquiring, "HELL would have to freeze over first!"

I really need to lie down ....

G.

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Current Talk '08 II / Re: Discuss: '91 Series - Pilot - Part 2
« on: September 26, 2008, 07:41:50 PM »
I agree with Cassandra Blair that Julia's braid always, to me, gives her that certain dominatrix air right from the get-go.  Too bad Barbara wasn't allowed to stalk through Collinwood in leather catsuits and stiletto boots for a special West Hollywood look *cheeky grin*.

I'm laughing out of my ... uh, face, at the notion of Julia being "right onto Barnabas like frosting on a cupcake."  Thanks, MSC.

It's too bad they didn't pursue defining Carolyn as a predatory bisexual minx.  After all, Amanda Donohoe had done her fabulous thing on LA Law just a year or two before this.

G.

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Current Talk '08 II / Re: vicki and jeff.the end
« on: September 26, 2008, 07:14:14 PM »
Very interesting!  I had no idea she was interested in going back after her son's birth.

This more than ever makes the re-write of Victoria's fate during that stupid subplot in Leviathans look like a posthumous punishment of the character by her irate creator.

G.

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