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Gads, I did see a screening of the 2004 pilot at one of the Festivals, but have no memory of anyone named Sophia.  Was she Willie's girlfriend?

G.

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Current Talk '08 II / Re: Question For DS Viewers who watched first run!! :)
« on: September 24, 2008, 05:34:44 PM »
I think I must have read in 16 magazine (it was my religion back then, lol) that Jonathan Frid was taking a vacation to Barnabas would be "absent."  Even so, the staking was SHOCKING, particularly given how gruesomely they staged it... at least, by the standards of 1969 television, it was an extreme sequence.

The scene the next day where Pansy staggers into the Blue Whale and confesses what she's done rates as a high point in Nancy Barrett's work on the series, IMO.

Congratulations to Taeylor on 800!

cheers!  G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '08 II / Re: Ou Grayson?
« on: September 23, 2008, 07:50:18 PM »
Good news!  The title of the movie, btw, is Who are you, Polly Maggoo? (Qui etes-vous, Polly Maggoo?)

There is a topic in the archives with some fabou screen-captures from this movie...

G.

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How exciting!  If any fans go, I hope at least some of them will take photos--maybe even video if she gives a talk. 

I wonder whether the restored DVD of Nightmare Castle (or whatever it's called now) will be out in time for this appearance?

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '08 II / Re: Our Newest God!
« on: September 22, 2008, 08:44:09 PM »
Heavens to Murgatroyd! 

At least this explains that persistent odor of Frankincense and Myrrh I've been noticing today.

Thank you all!  May you all continue to love and adulate and enjoy Dark Shadows, the best TV show of all time!

cheers!

Gothique

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I was there too and am IN AWE of David Selby's integrity, creativity, energy and passion!  He more or less acted out the entire story of the novel, from start to finish, with observations interspersed about American history, racism, the meaning of liberty, the current political situation, theatre, and other topics beyond my ability to recall.

I bought a copy of the novel to give to a friend whose son is struggling with sophomore English classes, and David revealed that he flunked an English qualifying exam twice!  I responded, "But you wound up getting a Ph. D., didn't you?" and he confirmed that that had indeed been the case.

It was a wonderful, memorable evening with a true gentleman.

G.

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What fun!  I was staying with a friend in Connecticut last weekend and she has a cable tier that includes something called "The Chiller Network," and we watched a recording she had made from it of House of DS, followed by some Kolchak episodes the following morning.  Excellent stuff!

I've had the Kolchak DVD set on my shopping list for years now.  I loved Ruth McDevitt's character on that show.

G.

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Current Talk '08 II / Re: Discuss: '91 Series - Pilot - Part 1
« on: September 17, 2008, 09:13:00 PM »
I just loved MB's comments about the clothes.  The idea of Liz wearing Bea Arthur's wardrobe from the Golden Girls is a hoot.  I really hated how they dressed Jean Simmons in that role.

Maybe Victoria's extra shoulder pads were a case of proactive defense against psychotic children of rich, isolated New England families?

G.

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Current Talk '08 II / Re: Lawn Jockey??
« on: September 17, 2008, 05:43:25 PM »
It's on the hall table in the foyer.  So, it's indoors.

G.

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Current Talk '08 II / Re: Discuss - Ep #0632
« on: September 17, 2008, 05:38:58 PM »
The fish tank had appeared before in a certain devious medico's office...

I really think the killing of Mr. Wells rates as one of the most horrific sequences on the entire show.  I think it may have been this episode that got DS banned by one of the ABC affiliates--maybe in New Hampshire?

G.

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Current Talk '08 II / Re: A Prop Project
« on: September 17, 2008, 05:31:26 PM »
I could swear that Buzz was the original owner of at least one of Cassandra's lacquered black wigs.

The post about Edward's moustache reminds me of this episode where Edward and Quentin are having a verbal sparring match and the tape cuts and Quentin is laughing ... I always thought that Louis lost his moustache while he was making some epically pompous speech.

G.

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In part 2, Grayson's final scene starts around 4:10...

This is a gem!  It is also, so far as I am aware, Grayson's last appearance on film.

G.

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Has the new season of the Lair aired yet?

Despite the awfulness of season one, I watched the whole thing in two sittings when a friend loaned it to me a few months back.  The ending was STRONGLY reminiscent of a certain storyline on DS--as were other elements in the story--such as that portrait!

G.

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THIS is better than heroin--it's like two sticks of BUTTAH firmly lashed together in a rough-hewn Land-o-Lakes manner...

Who is the painter?  He looks sooo very familiar. 

G.

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I don't agree with Vasquez, and it sounds to me as if he should be playing video games, not reviewing movies.

In the original Lugosi Dracula film, he had those wonderful lines:  "To die... to be really dead ... that must be glorious!"  The theme of the reluctant vampire with a ruthless streak continued in the underrated Dracula's daughter, and one could recite a long litany of vampire films that have spun out the notion of the vampire's divided nature with endless juicy variations.

I do agree that there has been a lot of ripping off of Miss Rice in recent years.  IMO that's not necessarily a bad thing--I thought  the 1990s show Forever Knight showed that her ideas could be incorporated in a modulated form to produce compelling story-telling, and from what I heard from friends, many folks thought the same about Moonlighting.  I'm not familiar enough with the Buffy/Angel franchise to comment upon that.  Despite its excessively pretty lead actor, Blood ties struck me as an example of watered-down Rice that badly needed an injection of fresh inspiration. 

Critiques such as the one Vasquez is offering up are very thick on the ground in the blogosphere these days.  While amusing (perhaps) to read, they hardly do justice to the films and shows with which he's making free.

I am not up on the new "Twilight" book series and films, so am not really commenting on that.  The notion of vampires as mindless killing machines seems to owe more to "Night of the Living Dead" and its endless barrage of sequels than it does to traditional literary or folk images of vampires.  (It's worth noting that the Romero franchise has had a sweeping impact upon how people think of zombies these days--the old zombies of the Val Lewton films and 1950s and 60s "voodoo melodramas" are seemingly gone forever.  In their place, we have a rather dull army of flesh-munching robots with eyeballs on detachable springs.)

cheers, G.

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