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Thanks for those who clarified Mr. Frid's remarks about Grayson.  I recall Louis Edmonds telling me on one occasion when I was asking for stories about Grayson "a little bit of Grayson goes a long way" said very fondly and with a sly wink.  He then told a story about seeing her in Happy End with her arm in a cast because she had just broken it earlier that day.  In his dry way, he paid tribute to her incredible showmanship and professionalism.  I appreciated his candor.

I'd love to hear more about what Mr. Frid said about Thayer David.  On the one Dave Brown cassette I bought years ago, in one of the 1980s get-togethers Frid was recalling how Thayer was like everyone's uncle on the set, even though he was the same age as himself, Louis, et al.  He talked about how kind and encouraging Thayer was.  Alexandra in her foreword to one of the KLS pompress books shared that Thayer battled depression for years.  What an incredible man, and incredible artist, he was.

G.

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Golly, both the entrances of Jonathan and David sound so fun and memorable!  I can't believe JF got into the coffin once more just to make his fans happy!!! Let's hope he had more leg room in the 2008 mark coffin!

I'd vote for Quentin Collins for president!

G.

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I am just wondering how certain "members" who haven't yet had the pleasure will react the first time they encounter the infamous "Nathan Forbes crotch" floatie ...

G.

4084
The mockup for the cover and verso designs looks excellent.  Nice to see that Karlen is featured on the verso.

MB, have you read the review on the DVD Talk site of DS The Beginnings vol. 5 yet? It's a regular riot!  (I don't agree with his comments about the work of David Henesy and Joan Bennett on the series, but he expresses even opinions that I disagree with in such an entertaining, campy, fun way!)

G.

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Hi Taeylor, as a David Selby fan, I do hope you've had the chance to see the obscure Canadian indy feature "The Girl in Blue."  Not only does Selby deliver a brilliant performance in the movie, you get to see quite a bit of his nude body (only from behind, alas) in a bathtub sequence.  Lovely film that deserves to be more widely known.

G.

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Another fun one is "Dracula's Daughter" also produced by Joe Meek in 1964.  The vocalist on this gem is "Screaming Lord Sutch" who continued on to quite a career after Joe Meek's death in 1967:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvutGdUYGJw&feature=related

Enjoy!

G.

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John Karlen had a surprisingly beautiful body back in the day, as you can see if you rent the 1971 film Daughters of Darkness (which Karlen worked on a couple of months after the completion of the hoDS shoot, in Belgium).  He has a couple of nude scenes in the movie, including one fleeting moment of full-frontal nudity.  There's a commentary track by Karlen on the DVD and it's fun and a little poignant to hear him talking about his younger self:  "Look at that Johnny run!"

I do love Karlen's control over the quivering of his own jowls.  He really delivered in some of those big barnstorming scenes he had to play.  His performance was so achingly heartfelt when Willie was struggling to save Maggie in the original 1967 storyline.

G.

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Fans,

here's a brilliant youtube clip (no video to speak of; just photo of the original 45) of the Joe Meek-produced instrumental, "Night of the Vampire," by "The Moon-trekkers" (I don't think the band had an existence outside of Meek's London studio), released in 1961:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8oBFIwB5rA&feature=related

Apart from the vampire connection, the ending of this song reminds me of the ending of house of Dark Shadows--you'll hear flapping batwings and a strangulated shriek.  The screeching electric guitars are very Blue Whale-esque, too.

Fun stuff!

G.

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"The Book" was inspired by Lovecraft's Necronomicon, particularly as used in the film version of The Dunwich Horror.

The idea of its being in a lost language that only David Collins had the power to read was one of the cleverer twists of the story, I thought.

G.

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Some of what derailed it had to do with other projects that cast members left to pursue.  Both Thayer David and Dennis Patrick left halfway through to do movie projects.  It was because Dennis Patrick was unavailable that Dan Curtis (or whoever was guiding the plot at the time) came up with that stupid thing with that other ghost. 

The other thing that seriously messed it up is that they changed track abruptly twice during the storyline--first, in response to hate mail from fans, they began to make Barnabas more sympathetic and resistant to the Leviathans much earlier than originally planned.  And then, again because of hate mail but also, I suspect, because of the shooting schedule for the first movie, the storyline was hastily wrapped up a month or two earlier than originally planned.

I still find Leviathans perhaps the most fascinating storyline just because they really tried to do something different.  For all its faults, after Leviathans the stories basically re-hashed what had worked before--the Angelique thing in PT 1970 (which I do love because it was so stylish and had such great scenery-chewing opportunities once they brought the regulars back), the ghosts and possession and Satanism, etc. in Summer of 1970 and 1840. 

Nevertheless, I mustn't forget the brief sojourn in 1995.  *That* was really bizarre, even by DS standaards!  Sy Tomashoff and the crew deserved Emmies for what they did with the sets for those two weeks!

G.

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Current Talk '08 II / Re: Convincing someone to watch DS!
« on: July 11, 2008, 09:15:38 PM »
Goober, are you sure you're not related to Nicholas Blair?  Your last post sounds like the horrifying dreams of an Evil Genius!

Or, as Dr. Hoffman once exclaimed:  "That's monstrous!"  To which Blair sneeringly riposted:  "It is MEANT to be."

*wink*

G.

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Current Talk '08 II / Re: Is NODS still being restored??
« on: July 11, 2008, 07:34:47 PM »
I wish I could attend, but I'm not going out for this year's event.

I still cherish my memories of getting to see the missing footage, particularly the seance sequence.  Glad to hear you have much such progress with the restoration!

cheers!  G.

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Hey Taeylor,

that anecdote about Grayson and Davis IS a hoot.  Have you ever heard the radio interview with Grayson, Humbert, Jonathan, Rodan, and Davis?  Don Briscoe is in it for a little bit, too.  It's on one of the CDs--really great stuff.

Roger Davis' habit of literally pushing his female co-stars around on the sets of DS is well documented.  I believe that KLS talked about it in the original edition of Scrapbook Memories, and Marie Wallace has mentioned it in many interviews.  In the KLS book on the DS movies (which includes the original screenplays) she reprinted a diary she had kept during the shooting of hoDS and the funniest part is when Dan suggests to her that he liked her and Roger Davis together in the movie so much that he wanted Roger to be her new leading man on DS.  She immediately says how she's going to fatten up on pastries to try and keep out of Roger's clutches.  I got to hear her reading from this at one of the Festivals years ago and the audience reaction to these passages is something I'll never forget.

cheers, Gothick

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I just have to say I have been relieved to see that classic and cult releases have continued to be in DVD format.  I actually haven't heard of any cult material being released in Blu Ray, though I think that Tim Lucas may have wrote a piece on his "Video Watchblog" a couple of months ago about a foreign Blue Ray (or digital high-definitiion DVD format?) release of Horror of Dracula that had mind-blowingly crisp definition.  I have to confess that I am on the fence about digital restoration since it seems to "restore" vivid color schemes that were never seen in ANY previous generation of a classic film.  On the other hand, they do look very pretty on the slightly more state-of-the-art playback equipment I acquired two years ago (mind you, I'm far from getting one of those giant rectangular gizmos suspended from the ceiling by designer kryptonite chains).

There was a report the other day about one of the big labels issuing the Cushing/Lee classic "The Gorgon" as part of a fourpack.  The Paul Massie "Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll" (which features what I personally regard as one of Christopher Lee's better performances of the period) is also going to be in this new set.
 
I don't know whether it would be worth upgrading to something more finely-defined than the existing DVDs.  Sometimes, the grain of the original video master gives the product a very raw look to my eyes, as it is.

G.

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My favorites are Barbara Steele and Julianne McCarthy.  Roy Thinnes was a riot as Rev. Trask!  Those caterpillar eyebrows, and the way he shredded the scenery! 

I loved Steele's costumes as Natalie.  She looked as if she had just come from a triumphant career running all the swankiest bordellos in Paris!

My roomie, who watched the show last year when I was collecting it on VHS, thought Carolyn was a hoot, particularly when the character changed into Barn's adoring sex slave.  He kept saying that her clothing and mannerisms made it look as if she had just come from working the sidewalks in WeHo!  He loved the "trampy Eighties" look of what the character wore in those shows.

cheers, G.

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