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Current Talk '08 II / Re: Convincing someone to watch DS!
« on: July 10, 2008, 04:14:01 PM »
Goober, I am cackling wildly at the thought of your swinging Julia's medallion in front of your folks while murmuring "Find the center of the light!" and somebody shrieking "Dear God, that thing is Satan's own bauble!"

I watch WAY too many hyper-melodramatic old movies... (I have been watching the wonderful old Boris Karloff "Thriller" series--I highly recommend it to all fans of DS!)

G.

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Current Talk '08 II / Re: Convincing someone to watch DS!
« on: July 09, 2008, 04:24:44 PM »
I was considered a weirdo back in 1970 among my friends because I was still watching DS when just about everyone else I knew had given up on the show.  Since then, I've always been wary about attempting to "introduce" anyone to the show.

And I find it refreshing whenever a teenager writes in about loving the show. Without people such as yourself, no one will really care about preserving the legacy of our show!  Despite the role DS played in pop cultural history of the Sixties, I do think the shows have a "timeless" quality about them.

Grayson's episodes during the first six weeks or so of Leviathan are stellar.  One of my favorites is the one that is sort of a duet between herself and Nancy, when Julia is fretting over what happened to Barnabas in 1897 and psychically hears the voices of Magda and Charity talking about the disappearances of Barnabas and Kitty in the drawing room.  Great stuff.

cheers!  Gothick

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Current Talk '08 II / Joe Caldwell and Violet Welles
« on: July 08, 2008, 10:58:11 PM »
Last month, I received the DVD sets volumes 20 and 21.  Last night I finally had the chance to sit down and watch a little bit.  I was intrigued to see that Joe Caldwell was interviewed twice (as was Paula Laurence--her interview made me regret never having gotten to meet her, particularly since she was a friend of Grayson and Sam Hall's). 

It turns out that Joe Caldwell got the gig of writing for DS because he was at Yale and knew Ron Sproat.  When Ron started writing for the series, he wasn't always to get his assigned scripts done, so he would turn some of them over to Joe. Eventually Dan learned what was going on and liked Joe's work well enough to invite him to join the staff, which happened around the time of the first Laura Collins story.

Among the best writers for DS so far as I am concerned were Francis Swann (an author of Gothic novels, some of which you can buy cheaply enough on eBay or Amazon vendor), Malcolm Marmorstein, Joe Caldwell, and Violet Welles.  Violet also got her start ghost writing for a member of the regular staff--Gordon Russell.  I suspect that Violet wrote all of Gordon Russell's final batch of scripts for the series as well, because she mentions going back to the show at the very end and all those shows have Gordon's name on them.  I don't know whether Violet was interviewed for any of the DVDs.  Violet, according to a print interview that I believe was published by Dale Clark many moons ago, created the character of Count Petofi.

G.

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Current Talk '08 II / Re: Vampire Angelique's Reflection
« on: July 08, 2008, 10:51:56 PM »
ALL the Vampires on DS showed reflections in mirrors ... unless somebody was out to prove they were a vampire, in which case, they didn't (for about ten seconds).

I remember one of the first technical details I learned about DS was how heavily the cameramen and directors relied upon shots done in mirrors.  It helped open up what was really a very restricted amount of space in the studio.

G.

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Current Talk '08 II / Re: Was Grayson a beauty or what?
« on: July 05, 2008, 09:19:36 PM »
Of course, I heartily agree.  Grayson was Goddess! 

Taeylor, if you've never seen it, please please please get hold of SATAN IN HIGH HEELS.  Every Grayson Hall fan deserves hir own personal copy of that movie!

Though released in 1962, it was filmed around Nov. of 1960.

G.

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Retzev, the final clause of your last post completely sums up my feelings about the new Depp/Burton film project.

Still, I wish everyone involved all the best.

G.

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I would have to say Don Briscoe.  Beautiful eyes, gorgeous smile, great tits *wink* the man simply had it all!

I know this isn't what was intended in the thread, but I would have crawled over broken glass to have joined Louis Edmonds and Thayer David for drinks one evening at the Brittany du Soir.  Those two were so sophisticated, literate, wonderful gentlemen, and from what I have been able to determine, in real life were perhaps even more fascinating than the characters they played with such poise on the show.

G.

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It'll be interesting to see how they work in the inevitable (given that all movies today seem to be made for audiences aged 13-17) toilet humor, given that the original series never even had so much as a hint of a washroom.

G.

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Hi Taeylor, I think I once had a look at the Lara Zine and gave it to a friend of mine who's a huge Angelique fan.  If it's the zine I am recalling, you included a great shot of Cassandra in the zine.   Cassandra is my personal favorite Lara Parker role.

Hope you continue to enjoy DS.  The original show has a very different flavor from the 1991 remake.

G.

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My initial response to this topic is "Are you kidding?  Julia worked her ASS off at Collinwood!"  The favorite episode that comes to mind is the one towards the end of December of '68 when Carolyn is having an emotional meltdown over her mother's precipitous decline in health, Liz is on the brink of total catatonia and a deranged Joe Haskell is roaming the corridors plotting to kidnap Amy.

At one point, practically everyone in the house is whining for Julia, and the poor woman obviously doesn't know who to try to bitch-slap back to reality first! 

There's also the fact that she kept Barnabas on course everytime they were struggling to save the whole family from the latest supernatural menace and Barn kept going googly eyed over the latest faux-Josette ingenue... Julia really did have her work cut out for her!

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: A New Slideshow Is Coming
« on: July 03, 2008, 12:05:52 AM »
What a cool new development.  I've been mostly offline (and a travellin' man) for the past two weeks, but look forward to catching up with the new slideshow soon.

cheers, G.

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Thanks for posting that.  Marie Wallace is a living doll--and you're both fabulously talented people!

G.

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Current Talk '08 I / Re: New Dark Shadows Book
« on: June 18, 2008, 07:27:41 PM »
Hey Garth, I saw Frank's page on amazombie too and thought those previous pubs of his could put a few more curls into our own beloved Count Petofi's wiglet!

The comments regarding the content of same, in fact, were of a tone that reminded me of none other than ... the *original* Garth Blackwood!  Holy Hecate!

Still, it's all part of life's rich tapestry, eh?  (yes, I *am* going to Ontario soon)

Oh, as to time travel via the I Ching--it had nothing to do with physics, but everything to do with mysticism and eclectic 1920s occult explorations--I found the source for the notion in a book about Aleister Crowley (one of the inspirations for the Count Petofi character, btw) and some experiments he did with the I Ching and a form of "time travel" that was more like past-life regression.

cheers! GotheeeeEEEK

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Thanks, MB, for that link!  That magazine looks fascinating.

I always wonder if "staple holes" along the lines of those poor Maggie Evans had to endure in hoDS appear in the neck of somebody out in H'wood who's been "attached" to a project.  We live in perilous times!

G.

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Current Talk '08 I / Re: Which Bitch?
« on: June 18, 2008, 04:23:44 PM »
I have to confess that I adore that "insane chartreuse caftan thing" with the utterly weird rolled collar that Liz wore periodically from 1966 to 1971.  I really wonder why they made her wear it again in hoDS.  Was DC trying to scrimp and save that heavily on the wardrobe budget for the movie?  She looks like Lady Bird Johnson in that thing...  During 1968, I kept hoping for a scene where Cassandra was wearing the demented purple butterfly housedress while Liz was stalking around in the chartreuse caftan.  But as Sandor said so eloquently in 1897, "What might have been ... will never be!"

And yeah, Laura vs. Angelique has to be the most compulsively watchable catfight on DS because both ladies were so evenly matched.  With Julia's epic slap in the face to Cass, you felt that Julia could have left Cass a trashed, sobbing wreck had she chosen to do so ... but she, unlike the Witch Bitch, was too much of a lady to take things to that level.  I love how Julia smirks ever so slightly as she walks away and Cass vows vengeance...

G.

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