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Calendar Events / Announcements '08 I / Re: a "drag" of a reference.
« on: June 18, 2008, 04:12:06 PM »
In this delightful Youtube clip from '74, Jackie Curtis appears to be wearing one of PT Angelique's peignoirs as she performs "I enjoy being a girl":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UuD-M3p3zU

Lots of other Jackie clips on the Tube--take a look!

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '08 I / Re: Happy Birthday to Nancy!
« on: June 13, 2008, 11:42:59 PM »
Hmmm, Mysterioso Darling ... I keep seeing the words "hard" and "head" ... I just can't IMAGINE what the significance of all of it could be!  *bats eyelashes*

And, if you believe that, I've got some PRIME real estate on the Brooklyn Bridge to offer you...

winking, blinking and nodding

G.

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Current Talk '08 I / Re: barnabas and jeff clark
« on: June 13, 2008, 09:50:16 PM »
Hmmm.... crotch police needed for that disreputable Lieutenant Nathan Forbes?  I"m soooo THERE!

cheekily(!)

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '08 I / OT: History of Amicus Studios
« on: June 13, 2008, 09:46:51 PM »
Fans,

many of us who grew up loving Dark Shadows also grew up watching some of the fabulous films of Amicus studios either in the movie theatre or at home on afternoon and late-night showings.  Now the legendary Hammer film fanzine, The Little Shoppe of Horrors, is publishing a book-length history of Amicus as their 2008 issue:

http://www.littleshoppeofhorrors.com/

Some of Amicus' more celebrated productions include Dr. Terror's House of Horrors, the film version of Dr. Who and the Daleks starring Peter Cushing, Torture Garden, The Skull, the House that Dripped Blood, and many others.

I ordered some zines through the website earlier this year and the service was prompt and efficient.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '08 I / Re: Happy Birthday to Nancy!
« on: June 13, 2008, 09:42:57 PM »
Happy, Happy!  Joy! Joy!

It looks as if our Darling Mysterioso is being extra naughty again...

hugs, Steve  PS.  I humbly request you to eat EXTRA cake on my behalf!!!

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Current Talk '08 I / Which Bitch?
« on: June 13, 2008, 07:44:08 PM »
Fans,

Most of us prefer not to think of DS in the "soap opera" category; yet, historically,this was the format under which it was produced and the lens through which its home network of ABC viewed it.  (Two of the most entertaining clips on the DVDs are interviews with a gentleman who was put in charge of publicity for ABC's daytime schedule during the mid to late 1960s. His story about what happened when a couple of board members insisted on watching an episode of DS and were subsequently baffled by "Uncle Barnaby's" teeth is hysterical.)   

One of the mainstays of the soap opera format is the Bitch character that audiences love to hate.  I believe the most celebrated of these women in the entire genre was played by an actress (probably retired now) who is famous for having been nominated for an Emmy 20 times but never winning.  If memory serves, this actress had to go mano a mano with Sarah-Michelle Gellar when SMG was a deceptively innocent-appearing young actress on the soap. 

I was thinking about Angelique (known to a certain circle of my friends as "the WB," short for "Witch Bitch") and how she does, and does not, conform to the soap opera stereotype of the Bitch.  Probably the original portrayal of Angelique in 1795 comes the closest to the archetypal Bitch although in a more literary way than I think is common on soaps.  Ang doesn't just want Barnabas; she also wants the entitlement, privileges and status enjoyed by her mistress--"all the pretty things I have been denied" (there's a wonderful scene with Ben Stokes where she goes on about how she's going to have it ALL).   Her occult powers add an extra edge to her role as the conniving villainess, but initially, the character is a wronged woman who has been stepped on (if only in her own mind) by others and is determined to get revenge.

Cassandra upgraded the bitch elements an extra knotch.  She wore clothes that were more chic and fashionable than even Joan Bennett's, manipulated her husband outrageously, was two-faced and duplicitous. and went through some turn-on-a-dime mood swings.  When she crashed and burned, she ravaged the scenery brilliantly.

Probably the most classic soap bitch of all the Angelique characters was the PT1970 version.  A friend who's a huge Angelique fan actually refers to this one as "certifiably insane."  The whole Angelexis business allows for even more blatant instances of duplicitous, equivocating, manipulative behavior.  Manoeuvring Maggie into wearing the same dress she herself had worn at last year's ball was a classic Bitch sequence. 

The thing I find compulsively watchable with how DS handled the "bitch" stereotype is that the writing and acting always gives insights into why these women behave this way.  So, they never degenerate into cardboard cutout stereotypes.  With other "bitches" on the show such as Laura Collins, Minerva Trask, Samantha Collins, and the superbly unforgettable Suki Forbes, we've always understood that each woman had her own take on what had happened to her and a good reason (even if only in her own mind) for acting the way she did.  I think it's one of the aspects that sets DS apart from other soaps. of that day or any other.

cheers, G.

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Current Talk '08 I / Re: barnabas and jeff clark
« on: June 12, 2008, 10:03:23 PM »
I think the spinning through the air moment was the scene where a particularly sharp-eyed friend of mine stated that you could see the "virginal" Miss Winters' undergarments if you played the scene in slo-mo.  (For some reason or other, the undergarments of the ladies of the Great House don't especially intrigue me--although I admit to being fascinated by their habit of wearing high heels to bed!)

I can't remember whether it was Kosmo or another fan who wrote a hysterical short story about the *original* Burke Devlin trashing the 1967 Barnabas in a fistfight.  The scene where Barn was jumping up and down screaming "He bwoke my fang!" to a hapless Willie was truly priceless.

G.

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Thanks for the link, MB.  Ugh, what an abomination.  I really feel for the fans of those shows.  Soap played an important role in the history of gay men's representation in the media, too, from what I can recall--I was never able to watch the series.  It was what launched Billy Crystal's career, wasn't it?

G.

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Current Talk '08 I / Re: Top Ten Horror Themed Series
« on: June 11, 2008, 05:42:20 PM »
That's a very idiosyncratic list.  The Addams Family is comedy, not horror.  Still, I get a kick out of the notion that somebody out there thinks the dear old Night Stalker was the greatest horror show of all time.  And who knew anyone even remembered the very short lived Werewolf series of the late Eighties? 

My attitude to lists in general can be summed up by this bit of critique offered by Miss Jean Brodie:  "For those who like that sort of thing--that is the sort of thing that they like."

G.

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Current Talk '08 I / Re: Count Petofi's hand
« on: June 07, 2008, 11:11:55 PM »
Hi JS,

The Hand was in the box when Magda first showed it to Barnabas, upon her return from her trip to Boston in 1897.

G.

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Current Talk '08 I / Re: 1970 Parallel Time....not so bad after all.
« on: June 07, 2008, 11:07:02 PM »
It's just such a different experience watching the show on home video or DVD as opposed to viewing it, either back in the day of you are of "the Ancient Blood" (that phrase never ceases to amuse me), or in local UHF syndication in the Seventies, or on PBS in the 80s, or on Sci Fi in the 90s.

I'm strongly in favor of fans re-evaluating stories that have been labelled as failures ever since the 1960s because the ratings dropped or fans complained or whatever.

I recall during the original b'cast being intrigued by Parallel Time because its premise really set it apart from anything the series had done before.  Sy Tomashoff did a fabulous job making the sets look different, I think a couple of new cues were introduced by Bob Cobert, and Liz was even seen briefly wearing dowdy clothing!

I did not get to see any of Parallel Time again until I was in my mid-30s and the VHS tapes had been released.  But I had read about it in KLS' book, My Scrapbook Memories of DS, and was very excited by what she said about it in there.

And to Barnabas Jr, [spoiler]I always thought it was Quentin who killed Stella--but I can't remember exactly which bits of dialogue made me think that.  One reason may have been that the murder mystery as left hanging because David Selby's hospitalization in March of '71 meant that Quentin dropped out of sight for the last couple of weeks of the show.[/spoiler]

G.

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My own previous viewings also left me underwhelmed.  I watched the first half hour on Wed. evening and kept thinking "I can't believe I never noticed how good it is."  The VHS release was really awful--I remember not being able to get through it because the pan and scan was so bad.

I keep hoping that The Gorgon will be released over here.  On a completely non-genre note, I'm thrilled and excited that the Two Fat Ladies is doing to see a US release on 29 July.  I really hope they include the documentary about legendary chef Jennifer Paterson.  I can imagine her and Grayson having a ball talking about food and how insane, in general, people are!

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '08 I / Deep Discount Sale
« on: June 05, 2008, 11:22:33 PM »
The annual 20 percent sale at DeepDiscount.com is on.  This means you can get DS DVD sets there for around $35 each, I believe--maybe less!

The code that has been posted on the site I saw this on was DVDTALK.  Other codes are probably out there to use as well--maybe DVDUSA.  Check it out.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '08 I / Semi OT: "The Skull" (1965)
« on: June 05, 2008, 03:49:29 PM »
Fans of classic British horror films, and fans of the DS Judah Zachery storyline, will want to see the new DVD release of the 1965 Amicus studios production, "The Skull."  The movie boasts a stellar cast that includes Uncle Peter Cushing in the lead, Uncle Christopher Lee as a wealthy aristocratic occultist, the unjustly neglected Patrick Wymark as a seedy dealer in occult relics, and juicy roles for Michael Gough and Patrick Magee.  The score by Elizabeth "twelve-tone Lizzie" Lutyens is evocative of Bob Cobert's subsequent work on DS without really sounding like something that influenced Cobert (whose work tends to be more lyrical).  And, as if all that weren't enough, one of the demons mentioned in the film is Balberith, the name given in some sources for the dark Master of Nicholas and Angelique in the 1968 storyline's forays to the Underworld.

The DVD finally allows us to see this movie in something closer to the correct aspect ratio, though I'm not sure they managed to get it completely right.  I'm hoping to see a write-up by Tim Lucas with technical critique.  I also wonder who was really responsible for the screenplay. Milton Subotsky got the onscreen credit but the dialogue seems far too literate and complex to come from the hand of a hack producer.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '08 I / Re: a "drag" of a reference.
« on: June 04, 2008, 03:53:48 PM »
MSC, the gay bookstore in Boston (Calamus Books) had the Superstar in a Housedress book/DVD on sale about a week ago when I was last in there.  Did you try the Strand?  (You can look on their website, apparently, to find out if a particular title is actually in the store.)  I don't know whether the Oscar Wilde Bookstore on Christopher Street is still open--if so, I would think they would definitely carry it.

One of the funniest (unintentionally so) Holly Woodlawn moments, as far as I am concerned at least, is in the documentary about Quentin Crisp, Resident Alien, where Felicity Mason, a very dowageresque English lady who comes across as a female drag queen, burbles about Miss Woodlawn--"Holly is such a dear, sweet girl!  such talent!  and you know, she has the most marvelous skin!"  Juxtaposed with scenes from Woodlawn's ca. 1988 cabaret act, these comments come across as a total hoot!

I'm still convinced that Erica Fitz, who played "Leona Eltridge" in two episodes of the 1968 storyline, was one of the female impersonators glimpsed in the infamous 1967 documentary The Queen (another unforgettable relic of the Sixties).

G.

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