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Calendar Events / Announcements '08 I / Re: Shadowgram Update #181
« on: February 25, 2008, 12:40:57 AM »
Joan Bennett as a Madam ... WOW!  That, I would love to see.  Maybe this show will be one of the vintage series up for DVD release later this year. I know I'm excited about VCI's plans to release Honey West.

I hope that there can finally be a screening this year of Grayson Hall's Playtex commercial to placate members of Her Legion.  I know that there must be a copy of it on one of the 1970 DS Master tapes because they contain all the commercials, and the spot was aired more than once during DS.

They'd better plan to repeat the commercial at least once because you know there will be screaming, stampeding in the aisles, etc. as soon as it starts!

All in all, it sounds like a fun Festival.  AND, it's all happening in Beautiful Downtown Burbank!  Will Ernestine be on the phone lines reminding us that somebody or other is "omnipotent"?

cheers, G.

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Hooray, Hooray!  I can't wait!  Thanks so much for sharing the new, Claude darling!

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '08 I / Re: Shadowgram Update #181
« on: February 23, 2008, 08:27:59 PM »
I watched The Governor and J. J. frequently but must have missed Miss Bennett's appearance on it. Of course, I last saw it IN 1970, so ...

G.

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Current Talk '07 II / Re: DVD Long-Term Availability
« on: February 19, 2008, 10:09:38 PM »
What staggers me is how the popularity of DS appears to be soaring.  Every month seems to bring a new bounty of press cuttings and pop culture references to the series.  And it hasn't been on any channel's schedule in several years now!

I would never have thought that something as lo-fi and "unique" as our beloved show would turn out to be the darling of the iWhatever age.

G.

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Current Talk '07 II / Re: DVD Long-Term Availability
« on: February 19, 2008, 06:37:15 PM »
There's a decent Wikipedia article about Blu-Ray that I skimmed through over the weekend.  From what it says, it appears likely that Blu-Ray players WILL be able to play older tech stuff (i.e. the older recensions of DVDs).

It will be interesting to see what develops from this point on, and whether the Industry will be able to coax consumers down yet another yellow-brick road of upgrading any and all movies and shows they own to the new format.  I'm not holding my breath.

G.

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Current Talk '08 I / Skunkabas
« on: February 17, 2008, 10:08:26 PM »
I am LMAOROFL at the MB's brilliant caption about Barnabas agonizing that Jeb has cursed him to walk the night at Pepe LePew!  Hilarious!

And, I'm sure I'm the ONLY fan trashy enough to notice that in the 1841 PT lottery storyline, it truly does look as if Morgan has taken a leaf out of the "Spinal Tap" songbook and now has a cucumber wrapped in foil down his trousers... perhaps he's preparing to serenaade Catherine with "lick my love-pump, baby" in the drawing room later in the evening??

cheers, G.

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Current Talk '08 I / Re: Dark Shadows: Why Such a Huge Gay Following?
« on: February 06, 2008, 04:08:59 PM »
One thing I tried to do in that article was to pull apart the whole notion of "Camp" and DS--I thought Sontag's work pointed to a way of thinking about the over-the-top semi-demented proceedings on the show that captured just how magical it all was.  And the innate poetry of some of the most extreme scenes and moments on DS and how this fits into the notion of "gay sensibility" which can be seen as a strongly creative force (albeit often underground) in the arts scene of the 20th century.

All rather a heady brew to bring to the table with our favorite show, perhaps; I'm not sure the result is a success. I have only vague memories now of what was going through my head when I wrote this (it was nearly 15 years ago), but I do remember that I wanted to tighten it up a bit.  I also wanted to write more about Julia ... writing this article probably did lead me to take on the Grayson project.

cheers, G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '08 I / Re: The Lair and DS
« on: February 05, 2008, 05:45:08 PM »
I watched the final three episodes of season 1 of the Lair last night and there's even more plot stuff cribbed from DS, particularly in the final show.

I do hope that the quality of the Lair improves with Season 2, as reportedly was the case with Dante's Cove (there seems to be a feature film version of this show in the works?).

G.

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Current Talk '08 I / Re: Dark Shadows: Why Such a Huge Gay Following?
« on: February 05, 2008, 05:40:30 PM »
Good Golly Miss Midnite, did you TYPE that with your own fair hands???  You deserve a golden Naked Selby award for such lioness-worthy efforts!!

One mistake I spotted which I presume was in the original was that I know I described myself as a "budding ten year old" in 1968, not 1966, because I was about to turn ten when I started watching DS back in June of '68 (now THAT feels like another country).

I think the address of the studio got scrambled, too--presumably in the printed text.

Nancy, if you see this, I'm very sorry about the mean things we've written about your friend. I obviously never even met the man, and I do feel compassion for him based upon what you have written.  I'm glad he's in a happier place now in his own life.

cheers, G.

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Current Talk '08 I / Re: DS Borrowed from Twilight Zone Episode
« on: February 04, 2008, 09:08:25 PM »
In House of Dracula, the insidious Count (thesped by our beloved Uncle John Carradine) comes to visit a very odd sanatorium run by this mad doctor.  Dracula feigns remorse for the evil he has wrought and tells the doctor he is seeking a cure.  But it's all just a ploy to get his fangs into the inevitable ingenue also staying at the castle.

I think this movie dates to 1944 or thereabouts.  Although the script and direction are spotty, it's worth seeing for the classic Universal 1940s stylish cinematography and setpieces.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '08 I / Re: Happy Birthday to Bette!
« on: February 04, 2008, 07:21:07 PM »
Many wonderful birthday wishes to a gal who's just the best!

Birthday hugs,

Steve

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Calendar Events / Announcements '08 I / The Lair and DS
« on: February 04, 2008, 05:19:12 PM »
A friend loaned me the miniseries from here! TV, "The Lair," yesterday, and my roomie and I watched the first three (of the total six) episodes last night.  This show is really the TV equivalent of junk food, but it's a fun way to put your brain on hold.  Each episode only lasts 25 minutes and the scripts are written like a vampire version of Mary Hartman! Mary Hartman! so it goes by fairly painlessly.

I was struck by a number of plot details and even some visual reminiscences that reminded me of DS.  The show also seems to owe a debt to Forever Knight (another favorite show of mine).  The only ref to Buffy tVS I could detect was the fact that one of the major vampires has a funny bleached-blond spikey hairdo but the guy is nowhere near as exciting as James Marsters' Spike.

For the record, in case it isn't glaringly obvious from the DVD art and promos, the show is aimed at a gay audience, and a lot of the strictly softcore sex is reminiscent of something directed by Chi Chi Larue, but there are very few instances of full frontal male nudity so far and the sex really isn't graphic enough to bother anyone who's reasonably open-minded in sexual matters.

Elements reminiscent of DS include the character of Damion, the leader of the vampire cult, who's brooding, conflicted, wears eyeliner, exudes an air of being powerful yet vulnerable, keeps a portrait of himself from the 18th century that he has to keep touching up because, like Quentin's portrait on DS, it changes to reflect the evil deeds his "curse" compels him to perform.
Then there's Frankie, who Damion always addresses as "Francis," who seems like Fred Olen Ray's take on the character of Willie.  The actor who plays Frnakie actually does a pretty good job with it.  There's a scene where Damion's hand is slowly reaching for Frankie's throat, and there's this ring with a very ornate bezel on the forefinger, that I found visuallly reminiscent of a shot in House of Dark Shadows. 

Another element coming up in the latter episodes is that the character of the protagonist, a reporter named Tom, turns out to be the reincarnation of Damion's lost lover from the 18th century.  The frame of the series is that Tom is being kept in a cell awaiting Damion's rising to come and claim him as his vampire consort--again, reminiscent of Maggie being kept in the basement cell in the 1967 storyline.

"The Lair" is probably too awkward and poorly-written to appeal to more than a very specific kind of audience, but I would be willing to bet that at least a few cousins on this board would have fun with it (I can imagine Penny Dreadful laughing her head off at some of the scenes).

G.

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Current Talk '08 I / Re: The Julia In My Head
« on: February 04, 2008, 05:04:31 PM »
I do take the point of this thread, but I don't entirely agree that Julia became a boring character after the characters got their Spring 1968 makeovers.  Julia still led the way when it came to duplicity and general craftiness (I just love it when Liz is having yet another meltdown into catatonia and Carolyn learns that Amy has disappeared just as she did in Liz's nightmare and hysterically asks Julia "What should I do??" and Julia glares at her and lets a beat pass and grits: "LIE to her!"  Classic stuff). 

And some of Julia's finest moments were in the Leviathan storyline, particularly the first six weeks or so, when Barnabas has also been recast with a suavely evil, debonair veneer, once again hiding a horrifying secret that he keeps this time from Julia herself.  Apart from their scenes together, a highlight of the series as a whole for me is Julia's confrontation with Angelique on Little Windward Island.

As I've written before, in my opinion EVERY storyline on DS had its moments of gold and its moments (sometimes hours unfortunately) of lead.  One circumstance that has led to many fans re-evaluating certain storylines is that we watch the show very differently now from how it was intended.  Many fans watch the show in marathon sessions--to relax on a Friday evening at the end of the work week, for example.  I don't hear much about fans having the discipliine (or just having the time in their schedules) to watch one episode per evening.  I certainly don't.

G.

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Current Talk '08 I / Re: Dark Shadows: Why Such a Huge Gay Following?
« on: February 04, 2008, 04:54:07 PM »
I'm looking at the article again and laughing--I would never use language such as "we get screwed in the end" in something meant for print publication, even in a draft.

Note to Joeytron:  do you own a copy of the zine itself?  I've never seen how it looked.

G.

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Current Talk '08 I / Re: Dark Shadows: Why Such a Huge Gay Following?
« on: February 04, 2008, 04:50:41 PM »
Just a further clarification--that article wasn't by me.  Sorry for the confusion.  (I was on the Boards briefly last night and tried to post that this wasn't my essay, but my attempt to post bounced due to a stupid bit of software wank.)

I'm pretty sure that the article Joey posted WAS by the editor of the zine.  I vaguely recall having seen this somewhere before.  In an academic book published ca. 1999 on media fandoms, fan fiction, "slash," etc. there was an article about the gay contingent in DS fandom that may have cited some of this, which may have been where I saw it before--I honestly can't recall.

cheers, G.

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