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Happy Birthday MB!

cheers, Gothick

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Calendar Events / Announcements '21 I / British DS pastiche from 2001
« on: April 09, 2019, 06:57:22 AM »
Fans, professional writer Daniel McGachey, who lives in the UK, was discussing with me his love of DS, which he originally learned about thanks to a 1980s TV broadcast of NIGHT OF DS. He was only able to start watching the series when the UK Sci-Fi channel starting showing it in the 1990s, though I think he mentioned getting hold of at least one videotape before that.

Daniel shared this synopsis of a short DS pastiche serial he wrote for a teenage girl's magazine (or possibly, a parody of a teenage girl's magazine), back in 2002. All the characters were named after actors on the show.

I'm pasting in the synopsis below.

Best wishes, Gothick

The Mansion of Strange Shadows - Bunty Annual 2002
Illustrated by Keith Robson

Chapter One - The House Through the Woods
Lara, Kat and Alex are amongst the class who have been taken to view the restoration work being undertaken on Nightshade Mansion. Legends have it that in 1795, mad Lord Jonathan, the 13th Lord of Nightshade Mansion, put a curse on the house and vanished, spiriting away the family treasure as he went.
In the basement, beneath the slabs, the museum team have uncovered a massive metal door with no keyhole but spaces for carved symbols to be placed.
As the girls break off from the school party, they find themselves in a room full of dusty old ornaments, before Kat seems to vanish into thin air.

Chapter Two - Cold Comfort
An amnesiac girl finds herself wandering toward the old house through a snowstorm. The house's inhabitants insist she is their cousin, Miss Kathryn, and all seem under the influence of their butler, Mr John. The family are prisoners for, every time the try to leave, there is a loud rumbling and a storm that shakes the house. Could the answer lie in the room full of precious things, amongst the ornaments and crystals and snowglobes?

Chapter Three - The Ghastly Gallery
Still looking for Kat, Alex and Lara split up and Lara finds herself in the family portrait gallery, where certain portraits seem more than lifelike. And when a mysterious artist restores the portrait of a young girl, Lady Denise, she begins to escape from her picture. But, if she escapes, she'll need someone to take her place. And why does the artist want to keep Lara away from the covered portrait of Lord Jonathan Nightshade?

Chapter Four - Out of Time
Alex follows a winding staircase up to the clock tower, where the ancient mechanism has been frozen for centuries. But, when she removes the strange metal symbol that has become trapped in the gears, the clock starts running... backwards. Phantom figures come and go as Alex is taken back, as a ghost, to the very night when Lord Jonathan Nightshade, fleeing a mob accusing him of witchcraft, places his curse on the old mansion, leaving it trapped within his evil shadow. He then disappears into the vault beneath the house, his power becoming complete and trapping Alex in the past.

Chapter Five - The Vault of Shadows
Having both recovered mysterious symbols during their adventures, Kat and Lara slot them into the huge door in the cellar floor, opening two of the locks and weakening Lord Jonathan's power so that Alex is restored to her rightful time. With the third key, they open the vault and descend to face the strange shadows within!

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Hi MB, yes, he did buy the set, but I'm not sure how much he has watched of it. I can ask him to send me the details again. I thought we had discussed it on here. I do remember another one that was marketed as a restoration and turned out to be the same old crap.

Talking of marketing old crap claiming it's restored, one of the major companies did that a month or two ago with the iconic Hammer studios classic, HORROR OF DRACULA. Very upsetting. I really can't write my thoughts about what has happened to that film since the recovery of some lost footage in Japan. The "restoration" turned into a classic case of how NOT to do a vintage horror film on "high definition" formats.

G.

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I'm not a Buffy fan (sorry) and I only glanced at this video, but it might be of interest to folks here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZWNGq70Oyo

It sounds like yet another chapter in what I consider to be the MUTILATION of many classic films and TV shows as they get "upgraded" into some weird concept of "high definition."

Also relevant for those who have followed the saga of the mangling of the 1991 DS series on home video. A friend told me that a few years ago, a properly restored edition was finally issued for 1991 DS but apparently it was a limited pressing.

Best wishes,

Gothick

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I'm sure this dates to the 1970s but I know nothing about it beyond that. Lovely to see Humbert again.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPkuxjfPlqA

Best, Gothick

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Calendar Events / Announcements '21 I / OT: New Nancy Drew series
« on: April 05, 2019, 09:52:43 PM »
Dear fans,

I never watched the Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys series back in the late Seventies, but I have seen some episodes in recent years on Youtube. I probably posted about spotting an extra wearing an Old Barnabas Halloween mask in a rock concert scene in the episode where Nancy and the Boys wind up investigating skullduggery in Dracula's castle.

I did see Pamela back when THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE came out, and subsequently caught her on DYNASTY. A very talented actress... I thought she was frequently upstaged by her super-teased 70s hairdo on this show:

https://tvline.com/2019/04/05/nancy-drew-pamela-sue-martin-cast-cw-pilot/

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: David H Question
« on: April 05, 2019, 06:18:17 PM »
It was during 1840.

David got some real zingers during the "Summer of 1970" storyline. I loved this one episode where Barnabas and Julia (who today would be said to be in full "helicopter parent mode") are discovered by David in his room with, I think, Carolyn, and he angrily blurts out: "What is this, a convention?" I sometimes wonder if he improvised some of that dialogue.

I've never read just exactly why David left. I think it was some kind of dispute with the "Master of Dark Shadows" (i find it hard to type those words without laughing).

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '21 I / DARK MANSIONS (1986)
« on: March 27, 2019, 12:13:34 AM »
Fans, I posted about this a few years ago. It's a 1986 TV movie produced by Aaron Spelling and clearly intended to be a thinly veiled nighttime series remake of DS. I think Joan Fontaine would have made a wonderful Elizabeth.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cXNghQR3h8

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Innovation's '91 DS Comic, Book 2
« on: March 26, 2019, 08:36:17 PM »
I am LOLing at today's quote. "Miss Vicki" makes it sound like Barn is going to ask her to "tiptoe through the tulips" with him on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show (only people of a certain age will get this, I guess).

cheers, G.

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Hope she's still keeping it wicked, wherever she is.

cheers, G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: WB ORDERS FILMING OF NEW DS PILOT
« on: March 11, 2019, 05:50:10 PM »
Ah, OK, now I see that there IS a slide show, but the one that's on display doesn't feature the captures you included in this post from last month. I imagine you simply haven't had time to do captures from the actual episode. And that's entirely understandable given how very heavily laden your plate is, MB!

All the best, G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: WB ORDERS FILMING OF NEW DS PILOT
« on: March 11, 2019, 05:45:54 PM »
I missed the 2004 pilot slideshow. All I've seen is the Innovation comics thing which I've stopped following.

The 2004 pilot was fun! Too bad it's not included on that new disc. At least it is available online on Archive dot org for those who want to see it.

cheers, G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '21 I / Re: 1970s cult TV movies
« on: March 09, 2019, 07:15:31 PM »
That's such an absurd episode of THE GIRL FROM UNCLE. It actually had a feature article in TV Guide because of the amazing giant toaster prop. The most absurd sequence in that particular story does not involve the giant toaster, however--at least, not directly. It has to do with a bouncing ball that just won't stop bouncing. Hilarious.

I also love the episode guest starring incredible British theater legend Margaret Leighton as another vicious THRUSH agent. The THRUSH ladies really left the men in the dust when it came to unbridled evil at its most ruthless and inventive.

SWEET SWEET RACHEL is a really good movie. Most of the episodes of THE SIXTH SENSE were bland and listlessly plotted, but I still enjoy watching the show. As is well known, several of the shows were edited down to 25 minute length to be shown as episodes of NIGHT GALLERY when the latter went into syndication. The irrepressible Harlan Ellison, who was involved either as a script writer or story editor on SIXTH SENSE, claimed that cutting the shows down 50 percent improved them considerably. Dear Harlan--what a laugh riot he was. And he wrote my personal episode of MAN FROM UNCLE, guest-starring Grayson Hall and Theo Marcuse.

cheers, G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '21 I / Re: 1970s cult TV movies
« on: March 09, 2019, 10:28:41 AM »
If you liked THE HOUSE THAT WOULDN'T DIE with Barbara Stanwyck (based on the novel AMMIE COME HOME by Barbara Michaels), you will probably love A TASTE OF EVIL (1971), also with Miss Stanwyck:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMHo7DjUj64

A much better role for her, in my opinion. Roddy McDowall is also on hand--this seems to be a remake of a 1961 Hammer film, SCREAM OF FEAR, though certain details of the plot were changed (might have been a case of a professional writer deftly recycling a script).

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Safe & Secure
« on: March 09, 2019, 10:20:43 AM »
Eccentric and very old artist Harrison Monroe showed his eccentricity in his elaborate home security system, complete with life sized dummy of himself as he looked in 1897 sitting in a chair in the receiving room. One of the more bizarre DS sub-plots.

G.

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