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Current Talk '06 I / The Voluptuous Horror of Grayson Hall
« on: March 07, 2006, 12:29:13 AM »
I'm in Heaven over the first two images from the Leviathan storyline today featuring Grayson Hall, first in Julia-goes-off-the-cliff mode, then in Julia-the-sly-artful-minx mode.  Heaven!

To me, Grayson Hall's acting is like Audrey Hepburn's "Breakfast at Tiffany's" Givenchy dresses.  With such perfection, who needs anything else??

G.

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Hey, as a suburban Maryland brat (anyone remember "Land of Pleasant Living"?) I remember Count Gore de Vol well.  He kind of set my teeth on edge at the time, actually, because I took the films so seriously.  Now, of course, the lustre of time has casts its graceful patina over the garish lineaments of his figure, which gleams in memory with a certain nostalgic witchery.  I'm still not sure I can forgive him all those rubber chicken gags, though.

The one I actually enjoyed was Sir Graves Ghastly.  I think I watched his show on Channel 48 out of Philadelphia.  His over-the-top persona amused me.  He has a website as do several of the horror hosts who are still living.

Just to make this somewhat relevant to DS, I'll never forget the thrill when Channel 20 ran a commercial for Dark Shadows in '76, the year it hit our local syndication markets.  They ran a spot that was basically a clip from the scene in 1795 when [spoiler]Barnabas attacked Millicent who had been lured to the Tower room by the nefarious Forbes.[/spoiler]
I still smile when I remember that clip and my friend Marc deadpanning to my Dad who happened to be in the room, "Well, when you're thirsty and you HAVE to have a drink, and there's no water fountain around..."

LOL!

G.

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Very pleased to hear about the new site!  I will be happy to offer my services if you want to have a couple of suggested templates for letters from members of the interested public to the revelant suits, available for download and copying on your site.

Best, Steve

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I love Barbara Steele's early Italian horror films.  There are still quite a few I have never seen.  I'm not sure I have the film you mention.  I do have one that has Edgar Allan Poe as a character in it. Steele has a short but effective part in that one.

I keep meaning to get Caged Heat, which I think dates to 1974 and is available at the rental place down the street from where I work.  I heard Steele had a great part in that.

G.

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Hope I'm among the fortunate few to get in on this offer.

All Hail Shilling Shockers and the mindnumbing, terrifying, grue-guzzling terror of THE TERROR!!!

Steve

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Current Talk '06 I / Re: I'm STUFFED! Eps 807-823
« on: February 28, 2006, 09:31:43 PM »
Hi Patti, during that period, Miss Scott was off in Africa with future husband and business partner Ben on safari.  *cue soft music, voiceover: "I had a fahm in Afrwica..."

As for Joan Bennett, she took time off in 1969 to finish writing the book about her family, The Bennett Playbill, and I believe she did some theatre in ... Chicago, maybe? around that time.

I thought it was very interesting that they showed that Petofi was not as in control of his magical powers--or perhaps it was "the Will of the Hand" that was at issue--as he pretended.

Grayson as Magda just takes my breath away.  So many wonderful moments.

Best, Steve

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DAMN and BLAST.

Darren here's my hope that the WB suits decide to issue the restored version of NoDS on a separate disc.  I'm sure there are extras for hoDS that could easily fill an entire DVD.  If nothing else, I'd love a commentary with Dan Curtis and Sam Hall.  It seems doubtful whether either of those gentlemen is going to be appearing at a festival, and would be very interesting to hear their reflections... and, of course, to see your restoration of the deleted scenes!

I'm lighting a candle in the wish it WILL happen.  To quote Dr. Julia Hoffman... it MUST.

Best, Steve

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Very groovy!  My first thought upon seeing the photo is "they're all singing the Monster Mash!"

Gads, that Garou is such a hot Wolf, too!

Cheers and congrats!

G.

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Poor Pete Duel.

Thanks for the links, Midnite.

G.

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Current Talk '06 I / Re: Sabastian "Jim Morrison" Shaw
« on: February 19, 2006, 08:13:34 PM »
Bruno's ranch poodle coat!  I want to forget, but I CAN'T.  It's like a scar over the carapace of memory.

I think the moment when Stroka enters with a line something like "Ya don't need to worry now--you've got BRUNO!" has to rank as some sort of pinnacle on DS.  Only to be surpassed by Hallie Stokes greeting to Barnabas and Julia "HUUUUU ARE YUUUUUU!"

The last year of the series was certainly memorable on a variety of levels.

G.

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Polls Archive / Re: Dark Shadows' central character.
« on: February 16, 2006, 06:28:58 PM »
I think in terms of acting, despite all the flubs JF's performance in the original 1967 storyline was tops.  His nervousness actually feeds into the characterization in a way that's quite brilliant.  Some of his scenes in that story are sooo creepy.  I honestly can hardly bear to watch some of the stuff when he's holding Maggie prisoner in the OH because it is so very unpleasant.  Even though practically nothing is shown, it is still some of the most horrifying material ever aired on a dramatic television series.

I can't really pin it down to a specific storyline after that, but generally, when it was an on day for him, there were fabulous moments throughout the four years.  Some of those Magda scenes were so spicy, and I love how sardonic he got with Julia during Leviathan when they were on the outs.  He was great opposite Angelique's various incarnations, as well.  I love the back-and-forth with Cassandra...

G.

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Current Talk '06 I / Re: Angelique engineered her own demise?
« on: February 16, 2006, 06:19:37 PM »
As I recall it,

[spoiler]When Angelique comes to the secret room to stake Barnabas after his death in 1796, and he rises to find her standing there with a stake at his heart, he makes a sarcastic comment about the curse and how since she "loves" him so much, she should be first in line to die.  I can't recall now whether he alluded to her being a victim of her own curse after her "death" in 1840.  Sam Hall's notes allude to her appearing as a ghost in the present, had they actually done the return-to-1971 storyline.

Lifting a hex is a very tricky thing to accomplish, but I'll spare you the nattering about magickal technique which isn't really relevant to this forum.  She could well have been able to make it possible for him to become human again, but the basic hex that anyone who loved him would die might still have had an influence over how events played out in 1841.  It's an interesting thing I had never really pondered before--probably because the writing was so loosey-goosey at that stage of the game.[/spoiler]

G.

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Current Talk '06 I / Re: DIED ... BY ... FIRE!!
« on: February 15, 2006, 10:15:28 PM »
Thanks for the info, MB!  I'd missed the shot on the captions board.  What a hoot!

It's probably a toss-up who is more fortunate; those who receive Laura's love, or the lucky men who win Angelique's admiration.

With the one, you get to attend the most dramatic barbecue of your entire life.   With the other, you may be strangled, hypnotised, turned into a cat, tortured with stabbing pains in your tender extremities. or cursed to roam the earth in a loveless existence for all Eternity!

Aren't the ladies of DS *special*?

Beaming, G.

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Current Talk '06 I / DIED ... BY ... FIRE!!
« on: February 15, 2006, 09:17:40 PM »
Can I just share that I'm finding the special V Day heart of an evilly glaring Laura Collins to be a raging HOOT?

The whole thing is (to my odd sense of humor) a perfect comment on the whole insanity of that "holiday."

I'd love to know which scene the image is from.  It reminds me of that wonderful moment when Laura is doing one of her spells at the fireplace and Liz taps her on the shoulder to have Laura turn and practically hiss with bared teeth.  Great, classic stuff.

Folks, there was no CGI back then.  It was all, every inch, just Diana Millay... doing her thing!

G.

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One of my favorites is in PT 1970 when Roger comments that one should not mention Angelique and Maggie in the same breath--it's rather like comparing a sable to a mouse.  (I love the bitchy smirk Parker gives in response to that comment, too.)

I believe that Nancy Barrett was quoted in Craig Hamrick's fabulous biography of Big Lou that acting opposite Edmonds was often like being in a Noel Coward farce.  He brought such sharp, acid wit to his performances on Shadows.

G.

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