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Current Talk '22 I / Re: WB ORDERS FILMING OF NEW DS PILOT
« on: March 11, 2019, 04:50:10 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 '22 I / Re: WB ORDERS FILMING OF NEW DS PILOT
« on: March 11, 2019, 04:45:54 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 '22 I / Re: 1970s cult TV movies
« on: March 09, 2019, 06:15:31 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 '22 I / Re: 1970s cult TV movies
« on: March 09, 2019, 09:28:41 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 '22 I / Re: Safe & Secure
« on: March 09, 2019, 09:20:43 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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Wonderful film. There is kind of a roundabout connection in that Edward Lionheart (played by Vincent Price) seems like the kind of actor who would have been right at home at Collinwood.

Ian Hendry, who played John Steed's original partner on THE AVENGERS, is also on board. A couple of years ago, another of Ian's missing episodes, "Tunnel of Fear," was found and issued on DVD in the UK. Although Ian and Diana have scenes together in THEATRE OF BLOOD, they never worked together on THE AVENGERS.

G.

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As Grayson used to say: "Who can figure anything?"

Trailer is up:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kevjwzLxU4

It's pretty obvious that the documentary will continue to promote the myth that Dan Curtis was somehow responsible for the success of Dark Shadows. I really think he had very little to do with it. I hope they do mention that Bert Convy was Dan's choice for the casting of Barnabas, but I am not holding my breath.

Rather scary that Roger Davis was interviewed. Also, apparently recent interview footage with a heavily bearded John Karlen.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '22 I / 1970s cult TV movies
« on: March 02, 2019, 10:32:44 AM »
Dan Curtis's daughter Cathy is interviewed briefly in this article. NIGHT STALKER and TRILOGY OF TERROR are mentioned.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-st-tv-horror-movies-20190301-story.html

G.

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Justin Sayre is a comic genius, that is, for those of us who like really twisted forms of comedy with loads of references to queer counter-culture.

Thanks, MB!

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '22 I / Re: Master of Dark Shadows Blu-ray
« on: February 26, 2019, 10:40:00 PM »
More info about this disc has been announced. One of the extras is to include one of the Art Wallace "The House" broadcasts. Apparently there were two of them, one longer than the other, but I was unable to find information that specified which one.

Frid's Dick Cavett show appearance was mentioned as well. I remember watching that back at the time. The Merv Griffin one, which I did not think was all that interesting, has been available for years.

Of course, still no notice as to whether one of the "vintage TV spots" mentioned will be the legendary, long-coveted Grayson Hall Playtex commercial, which did air as part of some broadcasts of the show back in 1970.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '22 I / Re: Semi OT: DRAGONWYCK (1946)
« on: February 22, 2019, 09:27:44 PM »
Hi Philippe, the complete film was available on you tube when I checked last month. I got the disc out of the library because it was available from there and I generally prefer watching things on disc--it looks much better and sounds much better.

Best, Gothick

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Calendar Events / Announcements '22 I / Re: Semi OT: DRAGONWYCK (1946)
« on: February 20, 2019, 03:09:40 AM »
One thought that I had was that the original concept of Roger (as outlined in the Art Wallace story bible, the "Shadows on the Wall" material) might have been based on Nicholas van Rijn (pronounced van Ryan), the Vincent Price character in DRAGONWYCK.

There's also a ghost who is heard singing and playing the harpsichord from the old music room of the house, an unhappy bride who is said to have put a curse on the family... so many scenes made me think "this is a movie for DARK SHADOWS fans."

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '22 I / Semi OT: DRAGONWYCK (1946)
« on: February 20, 2019, 12:37:42 AM »
Over the holiday weekend, I finally had time to watch DRAGONWYCK (1946), which I had checked out of the library on DVD. Co-starring Vincent Price and Gene Tierney, this movie was based on a novel by Anya Seton. It was considered to be a kind of follow-up to REBECCA (1940), but the 1946 film was set in the 1840s and included material about the feudalistic patroon landholding system in the Hudson Valley (and made reference to the events that led to the system's ultimate demise).

I was surprised at how much like DS the movie seemed. The titular mansion (which is seen in various shots that are obviously paintings) actually does look somewhat like Lyndhurst, but the resemblances to our show have more to do with mood, dialogue, story elements, and atmosphere. The lead ingenue, played by Gene Tierney, has dialogue in an early scene about wanting to meet "people I've never met, places I've never seen" that seemed to foreshadow a certain young governess's thoughts as she boarded a train to Collinsport, Maine in 1966.

Apparently there were some heavy script cuts both during and immediately after filming. Two of the most interesting characters, a creepily mocking housekeeper (named Magda!) played by Spring Byington, and the disturbed daughter of the Patroon of Dargonwyck, simply disappear about two-thirds of the way through the picture, without any explanation.

If you scroll down here, a film buff mentions the influence of DRAGONWYCK on DS.

https://www.hometheaterforum.com/community/threads/a-few-words-about-%E2%84%A2-dragonwyck.272533/

The movie seems to be shown somewhat regularly on TCM.

G.

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And the Blu Ray and DVD editions of the new documentary are now available for pre-order on various online retail sites. I don't see any news about the contents of the disc, however.

Ironically, today I also saw a news item about a major electronics manufacturer ceasing production of Blu Ray players.

G.

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For some reason, the date wasn't repeated in what I just posted, but it seems to be April 13.

Best wishes,

Gothick

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