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Current Talk '06 I / Re: Who else loves Parallel Time?
« on: January 18, 2006, 09:33:20 PM »
I've also posted several times over the years about how fond I am of PT 1970.  I thought this story worked much better than the attempt to do a PT 1841 story, presumably because the writers had a bit more time to set things up (despite how frantic things were preparing for the filmshoot).

I love so many things about PT 1970: what Sy did with the sets; a few new music cues to suggest a different universe; Hoffman, Hoffman, Hoffman!; Louis' superbly arch and bitchy twist to the new Roger (obviously meant to suggest Clifton Webb in Rebecca, but I really do think Edmonds made this character fully his own); the fabulous Angelique/Alexis dual role for Parker; Thayer's wonderful work late in the game as alcoholic, delightfully seedy mad scientist Tim Stokes; the fabulous (and much mourned) Paula Laurence as Aunt Hannah; Lacy's gig as a butler; great roles for Elizabeth Eis and John Harker; Bennett's initial characterization of PT Liz as a dowdy mouse; and who can forget Claude North, Chris Collins' secret gay lover?  (OK, so I made that last bit up, but I can't think of anyone more deserving of Chris than our own Claude!--OK, Sandor, so you guys can work out a time share!!).

Deserving of her own paragraph is Barrett's work as Carolyn Stoddard Loomis.  I happen to think that Barrett did some of her very finest, most nuanced work onscreen in this part.  If daytime Emmies meant anything, she should have been nominated for this.  Equally fine, of course, is Karlen as alcoholic, washed up hasbeen writer Will Loomis.

I could still mention things I love about the storyline, such as the seance sequence and the haunting of Damion Edwards story, and the fact that Collinsport finally gets an English Inspector (just off the boat from Scotland Yard??) to investigate the murder mystery.  Just great stuff.

G.   

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Jackie those are great captures!  they show up beautifully for me.

For those who are interested, the two "sisters" I mentioned are on the (viewer's) far right in the photo. Abe Vigoda is next to them, ie third from the right.

G.

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Well, I personally am a huge fan of the movie The Devil's Daughter.  I'd seen it back in the day and didn't remember much about it, apart from Winters' over the top performance.  About 12 years ago I was able to tape it when it was on around 2 a.m. on a local station and a friend recently made a DVD-R for me from my old tape, which looks pretty darn good!

The movie is well worth seeing, I'd say.  Frid's role is more than a walk-on; he plays an important part in the Belinda Montgomery character's gradual understanding of what's happening to her.    As another fan commented, his final scene in the movie packs a poignant punch.

Winters is a hoot, and if memory serves, Abe Vigoda plays one of the cultists.  I think the movie was directed by Jeannot Szwarc who worked a great deal on Rod Serling's Night Gallery series, and Joseph Cotten has a nifty little role in it.  The Belinda Montgomery character is somewhat reminiscent of Vickie Winters in her "I don't understand" mode--I mean, if you walked into somebody's living room and there was a giant picture of Satan over their fireplace, wouldn't you think they were more than just "eccentric"?  There are also these priceless two white-gloved garden-hat-wearing ladies who live next door, played by two character actresses whose names escape me.  Their scenes add a disturbing note (because of how they're played) to the otherwise rather campy goings-on.

Some of those Seventies TV movies are surprisingly well done.  Anybody remember Crowhaven Farm, with Hope Lange battling seventeenth century Witches in New England?  Or Soimething Evil, with Patty Duke, where she has to paint a fullblown 9 foot magic circle on her floor to protect her family?

G.

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Current Talk '06 I / Re: "Blood and Roses" and DS
« on: January 18, 2006, 04:45:46 PM »
Vlad, Amazon does have a page for Blood and Roses, I believe.  I don't know why there is no link to the IMDB page for the movie.  The link gives you the usual list of vendors who offer copies of the old VHS (released sometime around 1989-91, I believe).  I checked eBay the other day but nothing turned up apart from a handful of stills and lobby cards.

G.

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Current Talk '06 I / Re: "Blood and Roses" and DS
« on: January 18, 2006, 02:37:37 AM »
Darren, words fail me.  Thanks for your thoughts.  I knew you would appreciate the value of Roses, as you have of many other films I cherish.

Steve

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Current Talk '06 I / "Blood and Roses" and DS
« on: January 17, 2006, 08:24:07 PM »
Fans, towards the end of a somewhat stressful weekend, I felt in need of a treat, and pulled out my ageing (getting on to 15 years old now) VHS of Roger Vadim's film "Blood and Roses" (originally titled in French, "Et mourir de plaisir"--To die of pleasure!).  I'd forgotten just how many of the elements we know and love in DS were present in this early 1960s feature film.  A family curse, a resemblance to a mysterious portrait, a costume ball, a mystical melody that heralds the appearance of the vampire, the withering of a rose as a sign of the vampire's touch, a symbol-laden prophetic dream (brilliantly filmed by cinematographer Claude Renoir), 18th century personalities impinging on a 20th century setting, and, most strikingly, [spoiler]the appearance of a bloodstained white dress in a mirror, a sequence restaged in the 1795 storyline in the scenes where Angelique was preparing for her wedding to Barnabas.[/spoiler]
Maddeningly, the movie appears to be unavailable in any format.  The Paramount VHS release is the US theatrical print which is missing something like 15 minutes of footage that was in the original European release.  For years, I've been hoping that a restored print would be made available.  I can only guess that the source materials for this simply do not exist.

Nevertheless, the movie is something to keep your eye out for, if you're in the mood for something "in the vein of" DS (Patti, I honest-to-Goddess did not mean to commit that tacky pun!).  I actually think scenes from this movie play more like the original television DS than either hoDS or NoDS did.

G.

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Polls Archive / Re: Places to live on Dark Shadows
« on: January 16, 2006, 02:00:05 AM »
Petofi, that's a fabulous picture of the Petofi Mill set!  Thanks for sharing it!

Best wishes,

Gothick

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Polls Archive / Re: How many times have you watched the entire run of DS?
« on: January 16, 2006, 01:20:27 AM »
Of course, there are quite a few shows that I've viewed many times--many the Cassandra and early Leviathan shows.  I'm quite fond of early 1897 as well, and I'm Mad About Petofi!

G.

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Polls Archive / Re: How many times have you watched the entire run of DS?
« on: January 16, 2006, 01:17:07 AM »
I doubt whether I'll ever get to watch the entire show from start to finish.  There are still a few episodes missing from my little collection.  I meant to order the tape that has the scene where Liz tells Vicki her ghost story (at the end of the Matthew Morgan storhyline) but forgot to make a note of the episode number so I could figure out which MPI tape it's on.

Maybe when I'm retired I'll have time for it...

G.

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I'm afraid the real answer to this question is sloppy writing.  The only character allowed to call Barn and Jules on their constant use of "I'll explain later" was Prof. Stokes.  His lines were so distinctive at times, I've often wondered whether Thayer rewrote some of his own dialogue.

I'm quite sure that after awhile, Stokes DID know about Barnabas.  After all, even before his venture into the world of The Dream, he already had a very sharp suspicion that it was Cassandra who was the Witch.  Witchcraft is a lot easier to hide than Vampirism, ergo I presume the Professor must have figured it all out.

I'm surprised to hear that MPI is out of stock on the Collectors Series tapes. I just ordered three of them two months ago and received them without any problem.

Best, G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '06 I / Re: OT-Support Your Local Vampyre
« on: January 13, 2006, 11:21:19 PM »
His name is Jonathan, and he drinks the blood of his wife... JULIE??

I have to say, the cape is divine!

Penny, maybe you can get him to be a guest on your show?  Better wear your garlic flowers, though!

G.

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Well, in the novel, Valmont was an active, predatory bisexual... I seem to recall a scene at an inn, though I may be confusing this with one of Smollett's novels--it's been a long time.

Maybe I should consider going to see this...

G.

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Belated Happy Birthday, Penny Dreadful!  Hope your day is a splendidly festive one!

Best, Steve

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Current Talk '06 I / Re: Julia at the Blue Whale
« on: January 12, 2006, 09:38:01 PM »
Jean-Claude baby, what a rockin' dream!  I wonder whether the "toast points platter" comes with a tweed garnish.

Only scene I remember where Julia went to the Blue Whale was the one Bette mentioned.  There's a hilarious scene where Darryl Schaffer as Julia visits the BW in one of the Cheep Productions fan videos that have been shown at the Festivals.  The producers cleverly intercut Darryl-as-Julia with actual footage from a 1967 episode of DS set in the bar.

G.

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Polls Archive / Re: Places to live on Dark Shadows
« on: January 11, 2006, 08:42:26 PM »
Adam's hiding place for Carolyn was actually a root cellar.  I found the ruin of one of these while exploring an island in the Boston harbor last Spring with some friends.

There was a fishing shack that wound up going up in flames in 1967; it was meant to be on or adjacent to the estate grounds, I believe.  There was also an abandoned hut near the beach where Angelique kept Barnabas a prisoner for a couple of days in 1968.

G.

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