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Have we gotten a formal announcement about the Festival from the Festival committee?  I suppose we must have done, otherwise you wouldn't have known for a fact it was going to be at the Bklyn Marriott.

What are the dates, please?  I would like to attend, if at all possible.

Steve

5027
Current Talk '05 II / Re: 1968 TV Poll
« on: December 13, 2005, 11:04:32 PM »
Thanks for posting those clippings, MB.  I'm amazed that Dark Shadows was given any press at all in that publication, given the statements in a couple of published histories about various Christian activist groups' dislike of the series.  Looks as if the Church took a more lenient view than some others...

I have to say I almost broke out laughing at the retitling "Dragnet '68"; I suddenly had this image of Sergeant Joe Friday and his partner with poker faces in love beads, tie-dye and bell bottoms...

Reading this list makes me wonder how many of the top 20 shows of 2005 will be remembered 37 years from now?

G.

5028
I have this vague, nagging memory of a thread about the music CDs from some years ago in which a very knowledgeable fan either stated outright, or speculated, [spoiler]that the "bongo freakout" cue was originally recorded for the 1970 Destruction of Collinwood sequence.[/spoiler]

I believe the discussion concerned cues that still had yet to see release on CD, or any other format for that matter.

Golly, some of those holiday smilies are frightening!

G.

5029
Current Talk '05 II / Episode 382
« on: December 13, 2005, 05:13:32 PM »
Once again, I salute the MB for his skill at capturing special moments on DS!  I'm in love with the image of Grayson Hall, Clarice Blackburn, and Joan Bennett together from today's 1795 episode, #382. Just as fabulous is the great snapshot of a horrified Natalie and Abigail gloating over Vicki's "satanic" charm bracelet.  Priceless!

Thanks again, MB!

G.

5030
Well, I don't collect autographs, but I'll confess that I was thrilled the day I received an autographed headshot of Martin Cummins in the mail, along with a very handsome portfolio of P:tL publicity materials, including several other autographed 8 x 10s of various cast members.  I have kept it among some other cherished possessions such as original magazine articles about Grayson Hall, the zine with a portrait of Peter Cusihing I was able to have the most gentlemanly of all British horror icons sign when I met him at a convention in the mid 70s, and various other bits of olla podrida from days gone by.

Thanks for your sharing your own thoughts about Poltergeist: the Legacy, MB.

Best, G.

5031
MB darling, you're not well enough acquainted with me to be aware of the fact that during the years when Pt:L was on the air, and for SEVERAL years afterwards, I had a collage of pictures of Martin Cummins prominently displayed in my bedroom.  Very high school, I know; I make no apologies as Martin was and is a thoroughly Luscious gentleman, luscious in every sense of the word!  I still follow his career as best I can.  He's made quite a name for himself in the world of independent film, while keeping bread on the table with recurring minor roles on various WB series filmed in Vancouver.

As for Robbi, I may not have slavered over her the way I did over Martin, but I certainly have a very high admiration for her thespian prowess.  It's a shame she hasn't found more work since P:tL went dark, but I presume this is because she found much more interesting ways of occupying her considerable talents than in "the Industry."

I really hope that MGM does a better job with this show than they did with DS '91.  I'm not expecting any extras, of course--I know better than that where chintzy MGM is concerned!

I would appreciate it, MB, if you can post any links that happen to cross your desks related to this release in this thread, if the occasion arises.  I thought P:tL gave an interesting template for what a DS style series could look like with a reasonable budget and good casting in the 1990s.  I still think Helen Shaver would have been an excellent choice for Julia in the 2004 pilot.

G.

5032
Calendar Events / Announcements '05 II / Semi OT: Poltergiest: The Legacy
« on: December 11, 2005, 08:54:35 PM »
Dear Fans, back in the mid 90s, there was a series on called Poltergeist: the Legacy.  It was about a group of people investigating supernatural/paranormal occurrences around the world, and was set in a spooky mansion on Angel Island in the San Francisco Bay area.  There were a number of episodes that reminded me of DS, and the situation between the head of the group (played by wonderful Dutch character actor Derek de Lint) and the psychiatrist, Dr. Rachel Corrigan (portrayed by the equally fabulous Helen Shaver) had a certain resonance between a certain tormented member of the Undead and his own "Physician to the Vampire."

A friend alerted me that MGM are releasing the first season of this series on DVD.  Season one is slated for an early Feb release.  I have mixed feelings about this, given what a mess MGM made of the DS revival series release.  Am hoping that the reviews demonstrate better handling of this series, though I have to say that the mock-up of the box artwork does not inspire confidence...

I am posting this here for the benefit of other fans of both shows who may be interested.

Best, G.

5033
OH yeah!  PD rocks the house, and in SO many ways!

G.

5034
PennyDreadful darling, I LUFF EET!  You get a platinum star for using the word "lugubrious," too!

Day-um, wish I could see the whole "terrifying" thing! (love the mention of "brandies in the Drawing Room," too!)

Doffing my cap and bowing low at the feet of a true Mistress of the Gothick Horror!

G.

5035
Current Talk '05 II / Re: nancy's neck
« on: December 08, 2005, 08:02:21 PM »
In one of the most shocking scenes in all DS, [spoiler]an enraged Barnabas bites Countess Nathalie du Pres to force her to submit to his scheme for Josette. This happened in the THIRD visit to 1795/96/97 after the end of the 1897 storyline.  Barn also attempted to bite Dr. Julia Hoffman in 1840, but circumstances helped keep the bite from actually happening.

As for Joan Bennett, she was the victim of Vampire Dirk (played by Roger Davis) in an equally shocking sequence in 1897.  Although publicity stills showed Liz discovering Barn in or by his coffin, the scene was never enacted in the series.[/spoiler]

Gothique

5036
MB, how about the scene in PT 1970 when [spoiler]the now totally insane Stokes is running around Collinwood splashing gasoline everywhere? I think there might be a struggle, too, between Stokes and Barn?[/spoiler]

Darren, anything I can do to help out in your NoDS project, I do very gladly!

Steve

5037
Current Talk '05 II / Re: 15 years ago today
« on: December 08, 2005, 12:04:15 AM »
I love Joan Bennett.  She was one of life's originals.  Her brilliance and beauty are a constant gift.

Rest in peace, dear heart.

Steve

5038
Hey Penny Dreadful, just now caught up with these pictures.  Now that's what I call SPOOK-tacular!  You guys did a fabulous job.  I love the cute werewolf makeup, (and Garou is a hysterical name!), and your Witch costume is to die for (literally! hahaha!) and what better location than Collinwood for such an adventure?

I think it's hysterical that you chose The Terror, too, since they filmed it in three days on leftover sets and it definitely has a Drunk (?) Shadows feel to it!  Nicholson's nasal, uninflected attempt at a performance could even be seen as an inspiration for the thespian (?) technique of Craig Slocum!

Best wishes for your project.  I don't have cable, so unfortunately I won't be able to tune in, but maybe I'll get to see a clip or more shots on your website.

All the best! Keep up the great work!

Steve

5039
I guess the NoDS bridge fight music is different from the "zombies' bongo freakout" thing heard during the destruction of Collinwood sequence at the end of the Summer of 1970?

G.

5040
Current Talk '05 II / Re: Christmas festivals in Collinsport
« on: December 06, 2005, 07:42:35 PM »
spoken of course by Alistair Sim--the ONLY Scrooge, in my book...

G.

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