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Calendar Events / Announcements '05 II / Re: OT<Fearless Vampire
« on: October 14, 2005, 07:46:27 PM »
I'm definitely in the "Fearless Vamps" club.  I don't know, it just ... tickles my fancy!  My favorite parts are the scenes with Ferdy Mayne (Count Krolock) and the actor who plays his son (who was also in the Sixties cult film Wonderwall, with which George Harrison was also involved), and the whole Vampire Ball sequence.  I love the sets and photography, too, and the music is very unusual.  The sequence with the ancient vampires leaving their tombs still gives me shivers.

G.

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I second that emotion!  Like Midnite, I am not to be counted, since I was lucky enough to win one last time.  This is a really fine collection. I think my favorite song on it is the Book of Love's Witchcraft because it is just such fun.  I also found the two versions of the theme song to be very haunting and beautiful.

Penny Dreadful, you fiercely rule at the turntable!  Keep those platters spinning, girl!

doffing cap,

G.

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Current Talk '05 II / Re: barnabas and rachel drummond
« on: October 06, 2005, 04:52:49 PM »
I think they had a whole arc for Rachel planned that never got off the ground because KLS decided to take an extended vacation from the show (I think it was the safari in Africa thing) for several months.  So the character and her storyline came to an abrupt end.  I do agree that Rachel is probably the least satisfactory of all the KLS characters.  She just seems to have "helpless victim" tattooed on her forehead.

The only really good scenes with Rachel, from a dramatic point of view, are the ones with Trask.  I practically squirm watching them because Lacy's depravity is so palpable, it's like something icky between dropped down the back of your neck to watch him with KLS in those scenes.  Eventually the Rachel character does show some backbone in her scenes with Trask.

There are a couple of hints in the final weeks of the 1969 Quentin's haunting storyline (before 1897) as to where they were planning to go with Rachel's storyline, but only hints.

G.

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Current Talk '05 II / Most Evil Woman of ANY Century?
« on: October 06, 2005, 03:20:45 PM »
A couple of days ago when the images from the Leona Eltridge episodes (from 1968) were up on the front page, I started a post about Leona and what a unique lady she is, but found myself making comments probably inappropriate to the tone of these boards.

I'll simply say now that I find myself intrigued by Leona, her hair, her clothing, her husky voice, and even her formidable chin (one of the shots selected by the MB certainly showed that chin off to find advantage).

Erica Fitz, the Actress who performed as Leona (and, I would think, the Ghost of Danielle Roget?) also played the Goddess Venus in a 1970 movie called Hercules Does New York.  I think a friend of mine owns this movie (he collects Herculesiana) and I'll have to borrow this just to get another look at that shapely being who incarnated "the most EEE-vil woman of the Eighteenth Century."

smiling beguilingly,

Gothick

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Current Talk '05 II / Re: Episode 849
« on: October 06, 2005, 01:43:51 PM »
MB luv, thanks so much for posting those images again.  I just love all of them, but to my taste, the one of Thayer and Grayson takes the palm--those two together on screen are magic!

G.

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Current Talk '05 II / Re: random 1897 comments ...
« on: October 06, 2005, 01:33:43 PM »
MB, I love the card playing storyline in 1897!  I regard it as DS' very own tribute to one of my favorite films--the John Frankheimer early 1960s Manchurian Candidate (accept NO substitutes or remakes!).

Clarice Blackburn was particularly wonderful in a crucial scene of this storyline...

G.

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Current Talk '05 II / Re: random 1897 comments ...
« on: October 02, 2005, 10:04:17 PM »
Personally, I love all the wild and woolly antics of the 1897/Count Petofi storyline.  I think a lot of the credit for how good it was goes not only to Thayer David and the rest of the cast, but to Violet Welles who seems to have had the knack of using the supernatural intelligently in a television screenplay.  She wrote all the best 1897 episodes in my not-so-humble opinion.

As for Kitty, I think she's much more interesting in her original persona.  I find the whole Josette-rediviva thing a snooze-fest, although I agree that KLS and Frid had a wonderful chemistry together.  I just find the chance the original Kitty character gave KLS to show that she knew how to do more than just fall apart onscreen to have created some of her finest moments on the series.  Once Josie starts seriously taking over, that comes to an end.

I guess we all find personal strengths and weaknesses, favorites and not-so-favorites, in watching this extraordinary series.

G.

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Current Talk '05 II / Re: Episode 330
« on: October 02, 2005, 01:24:48 AM »
Rainey love, your comments re poor Clarice's wig and hat would have me hooting at the rafters, had I been raised with less stringent a degree of protestant self-control...

mscbryk I am afraid I mentally pronounce your name "Ms. Seabrook."  It took me a really long time to notice your profile pegs you as a boy... not that it really matters out here in the wastes of cyberia...

G.

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Current Talk '05 II / Re: Episode 330
« on: September 30, 2005, 10:46:06 PM »
I swear, I look at that picture of Clarice, and all I hear is "I'll GET you, my pretty--and your little DOG, too!"

G.

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Current Talk '05 II / Re: The 2004 WB Pilot
« on: September 30, 2005, 07:51:56 PM »
That's an interesting idea that they would roll it again for next year's Festival, Buzz.  I was under the impression that it was locked away, full fathom five, with no likelihood of ever seeing the light of day again, due to legal stuff around the use of the material.  but what do I know?

G.

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Current Talk '05 II / Re: The 2004 WB Pilot
« on: September 30, 2005, 06:07:51 PM »
Thanks for sharing those thoughts, Buzz.  You and I are in agreement about the 1991 series (although I still think it deserves better the treatment being meted out to it in the forthcoming DVD release), so your comments make me all the more curious about the 2004 pilot.  Of course, it is highly unlikely I will ever see the latter, but those are the breaks in that tough town called Holly Wood! *cackles*

G.

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Well, I'd say there's a lot in Karlen's onscreen performance that excavates lots of layers to Stefan's character as the film unfolds.  One of the best is his scene with Delphine Seyrig as they begin swapping stories about Countess Bathory.  I'm pretty sure that scene was done as was most of the movie in one take.  Incredible stuff.

If you get this DVD, you have to listen to Karlen's commentary.  I was struck that Anchor Bay also got the director to do a commentary so we also get to hear his side of things.

One of the many reasons why Anchor Bay is (or was) one of my favorite firms...  Too bad THEY couldn't have done the work on the 1991 DS!  but, I lacerate myself needlessly...

G.

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Current Talk '05 II / Re: Episode 330
« on: September 30, 2005, 03:43:44 PM »
mscbryk (I know it's none of my business, but is your handle some sort of acronym?), I absolutely agree about Clarice's fab performance in episode 69!  And that's a great snap of her with Burke on the front of the site today.

Like Roger, it's really sad about how watered-down Mrs J's character became in the later years.  I can see the original Mrs J giving the ghost of Quentin Collins a good salty piece of her mind if he had tried to pull the tricks on her that he did in those 1969 episodes!

G.

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Current Talk '05 II / Episode 330
« on: September 29, 2005, 09:57:55 PM »
Special thanks to MB today for the gorgeous shot of Julia in one of the prettiest bits of clothing she was ever allowed to wear on DS!  I still wonder whether Grayson just walked off the set wearing that coat, though tweed really was not the Divine One's style (there was a chic leather coat she did favor when was adopting what she fondly liked to call her "Bulgarian peasant widow" look--head scarf and huge insectoid dark glasses).

G.

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Well, I'm sure I'm not the only "ancient blood" fan (as those of us who watched DS during its original broadcast are sometimes known) to recall vividly an encounter between Mama Cowsill and Jonathan Frid on the briefly popular evening series The Generation Gap. (An episode of this program featuring David Henesy and his Mom was shown at a DS Festival a few years back.)  Frid appeared in full Barnabas regalia surrounded by masses of dry-ice induced "ground fog" in a stunt on the show. Mama C correctly identified him as Barnabas Collins from Dark Shadows.  I remember noting her New England accent and being charmed.

I hope Barry shows up soon.  If it's any consolation, just last week I saw a friend of mine who had moved to NOLA and just returned to Mass.  He'd stayed on 9 days after the Katrina disaster in an apartment he said was on the edge of the French Quarter.

G.

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