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Current Talk '05 I / Re: vampire fashion
« on: June 13, 2005, 08:58:18 PM »
I doubt whether this answers your question, but in the uneven (yet often excellent) series Forever Knight (1992-95, filmed in Toronto), the vampires hung out at a Goth club, and several of them did the Goth fashion thing.  It seems to me that at this point the association between vampires and Goth fashions was already established--another film that comes to mind is "The Howling II" (1984) in which the werewolves dress and behave like Goth club kids.

Going back to the late Sixties and early Seventies, some of the modern-day films such as "Dracula A. D. 1972," "The Satanic Rites of Dracula," "The Return of Count Yorga" and even perhaps "house of Dark Shadows" seem to have contained some of the seeds of the Goth look.  There are books out documenting the history of Goth culture; perhaps that would be the place to try to pinpoint the association between this fashion style and vampirism more accurately.

Here in New England, the self-proclaimed "Official Witch of Salem" Laurie Cabot is the one who popularized the idea that Witches run around in yards of dark crushed-velvet fabric with false eyelashes above and below and enough eyeliner to sink the Lusitania.  I know a Priestess who has a shop in Salem who was trained by Cabot in the Seventies and who still dresses this way to this day--she is now a Grandmother.  She is a very sweet person and loves to share what she knows.  I've never tried to discuss the whole weird "Witch fashion" thing which I find over-the-top and unnecessary, although as my friends will tell you, I enjoy a good costume do as much as the next person!

Best wishes,

G.

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Groovy!  I'm excited that you have so many ideas!

I had two ideas for videos that I know you would do brilliant versions of, but I'm sure you already have plenty on your plate for the summer.  Just for the Hell of it, though, these are my ideas:

(1) Julia Hoffman, Dominatrix (alternate title Julia Hoffman, Control Bitch) Maybe to a Debbie Harry song, have scenes of Julia (Hoffman from PT could be included too) giving orders, being bossy, cutting open Joe's shirt (just watched this last night and realized how IN CONTROL the good dr was), and, of course, slapping people!

(2)  It's Raining Men--to the Weather Girls song (or some other silly pop anthem), have a gallery of studly men from various storylines of DS.  I think DS was ahead of the game in finding excuses to have shirtless men appearing on the show, well before it became such a TREND on the soaps.

Just thoughts that came to me when contemplating the exciting prospect of new videos from you!

best,

Steve

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Definitely sad news.  I thought Elcar defined the role of Sheriff P more incisively than the others who essayed the part.

Other roles in which I recall him were a small but expressive part in Adam at 6 A.M. (with Grayson Hall, too), and an exceptionally fine role in an episode of The Rockford Files in which he played opposite Dennis Patrick.

G.

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Greetings.

I'm aware that there are a few other folks here who are fans of the 1969-1970 Gerry Anderson series UFO (which aired on CBS, I believe, in 1972, and was subsequently seen in occasional syndication, including stints on the Sci Fi channel in the 1990s).  Today I learned that the two lead actors on the series, Ed Bishop (who portrayed Commander Straker) and Michael Billington (who played Colonel Paul Foster) both died last week in a strange coincidence.

Michael Billington, aged 63, died on Monday June 6 in complications from cancer.  Ed Bishop, aged 72, died as a result of a sudden viral infection while in hospital following surgery on Tuesday, June 7.  Marc Martin, a veteran fan of the series, received confirmation from their families that the men died earlier this week.  It was reported on the Scarlet Street magazine site on Wed. I believe.

Apparently, the families are waiting to issue official obituaries due to concerns for privacy.

I'll miss both Ed and Mike a lot.  Their performances on UFO have cheered many otherwise dreary hours in my life.  I like to think of them in some twinkly, silvery heaven, served cocktails from angelic waitresses attired in the trademark UFO purple wigs with matching eyeliner and plunging-neckline space suits.

Steve

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I loved that drawing room scene, too.  It was so different from what I was expecting.  The muted, naturalistic reaction to the intrusion of the supernatural was so very different from how they played things later on.

I thought that KLS' acting was superb in that episode where she was chatting up Joe.  Perky but with a sly sexual subtext.  Really excellent work.

I think the scenes where it's Roger's shoes going up hill and down dale were shot with extras--not sure why they did it this way.

I agree that Vicki oughta get the hell outta Dodge--except that if she did that, there'd be no show.  Poor Vicki.

G.

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Hey there, stranger, great to see you posting again!  I hope you feel inspired to create some new videos.  My desire for this is purely altruistic--it has nothing to do with my addiction to your beautiful video work!

Best wishes

Steve

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Calendar Events / Announcements '05 I / DS and Sixties Styles
« on: June 08, 2005, 08:16:48 PM »
I've frequently noticed in reading discussions of various Dark Shadows episodes here that fans born too late to have experienced the Sixties firsthand often seem to doubt whether anybody in their right mind would have furnished their homes or worn their clothes in the styles showcased on the series in episodes set in the present day.  Those of us who were around and aware between 1960 and 1970 have tried to explain the unique ... um, ALLURE, of trends back in the day, but our plain statements of fact are often greeted with braying disbelief and such exclamations as:  "You're pulling my leg!  NOBODY would have been so dumb as to have worn/purchased/displayed THAT!"

Well, Confucius always said that a picture is worth a thousand words.  Take a look at this site:

http://www.houseplantpicturestudio.com/HPS/liquorwebfotos/batch3/liquor003.html

It has it all, from beehive hair to sleeveless dresses, from clunky costume jewellry to women dolled up to resemble Lady Dracula for a night out with their pals; to rebellious, hippie teens and one cool cat who seems to have been going through a "Matt Helm" phase.  Many of the images are dated 1968.

I have to confess, the bathing suit series makes me grateful that Liz never had an indoor swimming pool installed at Collinwood (just think of what Mrs Johnson would have said at the mere suggestion of such a thing!).

Best wishes,

Gothique

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Luciaphil's Idle Thoughts '05 / Re: On the Town -- Episodes 85 & 86
« on: June 08, 2005, 04:30:51 PM »
I'm missing these from my tapes.  I always figured that Burke must be really trashed from the get-go because the idea of him and Sam buddying up in the Blue Whale just sounds so... not at all like their relationship to date in the story.

I'd never thought about taking those lyrics in a licentious way. You're a clever gell, Miss Luciaphil.

Talking of cleverness, I hear there's a new Maggie Smith/Judi Dench film out, the Lavendar Ladies, that has a real E. F. Benson quality to it--a friend commented that the two ladies seemed like variations on Miss Mapp and Lady Lucia.

keep writing those fab notes...

your fan,

Steve

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Cool!  Maybe they'll run his other Kojak at some point.  He may have had a more substantial role in that one.

G.

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Heather, that second picture is too shocking!

I don't know which it is--Grayson gets called to replace Julie Newmar as Catwoman at the last minute, and meows in sensuous glee; or Grayson's screen test for the Hammer classic, Kiss of the Vampire!

Just when I think I've seen it ALL, Grayson and Heather chorus mischievously in my ear:  "Oh no you HAVEN'T, Darling!"

xo Steve

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I am personally thrilled with how well it turned out.

It looks beautiful and reads great!  Big congrats to RJ!

Steve

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Current Talk '05 I / Re: liz buried alive
« on: June 03, 2005, 07:40:36 PM »
Of course what I wrote does not explain [spoiler]how it came to be that Angelique put a similar spell on Vicki in 1796 (when Carolyn Groves was playing the character) and Angelique's death immediately released Vicki from her "sleep."  I suppose one could argue it was a different kind of spell, but I don't have the mental acrobatics at the moment to fudge on behalf of the scriptwriters.[/spoiler]

G.

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Current Talk '05 I / Re: liz buried alive
« on: June 03, 2005, 05:42:23 PM »
My explanation--involves spoilers, so if those make you squick, do not read (or, as a friend of mine once put it, "cover your eyes while you read"):

[spoiler]Cassandra's spell on Liz qualifies as a hex, or, as they prefer to call it on DS, a curse.  You may have noticed that when Ang was put to death in 1795, her curse on Barnabas remained firmly in place.  A hex/curse is a powerful energetic alignment aimed at a specific target (in Anglo-Saxon parlance, we find the term "elfshot").  Like a powerful poison administered to the bloodstream, it continues until its work is done, regardless of the subsequent actions of the person who set the hex/curse (word to the wise:   there's no such thing as "reversing" a hex/curse.  All that can be done is to work to raise healing or positive energy on behalf of the victim to counterract the negative impact of the hex.  Smart Witches don't set hexes that have no way out other than death. I am afraid as a Witch, Nicholas is correct in stating that his "dear sister" wasn't very smart--or very competent.  But, I digress.

In the story of DS, Cassandra's death curse on Liz persists until she does appear to "die." She's really in a catatonic trance.  Inexplicably, Julia, who is aware that something odd is going on, does not send Liz to a hospital to have tests done to determine whether she is really dead despite the lack of vital signs.  Did I mention that this part of the story requires suspension of disbelief?   However, Liz has been able to arrange for herself to be entombed in an above-ground mausoleum, equipped with an alarm bell.  You have to watch to find out what happens, but it does sort of explain why, once she is released from the tomb, Liz no longer suffers from the curse.

There's a very interesting scene where Julia, who doesn't know about Cassandra's curse, offers a psychological explanation for what's happening to Liz.  I see this is an attempt by whoever wrote that particular show to explain a train of events that otherwise don't make much sense to longtime viewers of the show.[/spoiler]

Hope this answers your question,  I apologize if it is more than you wanted or needed to know on this topic.

G.

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Luciaphil's Idle Thoughts '05 / Re: Hide-n-Seek -- Episodes 83 & 84
« on: June 03, 2005, 04:24:12 PM »
Well, Miss Bennett did have a clause in her contract that guaranteed her a six week"vacation" (during which she often did theatre or other projects--when you think about it, she was a pretty hard-working dame).  The first "Liz freaks out and goes catatonic" storyline happened early in 1967.  It would have been nice if DC and his merry band of writers could have come up with another way of having her character disappear for a month and a half other than having her periodically crack up and exit feet first.

I guess my reaction to the Liz-fears-burial-alive storyline is colored to how I saw it as a child (I was ten that year).  I found it genuinely creepy.  I had cut my eye teeth on 1930s and 40s movies (what can I say, I was an unusual child) and I found Liz's speeches about her fears very plausible within the weird world of Collinwood.  I really love the show where Liz returns from having been "away," too--I realize it's totally unreal that she comes back flawlessly made up and with her hair immaculately styled, which would not have been the case with an individual who had been "away" that long, but again, within the strange setting of 1968 Collinwood, I can coax myself into a suspension of disbelief.

At moments like this, DS is truly the equivalent of comfort food...

G.

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Current Talk '05 I / Re: Julia's big boo-boo in HODS
« on: June 02, 2005, 08:14:52 PM »
I personally thought the whole on-screen strangling was gratuitous and over-the-top, but that could be said of the entire climactic 20 minutes or so of that movie.

btw, don't forget that the original plan in 1967 DS was to have Julia die at the hands of Barnabas.  The fact that she's headed "right for death" is alluded to in at least one episode voiceover (I think it's the one that shows Julia pondering Sarah's mob cap at the beginning?).

G.

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