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Caption This! - house of Dark Shadows / Re: House of Dark Shadows
« on: June 14, 2005, 04:12:45 PM »
LAWRENCE WELK (voiceover): "And, while the rest of us enjoy the sunny skies here in Banff, our guest maestro Barnabas Collins charms us from his basement bachelor hideaway with his very personal arrangement of 'I get a kick out of you.'  Maestro, hit it!"

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JULIA (voiceover): "It's so screamingly obvious this dump would fall apart without me.  From the free valium I supply this family with to 'Julia, what are we gonna do about those crank calls from Roto-rooter'--forget Liz, I'm the REAL Mistress of Collinwood!"

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Current Talk '05 I / Re: vampire fashion
« on: June 14, 2005, 02:44:02 PM »
Penny Dreadful, that's fascinating!  That festival sounds like a lot of fun.

I should have mentioned that before Morticia on the Addams Family, Vampira (actress Maila Nurmi) in the 1950s created a look that was very ahead of its time and may have contributed to the look devised for Morticia.  Unfortunately I have read that NO video footage of Vampira's act exists, but there are plenty of photographs.

G.

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Current Talk '05 I / Re: vampire fashion
« on: June 13, 2005, 09:17:17 PM »
Wasn't that band Siouxie and the Banshees responsible for making the Goth look visible in the mass media?  I pretty much spent the Eighties living in a cave so this is only a vague impression.

It seems to me that some elements of Goth style came from New Wave--punk wasn't the only influence.

But going back to the Sixties, Morticia Addams may have been the original Goth chick, vintage 1964.

G. who still mourns the early death of Carolyn Jones--another Divine One!

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Current Talk '05 I / Re: vampire fashion
« on: June 13, 2005, 07:58:18 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, 07:16:48 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, 03:30:51 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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