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Current Talk '03 I / Liz Goes Psychedelic
« on: April 23, 2003, 08:56:54 PM »
From the montage, I take it that Liz's Leviathan Nightmare was aired today (but maybe it was yesterday).  What did folks think?  Although entertaining to watch, I always find myself clueless as to just how it's meant to accomplish the results of the dream.

Beautiful shot of Joan's horrified face in the funhouse mirror. Even in a state of shock, Liz manages to look stately!

Gothick

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Calendar Events / Announcements '03 I / Re:2003 Fest info
« on: April 23, 2003, 07:57:56 PM »
I'm quite sure that as long as the surviving cast members are willing to show up, there will continue to be DS fan events around the country.  There's been an event that's been happening every year around Halloween at Lockwood Mathews House in Norwalk, CT for several years now, for instance.

I also think it might be fun for fans to think of getting together just to socialize and share the weirdness that is DS.  That, for me, is why I kept going back.

The NYC Festivals have turned into cattle calls in recent years.  I would prefer something a little more intimate and low-key, myself.

Gothick

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Current Talk '03 I / Re:All-Purpose Pentagram?
« on: April 23, 2003, 04:57:35 PM »
That Sandy Dennis movie was called Something Evil and directed by Steven Spielberg.  He did it shortly after the much-ballyhooed Duel (which I never saw, the subject matter sounded intensely boring to me).  Darren McGavin was in it, and so was Johnnie Whitaker (who was on Family Affair, the Sebastian Cabot/Brian Keith vehicle).

I remember it vividly too, but haven't seen it since the early 70s.

I'm afraid the use of the pentagram-on-the-floor in the Summer of 1970 sequence wasn't any more accurate than the use of it we just saw, but the incantation was fun.

It was wild that they were doing all this stuff in 1969/1970.  In Maryland, at least, this stuff was very exotic.  Every week I would go to the library for more books to tell me about what I was seeing on Dark Shadows.  It had such an impact upon my imagination.

Gothick

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Testing. 1, 2, 3... / Re:The New Color Scheme...
« on: April 23, 2003, 04:52:08 PM »
Hmmm, it looks more like royal blue to my color-blind eyes.  I like all shades of blue and purple, so it looks sweet to me.  What I don't like is that the "Dark Shadows Forums" logo now looks squished.  And Collinwood looks as if somebody (Gerard Stiles, perhaps) stuck the house on a giant rack and s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d... I'm sure it's because I have my computer set at 9696 x 6969 or something like that...

Gothick

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Current Talk '03 I / Re:Looking for Briscoe & Hall screengrabs
« on: April 22, 2003, 07:05:16 PM »
Hi Julia, do you mean from the current (Leviathans) storyline? They are luscious together.  And then there's a scene where Briscoe and Selby are together and they both have big, tousled hair and look teasingly rumpled.  That really makes Gothick's mojo buzz.

Hope you can get tapes of next week's shows!  As I recall, there are some great scenes from the shows later in this week, as the good doctor tries to "help" Grant Douglas with all his problems.

Gothththth

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Current Talk '03 I / Re:Keeping Score...SPOILER QUESTION
« on: April 22, 2003, 03:27:50 PM »
Mrs. Johnson definitely is NOT a Leviathan.  There's a line that I am afraid I find wickedly hysterical when the Leviathan Leader (don't you wish they'd given him a title, something along the lines of, oh, I don't know, The Great Naga???) babbles something like "And I'm gonna kill that housekeeper... that Mrs. Johnson.  I never could stand her!"

Paul is not a Leviathan, either, and proves to be rather a thorn in their side.  This plot thread was dropped when Dennis Patrick had to go make a movie.

Barnabas explains at some point that certain people have a "genetic structure" which resists absorption into the Leviathan consciousness.

Gothick

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Current Talk '03 I / Re:All-Purpose Pentagram?
« on: April 21, 2003, 09:44:53 PM »
Hi Prof. Stokes,

Generally, the Pentagram represents the forces of Protection.  It has a lot of other, esoteric uses as well, but that is its most "generic" use.

The kind of thing Paul tried to set up in his room does require some work beyond just lighting the candles to activate.  The fact that he neglected to mark off the borders between the points with a circle was a sign that he really had not a clue what he was doing.

At least, though, it did shut up that annoying voice-over.  The whole thing seemed like Sat. Night Live does Dark Shadows.

Goithick

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Current Talk '03 I / Re:Chris Jennings, Were-STUD
« on: April 21, 2003, 07:41:15 PM »
Well, the vol. 136 shows will be aired on Sci Fi in a week or so, so only bother if you don't get the channel.

I believe the first episode on this tape was the longest episode in DS history, guest starring the fabulous Marsha Mason and a gent whose name escapes me, but who appeared on some other show or movie quite recently.

Gothick

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Current Talk '03 I / Re:Chris Jennings, Were-STUD
« on: April 21, 2003, 02:47:28 PM »
Sheenasma, I wish I could see that cigarette commercial.  I believe there's a Dial soap one with Briscoe barechested and soapy in the shower on a tape somewhere.  I turn into the Beast from Outer Space just thinking about this.

And Julia, darling, you know how to make a boy SMILE with your rewrite of that Julia/Grant scene.  Sometimes I think when Grant screams at her "Just what do you WANT, Doctor???" I imagine her crooning deliciously, "I just want to take care of you, sweetie!"

Connie's story, Divine Awakening, develops the Julia/Quentin relationship potential sooo beautifully. And even more beautiful, of course, is Quentin/Barnabas--that's definitely one for the rotogravure.

Gothick

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Current Talk '03 I / Re:Dan Curtis' Alternative to Leviathan
« on: April 20, 2003, 12:53:14 AM »
References to the 1932 Karloff film The Mummy remind me that I recently screened the commercial Universal VHS of the film released several years ago.  Although I had heard that they had not struck a new print for the home video release, it was a definite improvement over my old video taped off the television.

I was struck while watching it at a certain resonance between how Boris Karloff moved and his facial expressions in this, and Jonathan Frid's performance as Barnabas on Dark Shadows.  Particularly in the original 1967 storyline and in the episodes on view now where Barnabas is evil again.  I'm not at all saying that Jonathan Frid was influenced by Karloff or modeling his performance upon Karloff's work; just that there's a certain resonance between the two.  I think the strength of Frid's work is very much in his non verbal moments, such as the cunning look he gets on his face when Julia rushes into his arms upon his return from 1795 to the Present.  He played those moments so beautifully.  If a remake of the original Mummy tale had been proposed in the early 70s, he would have been a brilliant choice to play Im-Ho-Tep/Ardath Bey, though, of course, he probably would have turned the role down.

Gothick

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Current Talk '03 I / Re:Chris Jennings, Were-STUD
« on: April 20, 2003, 12:41:17 AM »
Well, today I treated myself to watching most of MPI tape 136.  I think these episodes will be coming up week after next, but I'm not sure.

The 2nd episode on the tape is the one where Julia was toying briefly with some buttons on Chris' trench coat.  She grabs one of those non-functional straps they stitch onto the front of the sleeve cuff and sort of toys with it, then buttons it up.

I love how she keeps bargeing into Grant Douglas' boudoir, too.  I keep imagining an XXX rated version where Julia knocks once, barrels through the door, does the trademark GASP as her hand flies to her throat and the camera pans over to a groaning, thrashing Quentin in the throes of an activity that does tend to absorb a healthy male's time at some point of most days.

Well at least I can play it in my imagination.  What a scream!

Ladies, do we have our Easter bonnets steamed out for tomorrow's rotogravure?

Gothick

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Current Talk '03 I / Re:Chris Jennings, Were-STUD
« on: April 18, 2003, 08:33:34 PM »
Julia darling, what good taste your friend Sandor has.  Of course, I already knew YOU had good taste, darling...

In that scene, Chris is wearing a jacket and I think Julia first undoes a couple buttons then does them up again.  I can't remember specifically what happens.  It gave me a chuckle. She actually looks very motherly rather than the opposite as she fusses over him.

I think the scene is one volume 136 of MPI which is one of my FAVORITE tapes (and the Mysterious Benefactor knows why!).  I think that is still a couple weeks off.

Gothick

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Current Talk '03 I / Re:Random thoughts
« on: April 18, 2003, 05:57:24 PM »
Have to agree with you about Dennis and Joan in their wonderful scenes together today.  Liz at her most icy and imperious... Stoddard at his most desperate and clingy.  Fascinating contrast.  Really makes one wonder about their marriage, though.  When Joan uttered the line, "YOU nev-ah loved ANYONE," I got chills.

As for David, I thought Henesy played possession so well, it became a standard of EVERY storyline.  Daviathan is particularly eee-vil and vicious.  The scenes where he addresses his aunt as "Elizabeth" and rakes her over the coals for her failures to The Cause are unbelievable.  I give the actors due credit for taking those scenes so seriously.

Gothick

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Current Talk '03 I / Chris Jennings, Were-STUD
« on: April 18, 2003, 05:52:21 PM »
Does anybody else out there think that Chris is looking hotter than ever these days?

Something about the outfits they gave him to wear and how he's combing his hair, which he's grown out slightly ... He looks good enough to eat!

There's a scene coming up where Julia is playing with Chris' coat buttons.  I always wonder whether Grayson was toying with just ... undressing him right there on the set!  Sam referred to Briscoe somewhere or other as "too handsome" and I'm afraid he may not have appreciated the onscreen chem between his wife and the gorgeous young actor.

Ah, to be back in 1969, taking a moonlit stroll through Central Park and having Don Briscoe glide up on his skateboard, shirttails flying in the breeze.

Gothick the Romantic

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Current Talk '03 I / Re:DVD Set 5 flaw on disc 2?
« on: April 18, 2003, 05:47:55 PM »
Hi KS, if you contact MPI and send it back to them, they will send you a perfect replacement, if it is a glitch in your disc.  I'm sure I had to do this with at least one of my videotapes years ago.

Gothick

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