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MB, I'm just imagining the expression on your face as you behold the crazed antics of the Z-Man! LOL.  I enjoyed BVotD but I wouldn't have said it was in any way essential viewing.  I was really surprised when a friend loaned me the big DVD release that came out several years ago.  There was an interview or commentary with Roger Ebert on it (it was before he became ill) and he gushed on and on about how great his screenplay for it was.  My jaw dropped.

I find the Strawberry Alarm Clock appearance in the movie somewhat anticlimactic, though the party sequence is fun. I actually enjoy some of the Carrie Nation songs in the movie and I have the CD--and the songs are on my iPod.

Back to topic, I know that Sam or DC re-used Carolyn's dialogue, at least one line of it, in some other project--maybe the Jack Palace DRACULA script--soon after this.  Great line so why not make use of it again.

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: And Even Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: July 15, 2017, 07:30:04 PM »
When I watched the new edit when it was briefly on the Tube a couple of months ago, I liked Blair's performance more than I had done the first time around.  Even the welcoming scene seemed to make more sense, somehow.  It might just have been my frame of mind.

Best, G.

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I've never seen either version of Salem's Lot and am not particularly interested.  But the actor who played the Nosferatu character in the 1970s movie (I don't really know anything about the story, but the makeup made him look like Max Schreck in NOSFERATU), Reggie Nalder, was a fascinating character in real life.  He appeared in Boris Karloff's Thriller, the famous Star Trek episode "Journey to Babylon," and many other noted genre pieces.  Great interview with Nalder here:

http://www.kinoeye.org/03/02/delvalle02.php

G.

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I found an 11 minute clip on Youtube but haven't had time to play it.  The datestamp said it was aired in 1989.  That was an incredibly busy year for me academically, and I'd already lost interest in the Oscars (tm) at that point in any event.

G.

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Kosmo was kind enough to share this link with me:

http://kenlevine.blogspot.com/2010/09/my-favorite-pitch-meeting-ever.html

Because I live in a cave (and may have been either out of the country or too buried in academia when it happened to pay attention), I'd never heard about Carr's OSCAR(tm) production that featured Rob Lowe belting "Proud Mary" and dancing/duetting with Snow White (which someone says resulted in a Disney lawsuit).

Just when I think I've figured out the peculiar twilight zone of weirdness that is Hollywood, I read something like this and realize I have to recalibrate everything I think I know about tacky Tinseltown.

G.

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Many thanks once again, MB, for sharing those two lovely shots of Joan and Grayson.  For me they were the true Queens of DS.

And I just have to comment that TIGER BEAT would be about the last place in 1970 I'd expect to find a "rare still" of Joan Bennett--just shows how much interest there still was in our show in the "teen market" back then.

Another irony is that the movie was publicized in such a way that well before going to see it, you'd know practically the entire story.  But as a result, as you have shown here, we have images of many scenes and set-ups that would otherwise have been lost forever.

G.

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I saw The Love Witch at a screening at the Brattle Theater in Cambridge last February or March (I can't recall specifically).  The production values are meant to recall cult films of the early Seventies such as Simon, King of the Witches and The Deathmaster.  The costumes and sets are gorgeous but the script and acting range from competent to community theater levels of stiltedness. 

The movie came out on DVD in April or May, I believe--don't know if it's available via Net flicks or other.

I give the sets and costumes an A and the rest of it a C minus.

G.

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Interesting that that is happening.  I only saw a couple of episodes of that show.  I wasn't a fan.

By an odd coincidence, though, I thought of it yesterday because I saw a photo of Juliet Mills on David del Valle's social media page.  She looked great, which was heartening because when I saw her on Passions, she really looked rather dire.  I guess that was the makeup and costuming, reminiscent perhaps of how awful they made Joan look in This House Possessed.  That was upsetting to see.

Juliet was photographed with del Valle and Maxwell Caulfield attending the screening of a documentary about somebody named Allan Carr. I didn't have time to look up and see who that was.  Of course it was in H'wood.

G.

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Current Talk '17 II / Re: Oh Boy, Serious DSFMS
« on: July 13, 2017, 03:03:16 PM »
Hi Patti, no, what you are seeing is the introduction of Harry.  I really like his scene with Mrs J when he shows up.  Once the storyline revolving around 1968, "that year of insanity," really got going, there was very little time or opportunity for scenes that were character focused such as this.  Occasionally they would do them--there were a couple of good Maggie and Joe scenes during the Nicholas Blair period which is a few months away from where you are now.

Happy viewing,

G.

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Julia's backwards head-tilt as she begins to expostulate, and Liz's particularly icy deployment of "the freeze," are two of the few truly DS moments to be enjoyed in this film.

And if it weren't for your artistry, MB, I'm not sure I would ever have been aware of them.

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: And Even Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: July 11, 2017, 09:28:20 PM »
Wonderful captures, MB!  What a gorgeous man he is!

G.

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MB, here's another one: "Retired Living Television."  They have a film slot they're calling "Creepy Cult Classics." 

http://www.rl.tv/

The rest of the programming by and large is less than inspiring.  I'm clueless about how television works now.  Apparently a lot of it is online broadcasting and this may be another example

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '17 II / David Bowie and Dark Shadows
« on: July 10, 2017, 01:04:14 AM »
Fans,

I don't think this short film ever screened in the US, but the plot synopsis makes it sound an awful lot like a plot point from the 1897 storyline--which aired of course in 1969, one year after this film's completion:

https://www.midnightpulp.com/david-bowie-did-an-x-rated-horror-film-in-the-late-60s/

For those titillated by the mention of an X rating, it should be mentioned that in England in the Sixties, that was usually awarded for violence that transgressed the guidelines laid down by the official UK Film Censor Board.  Although this article says that the movie screened in porno houses, I really doubt that was the case.  All the classic Hammer horror films of the late 1950s and 60s were given the X rating and they played regular theatres, not "adult" venues.

Who knows?  Maybe Sam and Gordon saw this at some Film Festival or art house in NYC and decided to borrow the idea for the whole Charles Delaware Tate thing...

G.

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That's a very cool shot of Lyndhurst with that tarp over the window, MB.  You really do find the coolest stuff!

Thanks again for all your work on this epic!

G.

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That's a fun film.  Very evocative of the period.

G.

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