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Testing. 1, 2, 3... / Re: ** BIG CHANGES COMING FOR THE NEW YEAR **
« on: May 25, 2017, 09:28:24 PM »
Goodness, it's HOT in here!

Thanks, MB!

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Phyllis Wickes was Sarah's governess in the "original" timeline of 1795.  Phyllis and Vicki switched places when that bizarre seance occurred.  In the history book, it said that Phyllis was tried and convicted for practicing witchcraft at Collinwood, so presumably she was the one Angelique originally framed to divert suspicion from herself.

Sarah was in the episode of Vicki's arrival in 1795.  I thought Sarah was much nicer alive than she had been as a ghost.

G.

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That article is a great illustration of why I hate all these lists.  I have no doubt that the list reflects the author's taste very accurately.  A lot of those films, though, you couldn't pay me to sit through.

I do recommend Peeping Tom, although I'd call it a psychological suspense film, not horror. The lead actor, who was German, gave an amazing performance.  The movie destroyed the career of the director because it was so completely pilloried in the British press of the period.

There are some more imaginative lists out there if you google British Folk Horror films.  They still miss out on some excellent films because they are LISTS--the "list" is the antithesis of the whole concept and activity of cultivating aesthetic taste. But I must descend the soap box before I am booted off this forum for good.

cheers, G.

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Interesting sequence--thanks, MB! 

I actually found myself wondering looking at the photo of Davis with Joan and Thayer if DC would have changed the 1795 story to have Davis, as an altruistic version of Nathan Forbes, in a more heroic role. A thought stimulated by the fact to which I stupidly never paid attention that Jeff is wearing Nathan's uniform here, or so it would seem.  KLS's diary does say that DC wanted Davis to become KLS's new love interest after the wrap-up of the PT 1970 story and she did not react at all well to that news.  And who can blame her.  The original sequel to hoDS was reportedly planned to be set in the 18th century, at least in part.  Undoubtedly a version of the Angelique curse narrative would have been the plot focus.

Another thought I had reading through what you shared is that this time around, one may presume that Maggie did realize that Barnabas's interest in her was romantic.  It's been so long since I last saw the film, and my short term memory is so patchy now, that I can't recall whether the subsequent scenes of them having dinner and spending time together while Jeff is out of town include cues that she acknowledges and accepts that Barnabas is courting her.  My memory, for what it is worth, is that the scenes have Maggie's reactions ambiguous.  Is she simply touched that somebody as worldly as Barnabas is interested in her, or does she realize that he has romantic feelings for her. And, in turn, does she reciprocate?

Given DC's determination to give priority to the standard horror narrative that kicks in fairly quickly, it may all be left undefined and uncertain. Because, as you say, DC would be thinking, "nobody's gonna waste time wondering what emotional stuff is going on here before we get to THE FANGING and THE BLOOD."

cheers, G.

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It would be interesting to estimate just how long the costume party sequence (or "bal masque" sequence as they used to say in the old horror books) would have lasted, had all the excised bits been kept.  Around ten minutes?  Fifteen?  It may not be possible to come up with a very precise estimate.

Fascinating to see all these bits together in one coherent narrative.  Thanks again, MB!

G.

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That lucky sod! I wonder if Mrs P shared the story of the latest "doozy" she'd spotted on the highway from her front window.

G.

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That's a fun movie.  Grayson has around 4 scenes which isn't bad, considering.  And she gets to play comedy. She had a marvelous flair for that.  I think this is the only film or TV thing she ever did where that talent of hers was at all showcased.

G.

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How amusing. Of course, the reporter who wrote that had no idea of the irony of this situation, given the infamous role of Password in the history of Dark Shadows, and the fact that Michelle's best known work in certain circles was her portrayal of the Mistress of Collinwood.  In a film, incidentally, made sometime after the period 1980-99.  So much for the notion that her career can be summed up in the trite phrase, "queen of 1980s and 1990s movies."

Kyle MacLachlan used to be very pretty.  I haven't seen him recently.  (I didn't play the clip because they take far too long to load on that site for me, and their adverts are INTERMINABLE.)  I might have been tempted to let him win a few points, although his pout in Dune was so very fetching.

G.

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Thanks, MB, for that quote from the Dan Ross book.  That FINALLY makes sense of Barnabas's telling Maggie that even David wants her to stay, in that scene in the film as we have it now.  I always find myself waiting for her to snap-turn and ask him, "Bitch are you for REAL?" when he says that. Of course that would be the Burton/Depp remake version...

Your costume selection is awesome! I hope the party happens this year!

Best, G.

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Current Talk '17 I / Re: DS episodes online
« on: May 13, 2017, 02:59:55 AM »
This news report explains DCP's "strategy" for continued streaming of DS episodes on Hulu.

The good news for my friend is that later in 2017, the entire first year (roughly 200 episodes) are to be made available on the web channel.  Gratifyingly, the story notes that some of the best episodes of our series aired during that 1966-67 year.

http://www.collinsporthistoricalsociety.com/2017/05/hulu-to-receive-dark-shadows-transfusion.html

Best,  G

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Wow, MB that is a truly excellent gif!  John had great eyebrows and clearly, great hips.  It looks as if he's trying to start something funky with that other dude, another unknown. 

You wonder if the scene behind what's in the script with the woman getting excited by John's news was somehow scripted and blocked by Lela (who was actually doing a lot of the hands-on directing, while DC was working on shot set ups and tech stuff, from what I have read) or if it just somehow happened.

If you have any theories about where Barnabas and Jeff had met previously, would love to hear them!

G.


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Anthony George got some good material in the early 1960s series CHECKMATE, which also starred Sebastian Cabot (ever a joy) and a handsome, very young Doug McClure.  I do not know if it ever airs on any of these vintage channels.  The distinguishing feature of this show was its array of big name guest stars--even Charles Laughton appeared in an episode.

It's worth checking out.

G.

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I don't think Carolyn looks anxious or frightened.  Just jealous as hell.

Nancy is a brilliant actress and deserved more opportunities in her career.  Grayson said more than once that she thought Nancy was the best actress, bar none, in the group.

G.

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Testing. 1, 2, 3... / Re: ** BIG CHANGES COMING FOR THE NEW YEAR **
« on: May 05, 2017, 10:32:06 PM »
MB, I just noticed the new 04 pilot background montage, and I LOVE IT!  FABULOUS!

I also have to comment what a joy it is to have even part of Michael T. Weiss's shirtless physique on display for the duration of this month in the 1991 background.  Really helps keep me smiling.

cheers, G.

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