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Calendar Events / Announcements '05 II / Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CYRUSL!
« on: August 24, 2005, 05:47:22 PM »
   Thanks to everyone for all the good wishes. I hope to spend more time just hanging out in NY next year. I loved Hollywood but it held sooooo many distractions! ;D


Current Talk '05 II / Re: Jerry Lacy's Reverend Trask - any opinions?
« on: August 23, 2005, 09:25:52 PM »
  I think we all have some great observations here, especially Gerard, Raineypark and PennyD (but other of you as well). The Trasks are IMO (as well) THE true villains of the series, moreso than Angelique but at least on a level with Count Petofi. One thing we have touched on is that the Reverend Trask would never have considered himself a villain. Consider what happened when he finally learned conclusively that Angelique was the real witch rather than Victoria. He sought vengeance from beyond the grave. Think about that Rev Trask was actually correct that there was a witch at Colllinwood but just too hard headed to admit he could ever be wrong about where his conclusions led him.  In many way, his other attempt at vengeance with Barnabas can even be somewhat justified. Bricking someone up is pretty horrible, even though Barnabas is ostensibly our "hero." I think the way both characters are in an actually twisted way well intentioned but terribly flawed makes them great adversaries. Compare them, for example to Astronaut Taylor and Dr. Zaius of "Planet of the Apes." Dr. Zaius is like Trask very hard headed, Zaius is right that Taylor is a serious threat to his world and beliefs, but his is wrong is denying that Taylor is who he says he is. Great heroes (or antiheroes) need a great antagonist.
   As far as acting, I think Lacey more than fulfills the need of the characters. Dark Shadows is not always subltle, although it often is more than its given credit for. I think he well defines each Trask from each other. I totally agree Gregory is a true evil, most especially from his hypocracy rather than the Reverend inflexible self centered beliefsto the point where vanity and his religious fervor are inextricably interwtined.  Gregory doesn't care about "The Almighty" in reality, and wraps himself in an artifical veneer that allow him to justify anything and blackmail at will. Lamar isn't given quite as much, and isn't quite as smart. His ego allows him to be easliy manipulated by a worse evil than his imagination could fathom. Like all the Trasks, he's just to stubborn to see the forest for the trees. I was delighted that Jerry Lacey attended the show this year as I think, even as irritating as the Trasks could be, I can't imagine too many people who could have done a better job and had such a zest for the parts. Lacey indeed does some fine acting with those eyes, brows and facial contortions. When he is theatrical, he knows the character himself is aware of it, but as a "man of the cloth, knows full well their effects. Remember Roy Thiness only agreed to play Roger Collins in '91 if he couild have the nice, juicy Trask plum in the flashbacks.


David Ford: Well Sharon, I'm writing a big boy mushy letter to Nancy, what rhymes with "hot monkey love"?

   The funniest thing just happened to me. I called in to say my mid-morning hello to my wife, and she had to place me on hold, and what to my ears doth I hear, "Shadows of the Night" as played by someone on an aging roller rink organ.  ;) (Not even the Charles Randoplh Greane Sounde version) Actually, for a 2-3 seconds I thought, "Oh, Dr. Zhivago" until the chorus kicked in. Thishold music is actually a new thing at my wife's office, so its especially nice to hear Quentin's Theme unexpectedly. And it is special for Diane and I as it was the last piece of music played at our wedding just before she walked down the aisle.  ;D


Caption This! - 1995-Gerard and Daphne-Summer of '70 / Re: Episode #1082
« on: August 19, 2005, 05:58:01 PM »
Julia: Was it me or did Mrs. Johnson's attempt at Key Lime pie seem a bit tart?

Buzz: Hello, I'm sorry to bother you kind people, but could I get directions to Sturgesport?

Julia: Now Barnabas, role playing is an important part of your adjustment to the 20th century. Tonight I will be playing a depressed and lonely Elizabeth Taylor and you will be Richard Burton after 5 whiskey sours.

Sam: (thinking while gazing) Yeah, she sure looks like her mom did. Just like that evening, in the back of that '38 Buick when I made those sketches I promised I'd show no one.

Mrs. Johnson: Let me tell you, young lady, when Howard Johnson's ran this place, they always took my Diner's Club card and AAA Discount without any ID!

Caption This! - 1795/1796 / Re: Episode #0378
« on: August 18, 2005, 02:26:22 AM »
Ben: No really Miss Angelique, try this Wonka everlasting gobstopper, its rum flavored.

Caption This! - 1795/1796 / Re: Episode #0378
« on: August 18, 2005, 02:20:57 AM »
Josette: Mon cher, le petit lapin est mort.
Barnabas: Does that mean what I think it does...danm,when will sheeps bladders be reliable?!?!

   Does anyone know if this poster was part of the old AOL boards and chats? There was someone with a similar nick there.
     This is very sad and all mine and Diane's prayers go out to Claudia and Bernie's family and friends.


    Diane and I went to our first Chiller last fall. Any DS fan who has never been to one should be aware of a few things. First, the lines just to get in may be very, very long. Tickets at the door were running 2-3 (or 4!) hours or so Saturday and Sunday. Then, it may take another 1-2 hours to get into each tent where the stars are. Autograph lines within the tents vary widely. Most people, once you are in the tent, you will be able to walk right up to or wait 2-5 minutes. The longest lines may be 15-20 minutes for a big draw, like Elvira or Catherine Bach was last fall. The tents are still crowded so it may be a little damp or chilly outside, but muggy inside the tents. The crowd will be a little different than the DS crowds; more serious goths along with horror fans from multiple generations , and be aware a lot a people are there to meet the pro wrestlers. Chiller has lots of pro wrestlers on their guest list. Lots. And a few porn stars. My wife called Chiller, "The land of black t-shirts." On the positive side, once you make it through the line, no one will be brow beating you if you need three or four autographs from say David Selby or Lara Parker. On the other hand, they may not be free like at DS. Your only real limit will be how much money you have. Cash will go quick at Chiller. The DS people have a reputation for being on the less expensive side at this show. Someone like David Carradine may charge $25-$30 per signature. June Lockhart, well, she prices by the object when she's there.
      I don't remember there being many panels at Chiller, although I'm told there were some. There aren't as easy to locate. Its a big hotel. There are 2-3 big tents and 2-3 ballrooms full of dealers, as well as a multitude of additional rooms with anything from art exhibits to live bats. I think you would be able to find just about any horror/scfi or fantasy movie on any format you've ever wanted. This would also apply to models and toys. Be aware the dealers floors can get very crowded and at some point someone's backpack full of sharp objects will bang into you unapologetically.  :-X I would say Chiller isn't really kid-friendly, especially for under 10-12, unless you regularly let them watch R and NR films. Be aware the costumes on Saturday Night's Monster Ball call be very risque and the music is loud and varies from Rockabilly to Metal.
     Its not at all far from NYC, the rooms sell out quick, and surprisingly, the restaurant turns over tables pretty quickly and they have a pretty good buffett.
       I had a great time at Chiller, but its not the "extended family reunion" atmosphere of Dark Shadows.


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All the best on your big day. Great nick, Julianka is my favorite DS femme fatale.


Larry Talbot (Lon Chaney Jr): You don't understand, every night when the moon is full, I turn into a wolf.
Wilbur (Lou Costello): Yeah, you and about 20 million other guys.

A& C Meet Frankenstein

Okay, I hope this is a first this time, lol  :P Not only is DS '91 finally coming on DVD, but the classic Kolchak:The Night Stalker is now too. Here's a link w/info:

Lara Parker is our main DS guest star, on "The Trevi Collection." Yep, she plays a witch. [Witch00]

Now if only CBS can get around to doing Wild, Wild West box sets on DVD. Thayer David guest starred twice, and well, who doesn't love Dr. Loveless