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Calendar Events / Announcements '05 II / Re: Fest Schedule
« on: July 20, 2005, 03:21:30 PM »
BTW, my fest schedule arrived in the mail, yesterday, Tuesday the 19th. Its one week from today we fly out and I feel like I'm about to burst just waiting to see California again...

Michael  ;D

Calendar Events / Announcements '05 II / Re: OT...Dracula on AMC
« on: July 19, 2005, 10:32:04 PM »

The Return of Dracula (1958): This may be the last film to come out that isn't influenced by Hammer's rendition of the vampire story. It is earie in every detail and scared the crap out of me when I was a kid watching it on TV. A very fifties type of horror film.

Nadja (1994): A very stylishly filmed vampire tale. Interesting in many ways although I could have done without Peter Fonda's over the top rendition of Helsing. This film stuck with me for a few days.

One thing I love about "The Return of Dracula" is how is foreshadows Barnabas's entrance. In this film Dracula arrives in America introducing himself as a relative from Europe.

Nadja should be watched in context with "Dracula's Daughter", which its pretty much an unauthorized remake of. Some nice moments, but too much POV from a "toy" movie camera. Its funny that shows flashbacks to  "Papa Dracula" that are actually from Bela Lugosi in "White Zombie."  Nadja even pays homage to the morgue scenes in Dracula's Daughter as well as its sapphic subtext.

If anyone here has never read the book of Dracula, I would heartly recommend Leonard Wolfe's "The Essential Dracula" which beautifully annotates the original text and makes it more readible. You must have some patience with it, but when you do get into it, its quite entertaining.

While a lot can be said on some of the inadeqacies of Coppola's film, he did at least add some elements of the book no one else had, and dare I say it, its a better adaption that Dan Curtis's, which always made me wonder where Matheson was going, with his major changes to Harker's storyline and making Lucy Dracula's great fascination, not Mina, the latter of which makes much more sense storywise and cinematically.

Michael  [blackbat]

Calendar Events / Announcements '05 I / Re: Fest 2005: Who's Going?
« on: July 18, 2005, 10:03:19 PM »
I couldn't find the "who's coming" thread, so I was looking to follow up, is there a plan for those of us who would like to, to kind of meet up say Friday evening or sometime so we can say hello to our fellow posters here in person? I think that might be fun. Its getting so close now I can sense my systems reaching the red zone of anticipation! My wife and I are flying out from Virginia on Wednesday so we can do some non-fest events as well, Disneyland, Graveline Tours, some of the celebrity cemeteries, Malibu, and maybe the zoo, etc. Looking very forward to the tour of Greystone as well. And let us not forget the $50 baked chicken dinner! Anyway, can we get out mouseketeer role call?


Calendar Events / Announcements '05 II / Re: Fest Schedule
« on: July 18, 2005, 09:49:49 PM »
Do you mean Diana Anderson?  She's one of Joan's daughters.

Yes, that's who I meant. I wish they could get Elizabeth Taylor, I bet she would have some good memories of Joan, lol. BTW, when did June Lockhart and Joan work together? I doubt June will be in the autograph line, she charges an arm and a leg at most fan shows.

Michael  ::)

Caption This! - 1970 Parallel Time / Re: Episode #1059
« on: July 18, 2005, 06:47:13 PM »
Knowing Dark Shadows is soon to be canceled, Jonathan Frid and Donna Wandrey make a joint screen test for "Diamonds Are Forever"  Donna: "Look out James, Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd are back!"

Calendar Events / Announcements '05 II / Re: Fest Schedule
« on: July 18, 2005, 06:20:01 PM »
I see the fest schedule is now up!  ;D  Does anyone know who Diana Alexander is? Did she do stage work with Joan?


Calendar Events / Announcements '05 II / Re: OT...Dracula on AMC
« on: July 16, 2005, 05:18:48 PM »
I enjoy this version, but there are some serious plot loopholes, they kill Lucy twice for example, but most women I know LOVE Frank Langella in this. If you can find it, the BBC version circa 1974 with Louis Jordan is perhaps the best adaption of the book. It used to run on PBS around Halloween in the '70s, sometimes on one evening, sometimes as 3 1 hour shows. Not available on video in the US sadly.  [blackbat]


Caption This! - The Werewolf-Quentin's Ghost / Re: Episode #0671
« on: July 16, 2005, 05:06:30 PM »
Maggie: Chris, did you forget? Tonight you promised to play "Mystery Date".

Caption This! - The Werewolf-Quentin's Ghost / Re: Episode #0674
« on: July 16, 2005, 04:32:22 PM »
Chris: OKay, lemme try again (sings) "Throw out your hands, stick out your tush, hands on your hips, give em a push. You'll be surpised you're doin' The French Mistake. Voilla!!!"

Dennis: Quit calling me Agent Flaherty, Anthony. You're on Dark Shadows today, not back on "The Untouchables"!
Anthony: Ixnay! I got reason to believe "Greasy Thumbs" Johnson is right here in the kitchen. ::)

For a while, instead of ending each episode with "this has been a Dan Curtis production, " Grayson would turn to the camera and imitate Red Skelton saying  "Good night and God Blessth."

Never used footage of David Selby for Michael Apted's "Up" series, tracing the lives of schoolchildren to adulthood,  has recently surfaced. Here we see David at age 7, the only American child filmed for the Granada London series, deleted as"..too disturbing."

Calendar Events / Announcements '05 I / Re: OT - Home Grown Vampire
« on: July 15, 2005, 06:46:36 PM »
I ran into L.B. Taylor who has authored something like 12 books on ghosts in Virginia this past weekend, and we talked about the most haunted places I've been to around Virginia. I brought up the subject of W.W. Poole with him and he stated he had looked into the story and found very little other than Poole being "an eccentric" and stated the earlier story about his appearence linked with that of the old trolly tunnel accident was linked.
    Fun books by the way. Especially those on a possible sighting of Poe's ghost in Richmond.


Calendar Events / Announcements '05 II / Re: Fest Schedule
« on: July 15, 2005, 06:39:59 PM »
Two weeks from today, anyone gotten a schedule yet?    The clock is sticking...

What show is that, Michael? I'll be in Chesapeake in two weeks for a little event called Fanta-Sci at the Chesapeake Regional Library.
Hey Penny D,
      From what I gather this year's show will be in early October, probably Sat 8th. It was a small but VERY fun show last year. I believe it will be at the same location as the show you are attending, off Cedar Road new "Old Bridge". [Ghost00]  [ghosty][Ghost00]