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"Dark Shadows" - squeeee!!!! *ggl* - "You didn't hear about the polar bear?"
December 7th, 2005
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"Dark Shadows" - squeeee!!!! *ggl*
This is only for the oldies among you - old enough to have seen this when it first aired!

I broke down and bought the first set of episodes - well, technically not the first, but starting from where Barnabas Collins (the vampire - ooooooo!) comes in. The names and faces are starting to come back to me now... Willy Loomis - the strange punk who lets Barnabas out... the square-jawed soap opera leading man... the matriarch of the clan, Elizabeth Stoddard Collins... the innocent young governess, Victoria Winters... but, most of all, the music. You know how the old Dr. Who theme elicits an almost Pavlovian response, Cal? Well, as soon as the theme music came on - whoa... *shivers up my spine*. And the old black and white footage.

Ooooo... they just found a missing calf... that died from loss of blood... *spooky music*. *muahahahaha!*

And now, Willy Loomis, who's been missing for days, has come into the bar, looking dazed and drawn.

I wonder when I started watching this. I thought it was when I was 12 or so, but this started when I was 7. Huh. Wonder when Quentin comes in... !

Do you remember it, Cal?

*must create a Dark Shadows icon!*

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From:cyloran
Date:December 8th, 2005 02:20 am (UTC)
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Good heavens, of course I remember! I used to run home from elementary school in the afternoons so I wouldn't miss a single minute. And the next day at recess, there'd be several huddles in the schoolyard of kids discussing what had happened -- especially if it was the Friday cliff hanger! I still have most of the paperback tie-ins and the LP soundtracks. I remember starting to watch it shortly after Barnabas was introduced; before that it was apparently a ho-hum gothic romance they decided to spice up as a lark. Until they discovered the big bad vampire was getting lots of sympathy from the audience. I remember the ghost of Barnabas' little sister, Sarah, who usually appeared after they'd play a haunting flute version of London Bridges.

Ahhh memories! I absolutely LOVED Dark Shadows. The remake with Ben Cross wasn't too bad, either, and was just released on DVD.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:December 8th, 2005 03:09 am (UTC)
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Have you watched the DVD's? They're not bad! I just finished the first one - must have been 8 or 10 episodes, and took about 3 hours. The faces look so familiar - I'll have to check out the actors' names, because I think many of them showed up on other shows/movies as character actors.
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From:lilithlotr
Date:December 8th, 2005 03:36 am (UTC)
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I had a group of friends - we used to take turns being sick so we could tell the others what happened that day.

Remember when Alexandra (what was her last name? She played Victoria Winters) was involved in that real-life trial? The guy that poisoned his wife with insulin, and she was the other woman?
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From:rosamundeb
Date:December 8th, 2005 02:17 pm (UTC)
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*L*! You remember! Yes, we used to rush home to watch it - but, if you were in the midwest, we'd have been an hour ahead, so we could watch it after school, I think.

The trial? No - I had no idea! I'll see what her real name is the next time I watch.
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From:ninquelosse
Date:December 8th, 2005 04:58 pm (UTC)
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Claus Von Bulow killed his wife Sunny - didn't Dominick Dunne write a book about it?

...No - it was an article in Vanity Fair, now collected in:
http://www.powells.com/cgi-bin/biblio?inkey=17-0609809636-0

Sorry about the lack of coding - writing from work.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:December 8th, 2005 09:36 pm (UTC)
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Oh! I remember their names - but had no idea there was a Dark Shadow connection - thanks.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:December 8th, 2005 09:40 pm (UTC)
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From:ninquelosse
Date:December 8th, 2005 02:31 pm (UTC)
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I managed to score about twenty or so of the paperback novels a few years ago. Fabulous. Would love to see any ep again.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:December 8th, 2005 02:44 pm (UTC)
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You know - I didn't realize they had novels -*L*! Until I looked for the episodes, that is. I should send you one or two of the DVD's for you to watch just for the hell of it - it'll really bring back memories.
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From:singeaddams
Date:December 8th, 2005 06:06 pm (UTC)
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They had comic books and a newspaper strip, too! Excellent stuff. Ahhh, Barnabas. I'll never get over my four-year-old trauma of watching him get attacked by a plastic bat on a string. Meanwhile, I am et up with the DS goodness. I made a few icons for Halloween and I'll upload them for you when I get home, if you want.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:December 8th, 2005 09:35 pm (UTC)
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Oooo, yes! *G*

As to the bad special effects - another link between it and Dr. Who!
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