My name is Victoria Winters. My journey is beginning, a journey that I hope will open the doors of life to me, and link my past with my future, a journey that will bring me to a strange and dark place, to the edge of the sea high above widow’s hill, a house called Collinwood, a world I’ve never known, with people I’ve never met, people who tonight are still only shadows in my mind, but who will soon fill the days and nights of my tomorrows.
Long before American Horror Story, The Walking Dead, Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries. Dark Shadows, a gothic soap opera that originally aired weekdays on the ABC television network, from June 27, 1966, to April 2, 1971 and has become one of the Top 25 Cult TV series in history.
The series which had a rocky start and was facing cancellation but became hugely popular when vampire Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid) appeared ten months into its run. Dark Shadows also featured ghosts, werewolves, zombies, man-made monsters, witches, warlocks, time travel, and a parallel universe. A small company of actors each played many roles; as actors came and went, some characters were played by more than one actor.
Dark Shadows was distinguished by its vividly melodramatic performances, atmospheric interiors, memorable storylines, numerous dramatic plot twists, unusually adventurous music score, and broad and epic cosmos of characters and heroic adventures.
Although the original series ran for only five years, its scheduling as a daily daytime drama allowed it to amass more single episodes during its run (1,225) than most other science-fiction/fantasy genre series including Doctor Who and the entire Star Trek television franchise.
Dark Shadows also has the distinction of being one of the few classic television soap operas to have all of its episodes survive intact except one, although a handful of early episodes are available only in 16 mm kinescope format. Dark Shadows was filmed LIVE daily.
For a blast to the past all episodes are currently available on Hulu and many on YouTube.
Veteran actress Joan Bennett and Louis Edmonds are the only actors to appear in both the first and the last episodes of the series.
For more than a year and a half the characters of “Dark Shadows” used almost every possible phrase to refer to Barnabas Collins (“He’s not alive!” “He’s one of the undead.” “He walks at night but he ain’t alive.”) It wasn’t until the 410th episode that the word “vampire” was actually used on the show.
Bert Convy was considered for the role of Barnabas Collins. (Oy!)
Charlie’s Angel Jaclyn Smith, was offered the role of Victoria Winters when Alexandra Isles exited the show, but she declined. Kate Jackson would later join the cast in a separate role.
The series was ABC’s first soap opera to appear in color, beginning with the August 14, 1967 telecast. Many shows which transitioned to color endured radical set overhauls, but following some screen testing the crew discovered they didn’t have to change a thing.
At least 11 Dark Shadows Actors were gay. Including: Jonathan Frid, Humbert Allen Astredo, Don Briscoe, Christopher Bernau, Joel Crothers, Louis Edmonds, Anthony George, Gene Lindsey, Keith Prentice, Craig Slocum, and Brian Sturdivant
Jason Kander, the nephew of composer John Kander who wrote the music for such legendary Broadway musicals as Chicago and Cabaret came across a tweet buy the despicable White Supremacist leader Richard B. Spencer praising the Nazi anthem “Tomorrow Belongs to Me.” written by his uncle for the Bier Garden scene in Cabaret.
Jason Kander saw the tweet and took the “alt-right” leader down in 144 characters.
Filmed and produced by Chuck Renslow and Dom Orejudos better known as the artist Etienne and Starred Mike Bradburn and Rod Rector.
Cabin In the Woods was SCANDALOUS for its day.
Hard to believe that in just 7 years Falcon Videos would burst on the scene in 1971 founded by one the unsung gay activists and philanthropist of that era Chuck Holmes, and how the gay pornography would change in such a short period of time.
“Thunderbirds are go!” became a catchphrase to generations thanks to Gerry Anderson, puppetry pioneer and British creator of the UK sci-fi hit “Thunderbirds” tleevision show.
Anderson passed away peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday at a nursing home near Oxfordshire, England, after being diagnosed with mixed dementia two years ago.
Anderson introduced the use of “supermarionation” _ a puppetry technique using thin wires to control marionettes.
He forever changed the direction of sci-fi entertainment,”son Jamie Anderson told the Associated Press. “Lots of animation and films that have been made in the past 20 or 30 years have been inspired by the work that he did.”
He said the TV show was perhaps his father’s proudest achievement _ along with the cross-generational appeal of his body of work, which also included TV shows “Stingray” and “Space: 1999,” among others.
“He was very much a perfectionist and was never happy with any of the end products although he may have been happy with the responses,” Jamie said, describing how his father would involve himself in every aspect of production. “He wasn’t just someone who sat in a chair barking orders, he managed to bring together great teams of great people and between them with a like mindset produced some real gems.”
In recent years, Anderson and his son had become active supporters of Britain’s Alzheimer’s Society. He was determined, despite his own recent diagnosis, to spend the last year of his life speaking out for others living with dementia to ensure their voices were heard and their lives improved
You’ve made it through Halloween, now try to survive Christmas
Released to in 1984 with the hopes of becoming the next “Halloween” Silent was quickly yanked from theaters after only two weeks (not even giving it a chance to play on Christmas) due to the protests of many angry parents. Protesters actually lined up outside theaters with signs that read “Santa Does Not Slay” and “Deck the Halls with Holly, Not Bodies“. Apparently the ad campaign for the movie, which depicted Santa heading down the chimney with a big shiny axe, was giving children nightmares and made them terrified of ol’ Saint Nick. So TriStar caved in to all the pressure from the PTA, the ads were pulled from TV and the movie was removed from theaters shortly after
A young boy watches his parents killed by a thief in a Santa suit. He spends his youth in an orphanage, staying quietly to his self, but his mind is further bent by an iron-handed sadistic Mother Superior. When he turns 18 he finally leaves the orphanage after years of abuse and gets a job at a local store, where he finally snaps when he is required to wear a Santa suit, and goes on a killing spree that leads him slowly back to the orphanage.
The 1958 classic A Night To Remember is a now seldom shown British docudrama based on the book by Walter Lord and stars Kenneth More as the ship’s Second Officer Charles Lightoller and Honor Blackman. It is regarded as one of the most historically accurate of all Titanic disaster films next to James Cameron’s
It’s taken 60 years but the James Jones classic novel From Here To Eternity will be reissued digitally, with previously censored references to homosexuality restored via the ebook firm Open Road.
The heirs of author James Jones struck a deal with ebook firm Open Road to to put out a new edition that includes two scenes which includes Private Angelo Maggio – played by singer Frank Sinatra in the 1950 film – reveals he is paid to have oral sex with another man for money and a scene referring to a military investigation into possible homosexual relationship will also be present.
The new version will also include profanity that was considered too extreme for Eternity’s original publisher Scribner. “It’s been on my mind for quite a few years, and the right moment just hadn’t come up yet. My father fought bitterly to hold on to every four-letter word in the manuscript,” his daughter Kaylie told the New York Times. “The publisher was concerned about getting through the censors.”
On a personal note I’d like to say Thank you to the Jones heirs and to Open Road publishing for returning the original content to the book. We have been around since the beginning of time and by replacing us back into your fathers original vision of From Here To Eternity helps us regain our place in what was an often too scrubbed, repressed era in America Literature. via BBC News
“Carnival of Souls” was shot largely in Lawrence, Kansas, and Salt lake city Utah on a budget of reportedly $30,000 (however, some sources claim the budget was actually $17,000) and during a three-week span. Playing mostly to the drive-in circuit, Carnival of Souls didn’t generate a great deal of interest in its initial release. Nevertheless, the film has since proven to be groundbreaking and influential. Few of the cast members from Carnival of Souls were professional actors, but the real stars here are Harvey’s direction and the film’s mood and atmosphere. Screenwriter John Clifford’s premise of Carnival of Souls, about a woman caught between life and death, was pretty heady stuff for a low-budget early 1960s movie.
If you haven’t seen it is a must watch for any horror or movie junkie
Back2Stonewall.com presents Luchino Visconti’s classic interpretation of the Thomas Mann’s novella “Death In Venice”. Dirk Bogarde plays the ageing composer who reassesses his life when his eyes alight on a beautiful teenage boy
Based on German writer Thomas Mann’s renowned 1912 novella, Luchino Visconti’s film is a stately, majestic work starring a 50-year-old Dirk Bogarde as German composer Gustav Von Aschenbach (a character some suppose to be based on Gustav Mahler, whose music provides the film’s score).
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