Friday, October 2, 2015

Burke Devlin returns in DARK SHADOWS: AND RED ALL OVER

On June 27, 1966, the first episode of DARK SHADOWS premiered on ABC. The production would never again have the luxury afforded its debut episode. In addition to the location shooting that took place out of state, the cast was granted the unheard of two days of taping at the small studio on Manhattan's West 53rd Street. It was probably an exciting and terrifying time for everyone involved.

Among the actors appearing in that first episode almost 50 years ago were Kathryn Leigh Scott and Mitchell Ryan. In a few weeks, the two will be reunited in Big Finish's 50th audio drama, "And Red All Over." And the episode looks to possibly resolve a dangling plot thread from the original series: Whatever happened to Burke Devlin?

Devlin was lost and presumed dead in an airplane crash in South America. By the time Devlin — who was both the hero and villain of DARK SHADOWS when the show began — exited the series, Ryan had been replaced by the late Anthony George. Bumping off the character, even in such a non-committal way as a plane crash on another continent, was probably not that difficult a decision for the producers. Fans never warmed to George in the role, a sentiment that hasn't changed much in the years since.

Big Finish has released a trailer for the episode, which you can hear below. In it, you'll hear another familiar name mentioned, that of Joe Haskell. I have no idea what any of this means, but I'm intrigued.

Meanwhile, Big Finish is celebrating Halloween by putting one of the best episodes in the series on sale. For a limited time, you can get the MP3 version of DARK SHADOWS: BEYOND THE GRAVE for just $2.99. This is one of the boldest episodes ever produced for the line, as well as one of the scariest.

Via: Big Finish

Broadcast Alert: TCM to air HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS

NOTE: This piece was originally published Sept. 22, but I'm pushing it back to the top as a reminder about this weekend's broadcast.

Turner Classic Movies will be airing HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS at 3:30 a.m. EST, Saturday, Oct. 3. The film is part of a late-night horror movie package, and will air immediately 1974's HOUSE OF THE SEVEN CORPSES and the 1963 classic, THE HAUNTING.

TCM's schedule can be a little confusing. HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS falls onto the channels "primetime" schedule, which begins at 8 p.m. and extends to 6 a.m. the following day. While it's slated to be broadcast "Oct. 2," the film technically airs on the morning of Oct. 3.

You can read the full day's schedule HERE.

If you're new to this website, make sure you visit our very first podcast, published way back on Dec. 13, 2012. It's about HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS and features commentary by actress Kathryn Leigh Scott, Will McKinley, Jessica Dwyer, Patrick McCray and myself. You can listen to it streaming below, or download it as an MP3 by clicking HERE.


A few months back, a copy of the shooting script for Tim Burton's DARK SHADOWS surfaced. Even though the Internet has turned into a cosmic bazaar, offering up pretty much anything for download that can be converted to a series of ones and zeroes, Seth Grahame-Smith's script has proven difficult to find. (John August's original screenplay, which reportedly bares no resemblance to anything that appears in the final film, still eludes me.)

In July, I provided a crude breakdown of the differences between Grahame-Smith's 2010 screenplay and the final film. Some of these changes were minor, other pretty significant. Such as the ending, which sees Victoria Winters dying at the foot of Widows' Hill mere seconds before the closing credits roll. Do you hear that sound? That's my blood pressure rising to dangerous levels.

This seems like a good time to introduce our guests for this podcast: Patrick McCray and Brooke Perrin. Even though the movie continues to get under my skin, I've said what I have to say about DARK SHADOWS and decided it would be more interesting to bring in different voices to talk about Grahame-Smith's original script.

You can listen to their conversation (streaming) above, or download it as an MP3 by clicking HERE.


Confession: I don't listen to many podcasts. It's not that I don't enjoy the format, but it's difficult to find to time to reserve for 30-60 minutes for an isolated listening session. (I'm still trying to catch up on Big Finish's DARK SHADOWS audio dramas this year.)

There are a few that I like, though. At the top of my short list are The Dana Gould Hour, WTF with Marc Maron and Desmond Reddick's Dread Media podcast.

The latest addition to my playlist is the Plaid Stallions podcast. While I've been a fan of the website for years, it was only recently that I discovered their podcast. As it happens, my timing couldn't have been better: the latest episode centers on KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER. It's a long discussion (hitting about 69 minutes, haha) that covers the original television movies, the short-lived series, the scarcity of KOLCHAK merchandise, and an attempt to get a comic book about the character off the ground in the '70s. You should absolutely listen to it.

You can listen to the episode streaming above, or download it as an MP3 by clicking HERE.

If you haven't visited the Plaid Stallions website, you can find it HERE.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Podcast: Daniel Collard takes an extended detour to Collinsport

Daniel Collard
Daniel Collard is a writer and actor who has played a number of roles in the DARK SHADOWS audio series, and is responsible for the script for September’s release, “Tainted Love.” Here, at the UK recording of “In The Twinkling of An Eye,” he talks to Robert Dick about his passion for the series.

Please note that this episode contains spoilers for “Tainted Love” and "Bloodlust."

You can download the interview for free HERE.

And subscribe to THE COLLINSPORT HISTORICAL SOCIETY podcast on iTunes by clicking HERE

ABC Family hopes you like Tim Burton

ABC Family continues to put all their eggs in a Tim Burton-shaped basket this Halloween. This marks the channels 17th(!) year of celebrating the holiday with the safest selection of horror-ish movies this side of your church's "trunk or treat" event.

Burton continues to dominate this year's "13 Days of Halloween" programming. If you don't like the director you're going to have a bad time, because his films are absent only four days this year. The channel has opted to fill those holes with CASPER, THE ADDAMS FAMILY and PARANORMAN ... films that might politely be called Burtonesque.

There are a few odd choices included in the mix this year, and WOW are those choices odd. 2012's DARK SHADOWS makes a quick appearance on Oct. 28, but its inclusion seems a little inappropriate. Yeah, it shares the "Fashions by Hot Topic" aesthetic seen in so many of the other films on the list, but I have to wonder how the editors will dance around the scene where Helena Bonham Carter gives Johnny Depp a blowjob. That's probably not a concern for CASPER, the PG-rated film that immediately follows it.

And if that's not weird enough, the childhood-trauma inducing POLTERGEIST is set to air Oct. 30. It's refreshing to see a straight-up Horror Movie™ included in the roster, but POLTERGEIST is just a short hop from broadcasting CREEPSHOW. And it's followed by 1986's POLTERGEIST II: THE OTHER SIDE, a movie that nobody wants to see.


Here's a complete list of this year's 13 NIGHTS OF HALLOWEEN. Mileage may vary.

Night 1 (Monday, Oct. 19)
1:30 p.m. ET - "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1"
5 p.m. ET - "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2"
9 p.m. ET - "Hocus Pocus"
12 a.m. ET - "Tim Burton's Corpse Bride"

Night 2 (Tuesday, Oct. 20)
4 p.m. ET - "Tim Burton's Corpse Bride"
6 p.m. ET - "Hocus Pocus"
9 p.m. ET - "Stitchers" 2015 Halloween Special
12 p.m. ET - "Casper"

Night 3 (Wednesday, Oct. 21)
5 p.m. ET - "Casper"
7 p.m. ET - "The Addams Family"
9 p.m. ET - "Addams Family Values"
12 a.m. ET - "I Know What You Did Last Summer"

Night 4 (Thursday, Oct. 22)
4 p.m. ET - "The Addams Family"
6 p.m. ET - "Addams Family Values"
8 p.m. ET - "The Hunger Games"
12 a.m. ET - "I Still Know What You Did Last Summer"

Night 5 (Friday, Oct. 23)​
5:30 p.m. ET - "The Hunger Games"
8:30 p.m. ET - "Sleepy Hollow"
12 a.m. ET - "Matilda"

Night 6 (Saturday, Oct. 24)
7 a.m. ET - "Matilda"
9 a.m. ET - "ParaNorman"
11 a.m. ET - "Tim Burton's Corpse Bride"
1 p.m. ET - "The Nightmare Before Christmas"
2:30 p.m. ET - "Casper"
4:30 p.m. ET - "The Addams Family"
6:30 p.m. ET - "Addams Family Values"
8:30 p.m. ET - "Disney/ Pixar's Monsters University"
11 p.m. ET - "Disney/ Pixar's Toy Story OF TERROR!"
11:30 p.m. ET - "Hocus Pocus"

Night 7 (Sunday, Oct. 25)
7 a.m. ET - "ParaNorman"
9 a.m. ET - "Tim Burton's Corpse Bride"
11 a.m. ET - "Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas"
12:30 p.m. ET - "Casper"
2:30 p.m. ET - "The Addams Family"
4:30 p.m. ET - "Addams Family Values"
6:30 p.m. ET - "Disney/ Pixar's Toy Story OF TERROR!"
7 p.m. ET - "Disney/ Pixar's Monsters University"
9:45 p.m. ET - "Hocus Pocus"

Night 8 (Monday, Oct. 26)
5:30 p.m. ET - "Sleepy Hollow"
9 p.m. ET - "Disney/ Pixar's Toy Story OF TERROR!"
9:30 p.m. ET - "Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas"
12 a.m. ET - "Tim Burton's Frankenweenie"

Night 9 (Tuesday, Oct. 27)
4:00 p.m. ET - "Tim Burton's Frankenweenie"
6 p.m. ET - "Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas"
7:30 p.m. ET - "Disney/ Pixar's Toy Story OF TERROR!"
9 p.m. ET - "Hocus Pocus"
12 a.m. ET - "ParaNorman"

Night 10 (Wednesday, Oct. 28)
4 p.m. ET - "ParaNorman"
6 p.m. ET - "Hocus Pocus"
8:15 p.m. ET - "Dark Shadows"
12 a.m. ET - "Casper"

Night 11 (Thursday, Oct. 29)
5 p.m. ET - "Casper"
7 p.m. ET - "The Addams Family"
9 p.m. ET - "Addams Family Values"
12 a.m. ET - "Hocus Pocus"

Night 12 (Friday, Oct. 30)
2:30 p.m. ET - "The Addams Family"
4:30 p.m. ET - "Addams Family Values"
6:30 p.m. ET - "Hocus Pocus"
8:30 p.m. ET - "Poltergeist"
12 a.m. ET - "Poltergeist II: The Other Side"

Night 13 (Saturday, Oct. 31)
7 a.m. ET - "Batman"
10 a.m. ET - "Batman Returns"
12: 30 p.m. ET - "Poltergeist"
3 p.m. ET - "Sleepy Hollow"
5:30 p.m. ET - "Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas"
7 p.m. ET - "Hocus Pocus"
9:15 p.m. ET - "Hocus Pocus"
11:30 p.m. ET - "Sleepy Hollow"

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

DARK SHADOWS: "It's better than you might think"

As you probably know by now, I pretty much hate Tim Burton's DARK SHADOWS movie. I rank it as just a little bit higher than Franken Stool, but not quite as bad as stepping barefoot onto a sewing needle. But the movie has its defenders. Some of them (the ones with particularly thick skins) continue to read this website.

Which brings me to this video, featuring Ty Burr and Wesley Morris visiting (or re-visiting? It's not made clear) the 2012 Burton film. The seem to like the film, but can't muster much enthusiasm to full endorse it. "It's better than you might think" is the definition of faint praise.

You can watch the video above, which runs just over a minute.

Listen to the teaser for Big Finish's adaption of THE PRISONER

A new trailer was released today for Big Finish's upcoming adaption of THE PRISONER. Don't get too excited, though, because the trailer doesn't do much besides stress the concept of the original television show.

It's fitting that this adaption continues to be shrouded in mystery. Yes, Big Finish has released a summary of all four episodes planned for the full-cast audio drama, (revealing a mix of adapted and original content). "We're re-imagining the original 1967 TV series," says writer/director Nicholas Briggs. "It isn't a continuation. We've ‘recreated’ it from the very beginning (and, hopefully, one day, until the end). It’s different, but it’s very much in the spirit of the original." That pretty much spells out Big Finish's goals for THE PRISONER.

Here's where things get a little mysterious, though: the series is scheduled for release in January and there has still been no casting announcement. This, despite the presence of the series' cast in the new trailer ... and what has to be their likenesses on the teaser art for the series. Weird.

An eagle-eyed fan at the Big Finish Listeners page on Facebook identified the support cast on the cover as Celia Imrie, John Standing, Ramon Tikaram and Michael Cochrane.

Listen to the trailer below!

Via: Big Finish

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