Friday, December 14, 2012

Podcast: House of Dark Shadows

The Collinsport Historical Society kicks off its first podcast with a look back at HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS. Kathryn Leigh Scott stops by to talk about her role in the film, while Will McKinley, Jessica Dwyer and Patrick McCray talk about plagiarism, Barnabas Collins’s recipe for banana bread, and why Willie Loomis is the film’s real hero. Featuring the songs “Barnabus Collins: Love Bandit” by Keanya Collins, “The Ballad of Barnabas Collins” by the Von Hoffman Orchestra and “Barnabas Collins” by The Lone Ranger.

You can download the entire podcast as an MP3 by clicking HERE.



THE GUESTS:
KATHRYN LEIGH SCOTT landed the ingénue lead in the classic Gothic daytime drama Dark Shadows in 1966, and starred in the 1971 MGM feature, House of Dark Shadows. Kathryn played four roles in the series: Maggie Evans, Josette du Pres, Lady Kitty Hampshire and Rachel Drummond. Realizing that the enduring and innovative series still has a tremendous following in syndicated reruns throughout the world, Kathryn wrote Dark Shadows Memories to coincide with its 20th anniversary and Dark Shadows Companion as a 25th anniversary tribute.

Kathryn’s theatrical credits include a lengthy run with James Stewart in Harvey in London’s West End. TV audiences have seen her in the four-hour mini-series Voice of the Heart, based on the Barbara Taylor Bradford novel, as Dan Travanti’s wife in Murrow, George C. Scott’s mistress in The Last Days of Patton and Philip Marlowe’s girlfriend in Chandlertown.  Feature films include Providence, The Great Gatsby, Brannigan, The Greek Tycoon, Assassination, 187 and Parasomnia.

WILL McKINLEY is a long-time DARK SHADOWS fan and classic film blogger. You can find him at CINEMATICALLY INSANE.

JESSICA DWYER started the Fangirling at a young age.  Baptized in many a genre by a sister who had tons of Vampirellas sitting about as well as local Creature Feature every Friday night on PBS, Jessica didn’t stand a chance of turning out normal.  Jessica started Fangirl Magazine to celebrate the female fans of the world and the things that they love.  It’s not just the Fanboys out there, and the gals should have a chance to be heard.

PATRICK McCRAY is a well known comic book author who resides in Knoxville, Tenn., where he's been a drama coach and general nuisance since 1997. He has a MFA in Directing and worked at Revolutionary Comics and on the early days of BABYLON 5. You can find him at The Collins Foundation.

6 comments:

David Elijah Nahmod said...

GREAT JOB! Hope to see more podcasts from you. You're so good at this, I hope you go back to Silver Scream as well.

BT said...

WOW! -- THANKS! Did I ever enjoy that! Very well done and thoroughly professional.
I enjoyed all the guest speakers and loved the KLS interview. MORE please!
P.S. This is Bill. My two cents:
I have been a fan for 45 years, since '67. I liked both movies (NoDS better though) -- and long for the day when the extra footage is released.
It was very traumatic seeing Barnabas murder beloved characters, only to die himself. (I despised the flying bat at the end, and saw it as a cheat, a total rule-breaker.) I enjoyed Frid's portrayal of Barnabas more as sympathetic (on the show). Love the film in my own way, but ...
Nothing compares with the original for me.
Again, thanks for all you do.

Frank Jay Gruber said...

Terrific job moderating and very nice work interviewing Kathryn. I look forward to your next podcast.

josettesmusicbox said...

I loved this! Really well done and a lot of fun to listen to. I'll be looking forward to future episodes!

David Elijah Nahmod said...

A few thought: (which doesn't negate how much I enjoyed the podcast)

For all it's classic horror homages, DS had quite a number of original stories & plot twists: The Return of Barnabas, 1795, the dream curse, the use of I-Ching & a staircase for time travel, having different generations of a family look like twins, Laura the Phoenix.
It wasn't all homages!

Cousin Barnabas said...

I agree ... my favorite moments from Dark Shadows were when they veered away from established stories.

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