Monday, March 18, 2013

Podcast: THE HOUSE OF MYSTERY


This week, The Collinsport Historical Society podcast takes a trip back to the days of DARK SHADOWS before the arrival of a certain cane-carrying vampire. CHS proprietor WALLACE McBRIDE and PATRICK McCRAY are joined this week by RUSS and CHRISSY CHAPPELL, the creators of the Dark Shadows podcast, THE DRAWING ROOM. We talk about the tone of those early episodes, the frequently absurd mysteries that drove the pre-Barnabas narrative, and which character was the program's REAL villain.

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7 comments:

Hawkeye Girl said...

The greatest villain of the early episodes was Jason McGuire, of course! Couldn't agree more! Talk about a character who was "too smart" to be around for too long & got killed off! You have to admit, he was onto Barnabas' secret way ahead of everyone else, his mistake was to wave that knowledge in Barnabas' face (see ep #264!) Well, that, and getting too greedy. (LOL) I do entirely agree about the glorious "noir" look & atmosphere of the early episodes which is why the B&W episodes have a special place in my heart, and the terrific dialogue, especially as penned by Malcolm Marmorstein.

Robert said...

Why is it that Laura Collins, the Phoenix ,was barely mentioned during a 52 minute podcast about pre-Barnabas Collins Dark Shadows? If it were not for her, DS would not have lasted to bring Barnabas on. Laura was the greatest female villain character of Dark Shadows-with all due respect to the awesome talents of Lara Parker in the somewhat derivative role of witch and very derivative role as female vampire-the scariest vampire ever on the show. The Phoenix was and is a very unique character and frankly it was too bad Diana Millay was unable to have a longer run the first time as she was pregnant and the second time she got shoehorned into the 1897 stories arc.

Laura Collins is a very underrated character because by late 1967, Dark Shadows had become, as one of the speakers said, the Adventures of Barnabas Collins Show-and also, because when Angelique hit her stride as well there just was not enough room in Collinsport for two female lead villains.

Perhaps you can do a podcast or part of a podcast just on Laura Collins, the ORIGINAL Dark Shadows supernatural creature.

I have been a DS fan since 1967. Thanks and keep up the good work.

Cousin Barnabas said...

I can only speak for myself, but the reason I didn't have much to say about Laura Collins is because I haven't seen those episodes for 20 years. I'm working my way through the series and haven't reached that story arc yet (see the DARK SHADOWS DIARY feature to find out how close I am.)

The Poor In Spirit said...

Thank you; the Laura Collins story arc begins approx, episode 123 (I am doing this from memory) and ends approximately episode 192.

cynthia curran said...

A Phoenix fan too, century after century.she comes back.

cynthia curran said...

I got to see some of the early Laura episodes and somewhat more eerie than Barnabas They took her from someone just insane in a sanitarium to the supernatural and its interesting how her story line was written around. David has a strange feeling about his mother when she first arrives and his first impression is correct.

cynthia curran said...

The writing was better on the earlier episodes and I like the Outdoor scenery better than the in studio phony tombstones that you seen later in the series.

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