Friday, January 23, 2015


When I use Photoshop, it causes problems.

A while back, I combined an image of SESAME STREET'S Count Von Count and a still from HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS. Why? I was bored and had nothing better to do, honestly. The image was shared on Facebook and, for a while, I forgot about it.

Inspiration struck again many months later, around the time of Dick Smith's death. For a week, images of Smith's make-up effcts that "aged" Jonathan Frid in HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS were everywhere, and it occurred to me that he looked a bit like Statler and Woldorf from THE MUPPET SHOW. (In retrospect, it totally doesn't ... but those were my thoughts at the time.)

One thing led to another, and suddenly I had a mess on my hands. People seeing these images on Facebook didn't know where they were coming from and were turning to Google in search of answers. I know this because the tool I use to track my website traffic told me queries for "Jim Henson's House of Dark Shadows" were bringing people to this website.

If you're one of these people, the answer is "No, this is not real." Given the Muppet's affiliation with the Not Ready for Prime Time Players, Alice Cooper, that degenerate Sandy Duncan and whatever else in the 1970s, I can understand why you could believe this might have happened. But it did not.

Here it is, the whole bloody affair: Jim Henson's HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS.

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