Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Dark Shadows Lives!

For a television show cancelled in 1971, there are a lot of people talking about DARK SHADOWS today. Here's a roundup:

►The movies that introduced Carl Kolchak to the world are getting high-def upgrades this year, just in time for Halloween. Kino Lorber is prepping 4K restorations of 1972's THE NIGHT STALKER, as well as it's 1973 sequel THE NIGHT STRANGLER. Both are scheculed for release Oct. 2 from Kino Lorber this October, along with its 1973 sequel, THE NIGHT STRANGLER. Note that contributions from our own Robert Cobert and Dan Curtis appear on the bonus features for both discs.

The Night Stalker (1972) with optional English subtitles
• Brand New 4K Restoration!
• NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas
• NEW Interview with Director John Llewellyn Moxey
• NEW Interview with Composer Bob Cobert
• "The Night Stalker: Dan Curtis Interview" featurette
• Limited Edition Booklet essay by Film critic and author Simon Abrams (Blu-ray only)
• Newly Commissioned Art by Sean Phillips
• Limited Edition O-Card Slipcase (Blu-ray only)

The Night Strangler (1973)
• Brand New 4K Restoration!
• NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas
• NEW Interview with Composer Bob Cobert
• "Directing 'The Night Strangler'" Featurette
and more.

Dark Shadows Before I Die arrives at episode 539, which brings Harry Johnson back into our lives and finds much of the cast exhibiting a lot of unearned confidence in their abilities to control Adam. Abstract: "Perhaps she should provide him with some of Roger's old Rover Boys books from the basement to read, rather than the Elizabeth Barrett Browning love sonnets that appear to be inspiring amorous feelings for her." Read the whole piece HERE.

The Dark Shadows Daybook is spending the summer in 1968, just a few episodes away from our previous bullet point: Episode 552. "As Adam looks to Barnabas to solve all of his problems, I felt a bit as if I were watching Sam Hall recount Grayson’s encounters with unhinged fans who looked to the stars as living gods." Read the whole piece HERE.

►Work on the sequel to DARK SHADOWS: BLOODLUST, titles BLOODLINE, has entered the studio phase. The official Twitter account for the Big Finish audio like posted the photo below, shwing some shadowy figures recording their lines at an unspecified location.

►Meanwhile, Janet Varney confirmed on Twitter that her costume design for an upcoming episode of STAN AGAINST EVIL was inspired by HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS.

And if that's not enough evidence, here's what series creator Dana Gould had to say:
"I totally showed wardrobe and hair the pic of Carolyn from HODS and said 'That.' I dare say, Janet has never looked better."

►Finally, here's a nifty sketch of Barnabas Collins by Zuri Grimm, aka @spookeriffic

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