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This is Universal’s famous “lesbian vampire movie,” but keep your pants on … it’s not exactly Girls Gone Wild. While it’s no more salacious than its predecessor, the subtext of DRACULA’S DAUGHTER isn’t exactly subtle. Zaleska is cursed by impulses she can barely control and turns to modern psychology for help. And my “modern,” I mean “hopelessly antiquated.” The medicine on display in this film is as out-of-date as the superstitions on display, making it almost a battle of ignorances among the main characters. DRACULA’S DAUGHTER gets bonus points for never referencing Sigmund Freud, though.

http://www.collinsporthistoricalsociety.com/2012/11/vampires-101-draculas-daughter-1936.html

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A few weeks back, artist Nick Acosta built composite images to illustrate how the original STAR TREK series might have looked in Cinerama. The results were gorgeous and immediately had me thinking about DARK SHADOWS.

So, using a selection screencaps from various DARK SHADOWS DVDs, I set about trying to recreate the experiment in Collinsport. Instead of aiming for Cinerama dimensions, I opted for the more modest 16X9 of modern television screens. The idea wasn’t to take an existing image and crop it to fit; the images you see above are composites of panning shots. As the camera moved, I took screenshots of the scene, piecing them together in Photoshop to make one image. 

Some of these images turned out a bit kooky. The photography of DARK SHADOWS had a tendency to follow a specific actor throughout a shot, giving me a lot to work with. The bottom two images show how long  sweeping these shots could sometimes be, with the same actor sometimes appearing more than once in a single composite.

STAR TREK was shot on film and has been lovingly (if controversially) restored in HD. DARK SHADOWS is not so lucky. Shot on video tape, it’s unlikely there will ever be a technology that will allow DARK SHADOWS to make the leap to high definition. The picture is a bit soft and blurry, and will never look as good as STAR TREK. While it was a fun experiment, I ultimately decided against using these images on the Collinsport Historical Society website.

So, here they are for your enjoyment. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the results.

If you follow us on Facebook, you know we keep track of the fluctuating price of DARK SHADOWS: THE COMPLETE ORIGINAL SERIES on Amazon. For the last few months, the series has been hovering around the $350 mark … expensive, but still significantly cheaper than the $600 retail price that originally accompanied it. The collection has been know to drop below the $300 threshold from time to time and is dropping again this week, just in time for Halloween: Amazon currently has the set on sale for $267.49.

Here’s what you get:
131 DVDs with all 1,225 Complete Episodes
Commemorative large coffin package housing 22 amarays
Deluxe booklet with episode summaries & photographs
Special Bloopers, Treasures & Behind The Scenes DVDs
Over 120 Bonus Cast & Crew Video Interviews
Other features include nickel hinges, matte/foil coating
Box dimensions: (Coffin), 13 ½ L x 11 ¼ W (at widest) x 5 ¾ D.
Weight: Shipping carton with contents – 15.5lbs


Click HERE to visit the Amazon sales listing.

If you follow us on Facebook, you know we keep track of the fluctuating price of DARK SHADOWS: THE COMPLETE ORIGINAL SERIES on Amazon. For the last few months, the series has been hovering around the $350 mark … expensive, but still significantly cheaper than the $600 retail price that originally accompanied it.

The collection has been know to drop below the $300 threshold from time to time and is dropping again this week, just in time for Halloween: Amazon currently has the set on sale for $267.49.

Here’s what you get:

  • 131 DVDs with all 1,225 Complete Episodes
  • Commemorative large coffin package housing 22 amarays
  • Deluxe booklet with episode summaries & photographs
  • Special Bloopers, Treasures & Behind The Scenes DVDs
  • Over 120 Bonus Cast & Crew Video Interviews
  • Other features include nickel hinges, matte/foil coating
  • Box dimensions: (Coffin), 13 ½ L x 11 ¼ W (at widest) x 5 ¾ D.
  • Weight: Shipping carton with contents – 15.5lbs

Click HERE to visit the Amazon sales listing.