Adam and his face that begs for caressing fingertips. Sam obliges.

Adam and his face that begs for caressing fingertips. Sam obliges.

It took a few weeks in, but foxy Frankensteinian Adam has really grown on me – and on recovering alcoholic/blind painter Sam Evans!

Adam in doll form.

Adam in doll form.

Recently blinded by a curse from Angelique, Sam is feeling vulnerable but uncharacteristically empathetic – and inexorably drawn to the new character Adam, whom most of the other Collinsport residents refer to as “the monster.”

The barely verbal, hulking simpleton is portrayed by Robert Rodan, whose only icredits include Adam on DS and an American/Swedish eurosleaze hidden camera film from 1969, which received the following curt review from an imdb viewer:

The only reason to see this film is to see Dark Shadows cast member Robert Rodan bare his tush. Once that thrilling moment passes, the film is utterly worthless, so poorly made it’s not even campy.

I’m sold! But in the meantime, while I’m assiduously tracking down said Swedish smut, I’ll have to content myself with Rodan as Adam, who plays a personal favorite sort of sexy guy: outsized, laconic, not so bright, somewhat menacing, and simmering with hints of hideousness while looking hot as fuck in a wool turtleneck.

1968 Sears Catalogue Undead Sexiness: Robert Roldan as Adam on Dark Shadows.

1968 Sears Catalogue Unholy Sexiness: Robert Roldan as Adam on Dark Shadows.

He seems to be Sam’s type as well. Since being blinded by Angelique for the overnight rush job of painting her portrait as a 200-year-old woman, Sam has settled in rather complacently with his new disability. It’s not just his demeanor, however; Sam is sporting a whole new look to go with his sightlessness.

Sam's new look for blindness, which also doubles for dirty old man incognito attempting to enter an adult book store private booth. He's even got the trenchcoat!

Sam’s new look for blindness, which also doubles for dirty old man incognito attempting to enter an adult book store private booth. He’s even got the trenchcoat!

He appears rather adult-book-store pervy in his dark glasses with his swirly mustache, which is perfect for his tender scene with Adam, whom he has realized is the monster who kidnapped Carolyn and held her prisoner in an abandoned root cellar.

Perhaps this element of savagery provides the key to his appeal:

Sam, like Jean Genet, is attracted to the roguish element, the rough outsider, the unattainable other. Adam couldn’t be any more “other” – he’s amateurishly patched together from assorted cadavers stolen from graves – and Sam cannot keep his hands off that horrific, handsome face.


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But like all rough trade, Adam carries real threat along with his heat, and ultimately Sam’s infatuation with the sex-infused, re-animated creature leads him to doom, as Adam ends up cracking Sam’s skull after Willie fails to placate him with shiny jewelry. And so as I welcome Adam into my heart, I must bid sad farewell to stalwart Sam Evans and actor David Ford.

Love sometimes means paying the highest price.

Adam says farewell to his saviour Sam at the hospital.

Adam says farewell to his saviour Sam at the hospital.

books

1 – State of Wonder/Ann Patchett
2 – Give Me Everything You Have/James Lasdun
3 – Run/Ann Patchett
4 – Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls/David Sedaris
5 – Case Histories/Kate Atkinson
6 – Life After Life/Kate Atkinson
7 – In the Pleasure Groove/John Taylor (Duran Duran)
8 – Frankenstein/Mary Shelley
9 – The Picture of Dorian Gray/Oscar Wilde
10 – The Importance of Being Earnest/Oscar Wilde
11 – Fodor’s China
12 – Frommer’s Ireland
13 – Rick Steves’ Ireland
14 – Picture This – This is How Pictures Work/Molly Bang
15 – Hyberbole and  a Half/Allie Brosh
16 – The Book of Life/Deborah Harkness
17 – Two Weeks in the Midday Sun/Roger Ebert
18 – Bel Canto/Ann Patchett
19 – The Pot and How to Use It/Roger Ebert
20 – Wicked/Gregory Maguire
21 – The Giver/Lois Lowry
22 – Cat Sense/John Bradshaw
23 – Gathering Blue/Lois Lowry
24 – Yes Please/Amy Poehler

my movies december 2014

108 – Playtime – first Tati, effervescent
109 – Die Hard with a Vengeance – familiar, stupid fun
110 – Sleepy Hollow – inner gothic teen
111 – Harry Potter and Goblet of Fire – it’s always on
112 – Cedar Rapids – great Wire joke
113 – The Book Thief – diluted, saccharine adaptation
114 – Pride and Prejudice – all things Austen
115 – Rush – surprisingly engaging, tense
116 – Mr. Dynamite – more a love letter
117 – Jodorowsky’s Dune – please watch it
118 – Crazy Love – seriously, crazy people
119 – Wild – expected, fine, unsurprising
120 – And Then There Were None – more enjoyable Christie
121 – Obvious Child – hard-to-like, juvenile lead
122 – Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? – campy classics continue
123 – Arsenic and Old Lace – a family favorite

my movies november 2014

99 – Gone Girl – a great gimmick
100- Birdman – weird, deep comedy
101 – Jonestown – I’d no idea
102 – Casablanca – family holiday favorite
103 – Whiplash – best of 2014 (decade?)
104 – Bad Words – excellent swearing technique
105 – Big Hero 6 – simply adorable
106 – Nebraska – Payne always delivers
107 – Hello Ladies – painfully, hilariously awkward

my movies october 1024

91 – Gone with the Wind – saw in theater
92 – Asphalt Jungle – didn’t quite engage
93 – Red Riding 1974 – weird horror trilogy
94 – Gideon’s Army – our broken system
95 – We’re the Millers – becoming go-to background
96 – Wanderlust – stuck in Ireland
97 – Maleficent – I don’t know
98 – Toy Story – one frightening baby

my movies september 2014

84 – Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – humans are dumb
85 – Gates of Heaven – weirdo documentary inception
86 – Off the Charts – more endearing oddballs
87 – Guardians of the Galaxy – mega-hit delivers fun
88 – The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – enjoyed more in-flight
89 – Team America – still totally offensive (in a good way)
90 – 112 Weddings – a great concept

my movies august 2014

76 – 42 – better than average
77 – Snowpiercer – Swinton’s great villain
78 – Love Child – millennials scare me
79 – Lee Daniels’ The Butler – fine, not too
80 – Bye Bye Birdie – Kids, kids today!
81 – Jodorowsky’s Dune – inspired and inspirational
82 – The Sweet Hereafter – more hopeful, unexpected
83 – The Hobbit – The Desolation of Smaug – growing on me

my movies july 2014

I was shocked – shocked – to find I had not posted since June! Jeez what have I been doing? So there will be several movie posts now.

66 – Breaker Morant – I’m history ignorant
67 – Life Itself – beloved critic tribute
68 – 22 Jump Street – this ends it
69 – Mortal Instruments – City of Bones – needs cuter boy
70 – Rise of the Planet of the Apes – Dawn sequel prep
71 – The Internship – leads too old
72 – The Station Agent – forgot how good
73 – Frozen – I get it
74 – Killer Joe – one fucked-up ending
75 – Blue Jasmine – surprisingly good, current

my movies june 2014When you’re on a plane to Beijing, you will watch just about anything. With the in-flight movie selection improving and number increasing this allows for fast work of a 12 hours flight.

58 – We Bought a Zoo – stop precocious kids
59 – The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – high hopes dashed
60 – The Wolf of Wall Street – surprising, engaging hubris
61 – Ender’s Game – over-simplified, lacks context62 – Thor – The Dark World – Norse mythological fun!
63 – Chef – sappy studio ending
64 – X-Men Days of Future Past – complicated plot success
65 – The Fault in Our Stars – sucker for Shailene

my movies may 201446 – We’re the Millers – raunchy, funny enough
47 – Neighbors – wives shallow too
48 – Iron Giant – still touching wonder
49 – The Vow – yep, dopey weeper
50 – Martha Marcy May Marlene – abrupt, disappointing ending
51 – Moonrise Kingdom – charms remain potent
52 – Enough Said – Holofcenter lightens up
53 – Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter – dumber than expected
54 – Snake Eyes – Crazy Cage canon
55 – Lola Versus – becomes upsympathetic, unlikable
56 – Monuments Men – lacks focus, fun
57 – Anchorman 2 – not weird enough

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