Category Archives: Kolchak: The Night Stalker

Kolchak: The Spanish Moss Murders

Many years ago, a friend and I were driving to Atlanta for a library conference; our route took us across the northeastern corner of Alabama during a moonlit night. When we stopped for gas, she excitedly pointed out some nearby … Continue reading

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Kolchak: Two episodes

The Devil’s Platform “Palmer is evil incarnate! He’s going to go all the way to the White House, to the Oval Office!” Not one of my favorites, but I suppose it was inevitable in the immediate post-Watergate era. In brief, … Continue reading

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Kolchak: Firefall

I’ve always been fond of this episode, in spite of its flaws. It shows a certain originality in merging the phenomena of spontaneous human combustion with the ages-old myths and legends of the double spirit, fetch, or doppelganger; the only … Continue reading

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Kolchak: The Werewolf

Werewolf on a cruise ship (I know, I know, it’s serious) There’s a lot I really like in this episode, and one thing that really lets it down. But we’ll save that for later. After the usual introductory framing narration, … Continue reading

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Kolchak: The Vampire

“This vampire didn’t come from Transylvania. It came from Las Vegas!” Although no one says so distinctly–probably for copyright reasons–this episode is a sequel to the original Night Stalker movie. Catherine Rawlins, the eponymous vampire, is another victim of Janos … Continue reading

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Kolchak: They Have Been, They Are, They Will Be…

This isn’t one of my favorite episodes; I usually skip over it on the DVD. But I’ll bet that Chris Carter, creator of The X-Files, likes it more than I do. He’s always attributed the inspiration for his own show … Continue reading

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Kolchak: The Zombie

The second episode of Kolchak: The Night Stalker breaks away from the template established by the two made-for-TV movies that the show was based upon. And it’s educational as well! No exotic dancers, massage-parlor employees,  or anybody else dressed like … Continue reading

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Kolchak: The Ripper

Carl Kolchak (Darren McGavin, now and for always) is riding on an El train through Chicago and talking into his little pocket tape-recorder. Although his lip movements don’t match the narrative voice-over, this is what he says to get our … Continue reading

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DVD Review: The Night Strangler

Both this movie and The Night Stalker are on the same DVD. I was originally planning to do both as one review, then cut it into two pieces at the last minute. After the enormous success of The Night Stalker, … Continue reading

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DVD Review: The Night Stalker

Now that I’m finished with Dark Shadows, I’ve decided to go on to another short-lived but influential series that began life as a Dan Curtis production and the movie that started it off. The Night Stalker, screenplay by Richard Matheson, … Continue reading

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