Richard Matheson's writing is up to his usual standards of excellence. The portrayal of vampire Skorzeny is positively bone-chilling. It's a great little flick to watch late at night, just to get yourself in a spooky mood. I was in junior high when this show premiered and I remember how funny and creepy it was. Also add great supporting stars such as Barry Atwater, Larry Linville, and Claude Akins. But I strongly recommended it to anyone who hasn't. Of course, there is a good amount of suspense in this movie too.
He wants the scoop but he wants to tell it the way it is: truthfully. Darren McGavin is fantastic as Carl Kolchak, an eccentric, down at heel reporter covering a series of murders which are not what they seem. The Night Stalker is probably the best of these movies. Since the viewer doesn't know what type of monster that Kolchak is tracking, there is a little more mystery in the story. The Las Vegas location footage Michel Hugo is beautifully atmospheric.
This female vampire is the scariest, vicious, feral lady vampire this side of the Borgo Pass. Though the producers clearly took McGavin there to shoot miscellaneous stock shots of Kolchak driving around the city and such, most of the action is clearly filmed on Universal's backlot, or on location around Los Angeles, where the scrubby, arid terrain matches the Midwest not at all. The luck of this guy! Darrin McGavin was perfect in the role and Simon Oakland was great as his editor Vincenzo. Vampires aren't real or, are they? This strong supporting cast serves to make the movie all that much better. When the girl at the beginning was attacked I had to walk out of the room. I haven't seen but one or two episodes since I watched the originals in the 70s and would love to see them again. My representative read it and called me.
In fact, Carl Kolchak may be McGavin's finest role. A real old-school reporter, he was cynical and hard-bitten, and his prose tended toward the florid. Furthermore, he's generally reviled by public officials, and after vanquishing something evil from our midst, he never even gets any credit for having risked his neck. It also has that emotional kick in the butt ending that was unexpected and perfect. There is little of the comedic interplay between Vincenzo and Kolchak, which, alternatively, would characterize the series. Uncovering the mysteries of the preternatural are often dead locked by politicians and other bureaucrats, not so inclined to divvy up the truth.
Some of them also have other mysteries around them; one woman's body was found in a sand pit, with no footprints leading to or away from it. There was also a sequence that was deleted from The Night Strangler where Kolchak tracks down a reporter played by George Tobais who covered the previous cycle of murders. Now if we're being honest, I'll have to admit that the quality of the scripts not to mention the special affects was wildly uneven. The film was high rated and even received a theatrical release. It was based on the then-unpublished novel by Jeff Rice titled The Kolchak Papers. His reporter, Carl Kolchak, becomes a believer in the supernatual when he investigates a series of murders where the female victims are drained of blood.
The age old battle of public safety concerns versus economic interests. Carl Kolchak, professional cynic and hunter of the truth. Darren McGavin and Simon Oakland were great together. The point is, Oberst is one of the website's founders, so. The show suffered from special effects, such as the giant reptile in the underground tunnels and the werewolf on board the ship, but all the flaws were made up by McGavin and the usual plot The only silver on board the ship to melt into silver bullets were the buttons on the captain's jackets.
What made The Night Stalker movie work and, to a lesser degree, The Night Strangler , was that Matheson's script did such an extraordinary job making such an absurd concept Vegas vampire perfectly acceptable. Because Kolchak's main characteristics were persistence, an open mind, and incredible curiosity--none of which endeared him to local law enforcement. For years my only source of information concerning the show was an article in Fangoria magazine. Even so, the police officials doubt Kolchak for a long time, in the face of evidence that is seemingly insurmountable. Six women are strangled over a period of 18 days, and then the murders stop. The Las Vegas of 1971 when this movie was shot is much different from the Las Vegas of 2018. In the story, reporter comes across a while working on the who is a modern-day named Janos Skorzeny.
But Vincenzo insists, and off he goes. Alright, so some of the monsters were hardly state-of-the-art, but so what? Suddenly there is a series of murders apparently committed by the vampire killer. Much as Nigel Kneale had done with his Quatermass stories for British television 15 years before, Matheson builds his fantasy on a foundation of extraordinary logic, which in turn makes audiences more willing to suspend their disbelief. I recommend this movie, once again going against my passionate hatred of the 1970s. There's really very little in the way of blood and gore. Without McGavin's lovable, bumbling Carl Kolchak to root for and to care for, then it just ain't a Night Stalker. As i watched the show I could see that this was ahead of its time.
Campy, dated and cheesy - but charming and highly entertaining. When a series of baffling murders where women turn up drained of blood starts, his instincts kick in. If you can find this video rent it or even buy it from Amazon. The X-Files, the most obvious of Night Stalker imitators, shrewdly avoids this kind of nonsense by making such investigations the main characters' job, but in Kolchak all this friction between Kolchak and Vincenzo plays awfully forced. Natrually, this tv movie is, by its very status, unable to focus on the gory overtones of its subject matter but still manages to score highly on the Shock-ometer. I recorded all the episodes save one when SciFi Network ran them two years ago and was amazed by how each monster was a different reflection from a different culture or background or mythology.
I find this to be very sad and I shake a shaming finger at whoever is responsible for this. Robert Makurji, and Stanley Adams as fast-talking used car salesman Fred Hurley. Warren and Beatrice Colen as reporter Jane Plumm. Granted, some of the episodes were silly and the costumes especially the Werewolf costume were goofy, but some of the episodes were really scary and extremely well written. Color was pretty new so we were glued to it. The conclusion is one of the few in the series that takes the necessary time to play out and creates remarkable tension as it draws to a spectacular finish. Much to the anguish of his editor Vincenzo Simon Oakland , Kolchak begins irritating the Sheriff Claude Akins , the Chief Charles McGraw , and the D.