The story this time deals with the secret of a man who kills young women for their blood. She has the movie's best line. Kolchak determines that the killer needs the blood for a kind of which keeps him alive for 21 years at a time. Digging through the moldy archives of the local newspaper with the help of Titus Berry, played by the great Wally Cox , Kolchak discovers that every 21 years since 1889, six women have been strangled during a period of 18 days. Plus, I like his hat. The investigation sends the monster-hunting newshound into the catacombs of an underground city and headlong into a confrontation with a seemingly immortal killer. The movie also features appearances by Margaret Hamilton aka , Richard Anderson Oscar from The Six-Million Dollar Man , and Al Lewis Grandpa Munster.
Finally, Kolchak and Berry convince the police and their boss of the facts: that the killer really is practically immortal, and that he will kill again. Many of these old buildings still exist and have been restored as tourist attractions where guides give lurid exploits of what used to happen. A more assured script which is genuinely funny in places , plus some enjoyable cameo's Carradine, Hamilton , help make this a rare sequel which is better than the original. Coincidentally, a pastiche of Hamilton's infamous witch made an appearance as part of a Wizard of Oz parade in the holiday classic, A Christmas Story, which also starred The Night Strangler lead,. It is a very human enemy, but it is kept in the shadows to build suspense and fear.
Kolchak with the help of a woman named Louise Harper Jo Ann Pflug must capture the killer before the cycle ends…and a murderer continues to live forever. McGavin is truly in his element and confirms the role of Kolchak as his own. Much of the basic set-up for the original film holds strong here. Of course, no one believes Kolchak, and the powers that be want to silence him. Kolchak ran for a single season from - totaling twenty episodes.
Very unfamiliar to me, it adds certain freshness to the story, while the underground old' Seattle is a fantastic location, macabre and memorable; it sticks in my mind long after watching the movie. He is at one point a caricature. You have to keep your priorities straight. Now is when nightmares come to us. Kolchak is on his trail, but the question is, can he stop him before he disappears again? His investigation discovers that six women have been murdered every 21 years since 1868, and guess what? So yes, I am pretty biased towards anything Carl appears in. The thing that stands out most about this film is most definitely the central performance from Darren McGavin. When Carl proposes the theory that the same man is responsible for all the killings going back to 1889, he gets the same response he did in Las Vegas: disbelief, silence and stonewalling.
Because the facts were watered down, torn apart, and reassembled… in a word, falsified. Podcast: Duration: 1:03:03 — 28. Each of his performances is a real treat. This 90-minute version is the one typically released in syndication to fill the standard 2-hour movie slot. By now, Darren McGavin has the hard-headed cockiness of the role down pat — he and Simon Oakland have a ball playing off one another. Obviously more than just a typical serial killer is at loose.
Scott Brady is the belligerent police Captain Shubert, cadaverous John Carradine is the publisher of Kolchak's paper, Al Lewis is a drunken bum lurking in the Seattle underground, and, best of all, the Wicked Witch of the West herself, Margaret Hamilton, is a stern college professor who gives Carl information on alchemy and immortality. Jeff also loves The Night Strangler despite its flaws, and provides a sampling of some of the extras included on the new Kino Lorber Blu-ray and pronounces it well worth the purchase price. Darren McGavin once again plays Kolchak; a maverick reporter who this time finds himself in Seattle after being ran out of Las Vegas probably for annoying everyone with his constant persistence! Kolchak is stonewalled by the police, who want to have certain details of the murders kept secret. In many ways The Night Strangler is a better film that the first one. Jeff lives smack dab in the middle of the cornfields of Iowa and is a long time horror fan. The Night Stalker is the most famous of the two films but almost all fans agree that The Night Strangler is the superior of the two.
In each case, the killer was described as having superhuman strength and in some cases looking like a corpse. The victims have had their throats crushed by a man with incredible strength and a small amount of blood has been syringed out of the base of their skulls. Hooked up with his old editor Tony Simon Oakland , Kolchak finds himself on hot on the heels of another supernatural story. It works far better as a story and, during the venture into the Seattle Underground, far better in terms of atmosphere. Standard; Soundtrack: English; Subtitles: English; audio commentary; interview; featurette.
It's always obvious where it's all going, and the ending doesn't come as a surprise; but it's a fun time getting there. It's a joy to watch these old pro's in action. The only question is: what will he do when he finds him? It spun-out into the television series, which aired on from , to ,. Works based on his novels and stories are 1971 from his I Am Legend, the afterlife fantasy 1998 , the fine ghost story 1999 , 2007 , 2009 and 2011. Kolchak is faced with the fantastical possibility of a killer who is 144 years old. Richard Malcolm, a surgeon in the Union Army during the Civil War, who was one of the original staff at the Westside Mercy Hospital.