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Author:  Phineas J. Whoopee [ Thu Nov 22, 2007 9:56 pm ]
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Kolchack: The Night Strangler


Original Air Date: January 16, 1973
Writer: Richard Matheson {Based on a story by Jeffery Rice}
Director: Dan Curtis

Darren McGavin ...... Carl Kolchak
Jo Ann Pflug ........ Louise Harper
Simon Oakland ....... Tony Vincenzo
Richard Anderson .... Dr. Richard Malcolm
Wally Cox ........... Titus Berry
John Carradine ...... Llewellyn Crossbinder
Al Lewis ............ Tramp

Seattle, Washington: A series of brutal murders of young women are taking place every two decades - and the time has rolled around again. Only this time, Carl Kolchak is on the scene. Unlike Las Vegas, only small amounts of blood are being drained from the bodies. Eye witnesses claim that the perpetrator has the strength of ten men and the face of a corpse. The trail leads Kolchak into the depths of the Seattle Underground.

Author:  DrMoreau [ Thu Apr 17, 2008 9:21 pm ]
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Not as strong as the original movie, but still damn enjoyable. Running around in the Seattle Underground was a great touch. Come on, Jo Ann Pflug, smoking sultry HAWT!


How could Carl not want to help this woman in distress. Add in John "I'm still creepy" Carradine and Al "Grampa Munster" Lewis into any show and it's bound to be fun.

Solid movie with Richard "Oscar Goldman" Anderson as the bad guy. :D


Author:  whitsbrain [ Tue Jul 01, 2008 8:08 pm ]
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"The Night Strangler" isn't nearly as much fun as the original "Night Stalker" movie. It seems overly padded. There is a lot of wandering around through dark streets and misty alleys. Kolchak spends what must be a good 15 minutes poking around the supposed lair of the "Night Strangler". I got the feeling that they needed to fill some run time so they had Darren McGavin stroll around a prop warehouse for a while. The meetings between Kolchak and his boss, Tony Vincenzo, practically drive them both insane; the shouting matches are way over the top. The villain is not as attractive as the vampire in the original Night Stalker film.

The final scene is soft, without much of a conflict. Still, the strength of the Kolchak character and his humorously crazed search for the facts make "The Night Strangler" worth watching. And yeah, DrM, JoAnn Pflug is hot!

My rating: 4 - Fair

Author:  Woodrow Mulligan [ Wed Jul 02, 2008 6:25 am ]
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You forgot the three-way TZ connection Doc! Wally Cox, Richard Matheson and Simon Oakland!
So you know it's gonna be good, plus Darren McGavin made everything enjoyable that he was in.
I just love to watch him and unlike some shows with a main character that has guest stars McGavin is in most every scene so that alone is worth the price of admission. Yeah, not as good as the first, but still heads above most of the shite today. It still catches me by surprise too.

Author:  LoBo [ Fri Jan 15, 2010 3:56 pm ]
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I enjoyed this a lot more than the first film. Perhaps because i am sick of seeing vampire stories. I find this had a better and more interesting story + much more screen time to Vincenzo. I think this deserves 8.

Author:  Two-Bit Floozy Betty Lou [ Tue Sep 03, 2013 5:18 pm ]
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I saw it a short time ago, for maybe the first time ever.
Almost my only problem with it was the tour guide's line about the kind of things that came in with the tide in the early days of Seattle. Some of us can takes Jack the Ripper-type killings in a story, but not talk about sanitation!

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