Kolchak – The Night Stalker (1974)

When I heard Kolchak – The Night Stalker would become available on DVD I became very excited. Interestingly, I was 10 years old when the series' short single season aired on ABC. I remember being scared and amused by the show's content as a kid, but how would I react 31 years later as an adult? I was pleasantly surprised to see that the content is still captivating even today. Although several people have compared the X-Files to The Night Stalker I can only find one comparable aspect; both shows tried to explain the paranormal and unearthed the unimaginable. I may be among the minority, but I preferred The Night Stalker to The X-Files, even though the show only produced 20 episodes.

Journalist Carl Kolchak (Darren McGavin ) had a nose for stories that exposed the supernatural and paranormal. With his ever-present tape recorder and flashbulb camera in hand, Kolchak captured network TV's horror quotient during the mid-nineteen seventies with his coarse charm and loud mouth. Carol Lynley played Kolchak's sympathetic girlfriend. Ralph Meeker, Claude Akins, Kent Smith, and Charles McGraw costar as cast members Kolchak methodically repels.
Universal is probably releasing Kolchak – The Night Stalker DVDs to coincide with the new "The Night Stalker" TV series being produced / written by Frank Spotnitz ("The X-Files", "The Lone Gunmen"). I hope the new episode will be half as enjoyable as the original. Check out this 3 DVD set for horror television at its best.

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