An investigative reporter stumbles onto an artist that has made a pact to come back after his death to sculpt a statue of a demon using human blood and clay. Once the demon is awakened he will be granted immortality.
Investigative reporter Carl Kolchak, who's after his wife's killer, Carl's partners Perri Reed and Jain McManus and their boss Tony Vincenzo investigate strange crimes in L.A. that may or may not have dark supernatural elements to them.
Terrified of being buried alive by mistake, a woman puts a phone in her crypt to be able to call home if she needs help. She dies and nothing happens. One day, the phone suddenly rings. Paranormal investigator Nelson Orion is brought in.
Reporter Carl Kolchak is now in Seattle, Washington, trying to solve the mystery of several strangulations that recur every few years where the victims are drained of blood in this second made for TV pilot.Written by
Beyond the 90-minute version, there was additional footage filmed featuring George Tobias as Jimmy "Stacks" Stackhaus, a reporter who had reported on the previous series of "Strangler" murders in the 1930's. In that footage, Kolchak tracks down the veteran reporter and speaks with him about the murders. See more »
Several of the articles shown in the archive files of the "Seattle Daily Chronicle" clearly have the headline pasted over genuine newspaper pages by the art department; this is especially noticeable on the edition from [Tuesday] 27th March 1952 headed "WOMAN STRANGLED IN PIONEER SQUARE", which is peeling away. See more »
Get this straight, Mr. Kolchak. No carnival or hoopla tactics on this paper. This isn't Fun Town, USA. This is Seattle.
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There is a 90-minute version, which features additional footage with Al Lewis, Kate Murtagh, George DiCenzo, and Margaret Hamilton which was cut for the original TV release. This 90-minute version is the one typically released in syndication to fill the standard 2-hour movie slot. See more »
I have been a fan since I read the first Rice book, and have stayed with it even up to the new series. I have all the DVDs and several on VHS in my collection. The character (Carl) has both inspired my real life and my own fiction, and will do so long after I'm gone. No matter what The Night Stalker in whatever form he resides should never be forgotten. I'm personally waiting for a novel version of The Night Killers. After watching the original TV movie and saw the next one was going to appear I nearly died waiting to see it hit the screen. Much to my delight it was as grand as the first. When the TV series hit the air waves I was just as please. Especially with the follow up story to the first TV movie. I would have loved to have seen more stories based upon that story line. Even this story line in The Night Strangler would have been worked. I was really burnt when the series was canceled, and even wrote letters of protest. Whenever the shows show up on scifi or anywhere I tune in. I never get tired of the saga and often feel for Carl and his struggles. The new series was interesting in it's own way, but not the same Carl of the original shows. Unfortunately it to was canceled, and now I have to wait for the next installment. Let's hope someone out there in Hollyworld sees the true merit and does a new version that measures up.
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