Kolchak: The Night Stalker

Episode 2

The Night Strangler

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Jan 16, 1973 on ABC
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The Night Strangler

A serial killer is on the loose in Seattle, a killer who drains small amounts of blood from the women he strangles. Only reporter Carl Kolchak suspects that the killer's abilities and origins may be supernatural in origin - but can he stop the killings before the murderer disappears for good?


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  • The Night Strangler

    magine this scenario, classic horror fans: the novelist who wrote The Last Man On Earth teams up with the producer who created Dark Shadows for a series of television movies involving a pain- in-the- ass, hard-nosed newspaper reporter who covers crimes involving the supernatural. No need to use your imagination, this really happened. The movie The Night Stalker aired on ABC television on January 11, 1972, and featured reporter Carl Kolchak. In this first movie, written by Matheson, and produced by Dan Curtis, who also brought to the small screen the classic Trilogy of Terror, starred actor Darrin McGavin debuting as the character he would later make famous in the movie sequel and television series. http://www.zombielogicblog.blogspot.com/2012/04/zombielogics-incredibly-brief-movie_14.htmlmoreless
  • Investigative reported Carl Kolchak with a penchant for the bizarre, the supernatrual, and the occult, resurfaces again. This time Seattle, Washington is his place and he goes after another serial killer.moreless

    In a follow up to the original 1972 hit TV movie. Our hero Carl Kolchak now works in Seattle, Washington. During this film he find a Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde like serial killer lurking in the catacombs of The Seattle Underground. From 1889 to 1973 a serial killer go out for two weeks, strangles the victims and drains the blood in the process. The killings take place every twenty one years through a news historian and much to the chagrin of his cantankerous boss Anthony(Tony) Vincenzo. He also finds out through a college professor about a secret anti-aging elixor. Our killer is a former Union Army Surgeon who uses blood to stop his aging process.

    A great supporting cast in this film is included. Al Lewis(Grandpa Munster), Margeret Hamilton(The Wicked Witch on the Wizard OF Oz), Scott Brady, JoAnne Pflug, Wally Cox(The Voice of Underdog, and his final appearance), Richard Anderson(Oscar Goldman of The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman).moreless
Jo Ann Pflug

Jo Ann Pflug

Louise Harper

Guest Star

Scott Brady

Scott Brady

Capt. Roscoe Schubert

Guest Star

Wally Cox

Wally Cox

Titus Berry

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When the killer busts into the restaurant and attacks the sixth victim, there's a scream on the soundtrack but the woman's mouth doesn't move on the screen.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • [opening narration]
      Carl Kolchak: This is the story behind the most incredible series of murders to ever occur in the city of Seattle, Washington. You never read about them in your local newspapers or heard about them on your local radio or television station. Why? Because the facts were watered down, torn apart, and reassembled... in a word, falsified.

    • (hearing Kolchak ranting in a bar)
      Vincenzo: Take a look around that corner, and see if there isn't someone that looks like he just came from a road company performance of "The Front Page."

    • Crossbinder: Get this straight, Mr. Kolchak. No carnival or hoopla tactics on this paper. This isn't Fun Town, USA. This is Seattle.

    • Vincenzo: Go to Journalism School, my father said. It's a good, sound, down-to-earth profession.
      Kolchak: Don't you want to hear this?
      Vincenzo: What I want to do is raise tulips for a living but there's not enough demand.

    • Kolchak: I'm just a dumb reporter doing his job.
      Dr. Malcolm: You grovel nicely, Mr. ...er...?
      Kolchak: Kolchak. Kolchak, sir.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Bill Spiedel who makes an uncredited cameo appearance plays himself. He is the founder of Seattle Underground Tours.

    • The quickly made sequel to the original made-for-TV movie that inspired it all - only Darren McGavin and Simon Oakland appear throughout both movies and the series.

    • The originally aired version deleted some footage with Al Lewis and Kolchak's co-worker Janis Watkins. The more recent DVD version restores their scenes. There is also a deleted scene featuring George Tobias as a reporter, Jimmy Stacks, who followed the Malcolm story and who Kolchak consults. Some syndicated versions include this scene as well.