Friday Night at the Drive-In: The Kolchak Night Stalker – Night Strangler Double Feature




The Night Stalker (1972) and The Night Strangler (1973) were excellent made-for-TV movies airing on ABC’s Movie of the Week.  This led to the short-lived but popular Kolchak: The Night Stalker TV series.




Carl Kolchak takes on a modern-day vampire, despite the disbelief and objections of his editor and the Vegas police.






Kolchak moves to the west coast, only to cross paths with another immortal monster living in the Seattle Underground*.  Of course, his editor and the city don’t believe him.


the night strangler old seattle


*I toured the Seattle Underground about 20 years ago.  I didn’t see anything suspicious.  Of course, I didn’t wander too far from the group.


Two paperback novelizations were released of the movies, both adapted by Richard Matheson.  (Matheson also wrote the screenplay for The Night Strangler.  Jeff Rice wrote the original screenplay for The Night Stalker.)








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