Monday, December 7, 2009

Night Strangler (1973)

4.5 / 5 Dec '09
Tagline: N/A
Directed by: Dan Curtis
Written by: Richard Matheson, Jeffrey Grant Rice
Actors include: Darren McGavin, Simon Oakland, Jo Ann Pflug
Genre: Horror
Length: 90 minutes
Banned: Nope

Y'Know, for tv movies the Kolchak are some of the most fun, and although I'm in the minority with my opinion, I preferred this one to The Night Stalker by a small sliver. This one is about a rash of killings that happen every twenty-one years that leaves the victim's bloodless. It also shows traces of dead flesh on the victims and the killer has been described as both handsome and hideous! Kolchak of course is trying to figure out what's going on and when he gets his finger on the pulse of the mystery, nobody wants to believe him! Just like in the other tv-movie he comes within a smidgen of losing his job of course but that's just Kolchak's wacky ways. It's very well paced, interesting and it keeps you guessing up until the time is just so. I know after watching the two movies that I'm going to love the tv series. Definitely recommended especially if you enjoyed the other film!

Availability:  On DVD as part of a 2fer with "The Night Stalker"

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