Based on the Kolchak Papers, this is the made for TV movie that was an instant hit. The narrative opens with Kolchak in sleazy hotel room, dictating a book into his trademark portable tape recorder, regurgitating the very strange events relating a case he just finished investigation on Las Vegas strip of a number of gruesome murders perpetrated by a vampire.
The success of the production led to a short run series as he is portrayed as a gifted investigative reporter with an attraction for unusual and paranormal occurrences, the viewer see him procuring evidence driving around Chicago in his yellow Ford Mustang convertible. Kolchak has persistently cracked several cases relying on gut instinct and often through sheer dumb luck. But more often than not, Kolchak's prospects are hindered by the complete obliteration of any or all proof to verify his claims. On other occasions his investigations have led to demotion or transfer of variable authority figures, the reasons for which are never truthfully disclosed, and hence the feeding the viewer's believe of a cover up.
As a youth I caught this film late night on the TV and found the whole movie rather spooky and scary at times. Kolchak was played by Darren McGavin, and he really brought a unique feel to the film - although I might add the Vampire was pretty spooky. The film may seem dated by today's standards but for me this was and is a cult classic.