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5.0 out of 5 stars A Tale of Another City, 5 Oct 2007
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M. A. Ramos (Florida USA) - See all my reviews
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The Voice is familiar: It belongs to reporter 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."

The Night Strangler is a made for TV movie sequel to the Night Stalker. It takes place in Seattle, Washington. Here Carl Kolchak is reunited with his old editor, the vocal Tony Vincenzo. In this case, Kolchak is investigating a series of murders of young women. With the help of a research clerk they uncover a series of serial murders going back nearly a century and repeating every 21 years, tracking down the perpetrator.

This sequel is excellent and one of the few good Jack the Ripper movies, with a unique twist. The film shows an extensive underground city. I took a trip to Seattle to see this, and it is not as extensive as the film.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kolchak Vampire & Weirdo Hunter, 14 Feb 2007
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C. Hill "C.Hill" (St.Helens, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Night Stalker & Night Strangler [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
I first saw this in about 1975 on normal TV, I was about 7yrs old and a Hammer film fanatic, still am. I managed to get it from the USA about 2 years ago and 'The Night Stalker' still stands up well. A powerful guy snatching girls at nightfall with eyes of the devil and the power of 20 men, only Kolchak (Darren McGavin) has the nerve or general nosiness of a reporter to check it out. When he finally tracks the vampire down he wishes he hadn't because he is genuinely frightened and no one believes there is a vampire loose anyway. Supported by his gorgeous accomplice (Carol Lynley) Kolchak gets his man/thing in the end.

The Night Strangler story is a little weaker about a 120yr man living in a city below the streets who again is snatching girls. The similarity with this and the X-files is the episode of 'Toombs' in the modern series. The Night Strangler & Toombs or even 'IT' from Stephen King, appear every 20-30yrs to regenerate themselves to look young again by killing or feeding off humans to survive. The Night Strangler is played by 'Richard Anderson (Oscar Goldman from Six Million Dollar Man)' there is also a rare appearance from a now old lady who played the 'wicked witch in the Wizard Of Oz' she plays an expert in the library who traces all the old records of previous similar crimes. All in all these are well worth a watch all over again !!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Try to tell yourself, wherever you may be, it couldn't happen here.", 15 Oct 2009
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Night Stalker & Night Strangler [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
"This is the story behind one of the greatest manhunts in history. Maybe you read about it - or rather what they let you read about it probably in some minor item buried somewhere on the back page. However, what happened in Las Vegas between May 16 and May 28 of this year was so incredible that, to this day, the facts have been suppressed in a massive effort to save certain political careers from disaster and law enforcement officials from embarrassment. This will be the last time I will ever discuss these events with anyone. So, when you have finished this bizarre account, judge for yourself its believability. And then try to tell yourself, wherever you may be, it couldn't happen here."

Carl Kolchak is an old-school reporter - he wears a $2 straw hat, rubs city hall, the cops and his editor up the wrong way and will do anything to get a story. And boy, has he got a story - if only someone will believe him. Las Vegas doesn't just have an ordinary serial killer murdering women and robbing blood banks by night on its hands - this one is a genuine vampire...

One of the highest rated TV movies of its day and spawning a sequel and two TV series - one with star Darren McGavin and a short-lived 2006 revival with Stuart Townsend - The Night Stalker is a great mix of wisecracking newspaper story and supernatural thriller updated to the 70s with a cast peppered with veterans like Simon Oakland, Ralph Meeker, Claude Akins, Narrow Margin's Charles McGraw, The Maltese Falcon's Elisha Cook Jr and Cat People's Kent Smith, and it still works a treat. Coming in at a tight 74 minutes, the pace never slackens, Richard Matheson's script reeks of hardboiled wit and there are some excellently staged action scenes - director John Llewellyn Moxey's handling of the getaway outside the hospital as motorbikes go skidding at the camera and cops shoot wildly as cars swerve to avoid them and the vampire running over their roftops is absolutely incredible, with a real sense of chaos, urgency and panic - as well as a very 70s epilogue that taps into the increasing cynicism of the day. Even some 37 years on, it's lost none of its power.

The sequel, The Night Strangler, isn't quite as successful, but it still works surprisingly well, with Kolchak still looking like "a character from a road production of The Front Page" and exiled to Seattle for his troubles in Las Vegas and finding himself on the trail of a possibly immortal serial killer living in a forgotten underground city and emerging every 21 years to find new victims. Once again there a few veterans sprinkled in the supporting cast - John Carradine, Richard Anderson, The Munster's Al Lewis and the Wicked Witch of the West herself, Margaret Hamilton among them - and it's no surprise that it led to a regular series, but the pacing is a bit slacker, the action not nearly as well staged and it feels a little stretched at 90 minutes (with Dan Curtis taking over the directorial reins you really feel the difference from the first film: he just doesn't have Moxey's moxie).

MGM's double-sided double-bill NTSC DVD offers both features in excellent fullframe transfers with accompanying featurettes with interviews with producer Dan Curtis. Good value and great fun.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't look behind you!!!, 27 Feb 2008
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John Lightfoot "diamond geezer" (Cumbria, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Night Stalker & Night Strangler [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
I watched a run of the 20 part series around 29 years ago age 10 or 11 on bbc2, today was the first time I'd seen the films and they built a good foundation to follow them up with another viewing of the series.
As well as the scary and the tense moments there's a lot of comedy, the banter bewteen kolchak and the rest of the office staff is great to watch especially vincenzo and the characters really grow on you. If your into hammer or any monster/ghost type films you'll enjoy these and the series.
It was great to be taken back 29 years to the good old days, and have the pleasure of watching them with my own 11 year old son who thought they were brilliant. Darren McGavin's acting is first rate and if you don't mind real acting and the odd bit of dodgy make up instead of cgi you'll believe that things really do go bump in the night.
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5.0 out of 5 stars not a vailable in the uk, it is in ..., 5 July 2014
not a vailable in the uk,
it is in english language you need to negotiate on the menu screen
before chri carter developed the x files , chris admitted the the kolchak films
and tv series influenced him heavily to say this some of the kolchak plots made into the
x file stories although there were minor changes this is one of those
if you are an x file fan watch the episode "squeeze" and you will see what i mean
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5.0 out of 5 stars I got this dvd that plays the english version, 14 Jan 2014
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Get this dvd as it also plays the original English version that saves you a lot of money , get this version as the sound is like you got from the tv series that has all 20 show . Get this dvd as you have the film as tv ads if it is shown again on tv , GET IT NOW .
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4.0 out of 5 stars night staker trial, 9 Nov 2009
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I only purchased this dvd set to test my new multi region dvd player I had just bought to see if it worked O/k on region one this it did perfectly. I have never seen a Night stalker film before and after watching both disks Im hooked ill be getting more of night stalker in the future.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars reasonable T.V yarn., 20 Jun 2006
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Mr. A. E. Ward Davies (Canterbury , England) - See all my reviews
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a good t.v feature-length episode that led to a brief series.

darren mcgavin is good as a modern-day van helsing, investigating a spate of bizarre deaths at the hands of a vampire who stalks los angeles.

haven't yet seen the other long episode on this dvd.
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