31 Days of Halloween – 020: The Night Stalker (1972)

October marches on, and so does our countdown to All Hallows Eve. This year, rather than trying to do a full 31 film reviews or something truly time-consuming like that, most of what I’m going to be posting are favorite trailers, short films, some full-length movies, and other items just to kind of help get everyone in the spirit of what really is one of my favorite holidays.

kolchak-night-stalker-adToday we go with a classic. Yeah, I know, 1972 may seem like not that long ago for a movie to be called a “classic”, but really it was over forty years ago, and I find that for many of the people that I work with and encounter, 1972 might as well be 1932 as far as their TV and movie viewing experience goes. Anyway, whatever the year, The Night Stalker has to rank up there as a classic. We’re talking about a Dan Curtis TV Movie of the Week that not only spawned a sequel, but an unfortunately short-lived TV series. Plus it stars Darren McGavin, who many will probably remember as the father from the holiday classic (there’s that word again) A Christmas Story as Carl Kolchack, a reporter investigating a string of murders in Las Vegas, who runs up against a serial killer who turns out to be more than he, or the police, are truly prepared to face.

So anyone else out there have fond memories of The Night Stalker? Or other favorite TV movies? Let me know either in the comments below, or over on the Durnmoose Movies Facebook page which can be found here.


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