Monday, November 13, 2017

Episode 10: The Werewolf (1974)

In the fifth episode of Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Carl squared off with a ragged werewolf (Eric Braeden). Written by Paul Playdon and David Chase, the teleplay was cut down from 70 pages, leaving something that didn't quite hold together, despite Allen Baron's deft direction.

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Music by Bob Cobert and John Walker

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Episode 9: The Vampire (1974)

Chris Stachiw and Mike White discuss the fourth episode of "The Night Stalker" which returns to the show's roots. A victim of Janos Skorzeny has survived and moves from Las Vegas to Los Angeles. It's up to Kolchak to ditch his assignment and put an end to her reign of terror.

This episode of The Kolchak Tapes features an interview with producer Cy Chermak, author of The Show Runner: An Insider's Guide to Successful TV Production.

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Buy The Show Runner: An Insider's Guide to Successful TV Production by Cy Chermak
Buy Kolchak: The Night Stalker series on DVD
Read the It Couldn't Happen Here discussion of "The Zombie"
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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Episode 8: The Five People You Meet in Hell (2005)

Chris Stachiw and Mike White return to the 2005 version of Night Stalker wherein Carl Kolchak (Stuart Townsend) goes toe-to-toe with cult leader Damon Caylor (Tony Curran).

The episode was written by Thomas Schnauz (Better Call Saul) and directed by Rob Bowman (Reign of Fire).

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Buy Night Stalker (2005) series via Amazon Streaming
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Read more about The Five People You Meet in Hell
Read FRIGHT ‘NIGHT’ RIGHT – REMAKE OF ‘70S ‘KOLCHAK’ BETTER THAN ORIGINAL

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Episode 7: They Have Been, They Are, They Will Be... (1974)

Reporter Carl Kolchak's fifth reported encounter with the supernatural, They Have Been, They Are, They Will Be..., was broadcast the night of September 27, 1974.

Chris Stachiw and Mike White discuss the third episode of The Night Stalker (AKA Kolchak: The Night Stalker). Written by and directed by Allen Baron.

Also known as "U.F.O.", this episode find Carl Kolchak (Darren McGavin) attempting to catch the first game of the world series (Chicago Cubs vs. The Boston Red Sox) while an alien causes mischief in the Windy City. Both Ron Updyke (Jack Grinnage) and Monique Marmelstein (Carol Ann Susi) return for this episode.

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Read the It Couldn't Happen Here discussion of "They Have Been, They Are, They Will Be..."
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Music by Bob Cobert and John Walker

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Episode 6: The Zombie

On the second episode of Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Carl Kolchak squared off against the Italian and African-American mob of Chicago as well as the titular zombie.

Written by and , the episode was directed by Alexander Grasshoff (The Jailbreakers).

The episode introduces us to Carol Ann Susi as Monique Marmelstein, the niece of INS's publisher.

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Buy Kolchak: The Night Stalker series on DVD
Read the It Couldn't Happen Here discussion of "The Zombie"
Visit The Kolchak Tapes Facebook page
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Listen to the Projection Booth episode on I'm Gonna Git You Sucka

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Music by Gil Milles & John Walker

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Episode 5: Pilot (Night Stalker 2005)

Chris Stachiw and Mike White jump ahead in the timeline to discuss the pilot episode of Night Stalker which stars Stuart Townsend as Carl Kolchak, a reporter in Los Angeles who lost his wife in an attack by werewolves. He joins Perri Reed (Gabrielle Union) and Jain McManus (Eric Jungmann) on the hunt for creatures of the night who have stolen a little girl.

Chris and Mike talk with series creator and X-Files veteran Frank Spotnitz about the original intentions for the series and how it changed before even going in front of the cameras.

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Buy Night Stalker (2005) series via Amazon Streaming
Buy Everything I Need to Know I Learned in the Twilight Zone: A Fifth-Dimension Guide to Life by Mark Dawidziak
Visit Frank Spotnitz's Big Light Productions
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Episode 4: The Ripper

Reporter Carl Kolchak's third reported encounter with the supernatural, The Ripper, was broadcast the night of September 13, 1974.

Chris Stachiw and Mike White discuss the first episode of The Night Stalker (AKA Kolchak: The Night Stalker). Written by and directed by Allen Baron (Blast of Silence).

The episode pits Carl Kolchak (Darren McGavin) against Jack the Ripper who has come to Chicago to slaughter sex workers (and Carl's fellow reporter Jane Plumm (Beatrice Colen). The episode introduces us to Carl's co-worker Ron Updyke (Jack Grinnage) and the actress Ruth McDevitt who will return in later episodes.

Special Guest: Mark Dawidziak, author of The Night Stalker: A 25th Anniversary Tribute.

Links:
Buy Kolchak: The Night Stalker series on DVD
Buy Everything I Need to Know I Learned in the Twilight Zone: A Fifth-Dimension Guide to Life by Mark Dawidziak
Read the It Couldn't Happen Here discussion of "The Ripper"
Visit The Kolchak Tapes Facebook page
Subscribe to The Kolchak Tapes on iTunes

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Music by Gil Milles

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