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  1. Matt Hough

    Item: KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER (ABC/1974-1975)

    Merry Christmas indeed! I'm up to episode 10 in my Blu-ray set, and boy do all the episodes (even the ones I'm not partial to) look wonderful. It was a GREAT Christmas present to myself!
  2. Matt Hough

    Item: KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER (ABC/1974-1975)

    Great list! I am currently watching the Blu-ray episodes, and when I finally finish them (and their commentaries), I will compile my top ten list in order. I've been away from Kolchak for the last three days concentrating on Abbott and Costello.
  3. Matt Hough

    Item: KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER (ABC/1974-1975)

    While there are recompenses (McGavin appearing with his real-life wife who is as tough or tougher with him than any of the male cops he's faced off against, good guest cast in other roles), this is the nadir of the series for me. It's clear by the halfway point that the monster wants its eggs...
  4. Matt Hough

    Item: KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER (ABC/1974-1975)

    The episode has a lot going for it even if I don't quite understand how Helen's ritual wears off so fast early on and then seems to take hold longer near the end of the episode. Does she need a certain number of victims for the youthfulness to last? I haven't seen the episode in a few months, so...
  5. Matt Hough

    Item: KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER (ABC/1974-1975)

    You like it more than I do. The clanging suit of enchanted armor is so noisy that I'd think anyone could hear it a mile away and take appropriate action to flee. But the episode is blessed by stupendous character actors that make it a joy to watch. Hans Conreid is one of those fabulous character...
  6. Matt Hough

    Item: KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER (ABC/1974-1975)

    A mid-tier level entry for me, but Tony trying to get Carl under control is such a fool's errand.
  7. Matt Hough

    Item: KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER (ABC/1974-1975)

    By the way, I received the Blu-ray set of Kolchak yesterday which I bought on the currently running sale from Kino. I watched "The Ripper" last night, and while I will only watch one per day (and then rewatch with the commentary), it's already clear that the HD masters are huge leaps in quality...
  8. Matt Hough

    Item: KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER (ABC/1974-1975)

    I like this episode a lot, and Keenan Wynn, one of the truly great character actors, is a superb foil for Carl. Bravo!
  9. Matt Hough

    Item: KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER (ABC/1974-1975)

    This is an episode which would greatly improve with modern CGI techniques for the special effects. The biker is so hokey (obviously a huge upper torso shell balancing on a real man's shoulders) and so slow that suspense and horror are minimized to the point of absurdity. I like the premise, but...
  10. Matt Hough

    Item: KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER (ABC/1974-1975)

    I like The Trevi Collection, but I think it's slightly weakened by Lara Parker's overacting in the second half. The first half is fabulous in its misdirection; I remember being completely fooled when I first saw this back in the 1970s (Nina Foch was more famous to me than Lara Parker, so it...
  11. Matt Hough

    Item: KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER (ABC/1974-1975)

    Yep, one of the good ones. The Jamie Farr sequence is priceless.
  12. Matt Hough

    Item: KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER (ABC/1974-1975)

    Several of the episodes in the latter half of the run could have benefited from better special effects that modern CGI could have offered them. The monsters are just so cheesy looking that there's no fright to be found.
  13. Matt Hough

    Item: KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER (ABC/1974-1975)

    To my mind, "Horror in the Heights" is the zenith of the series. Filled with humor and horror, it's aces in my book. That hesitation at the thought of actually killing Miss Emily is a brilliant way to ratchet up tension. And the great Phil Silvers is also part of the cast.
  14. Matt Hough

    Item: KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER (ABC/1974-1975)

    Yep, not one of the better ones but with an invisible enemy, at least the monster doesn't end up being a hyper-disappointing visual ("The Sentry").
  15. Matt Hough

    Item: KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER (ABC/1974-1975)

    Yes, the sewer climax is nicely and evocatively handled, and Keenan Wynn's police captain is a favorite (in both his episode appearances). Two consecutive appearances for RIchard Kiel though we don't really see him clearly here with the heavy make-up.
  16. Matt Hough

    Item: KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER (ABC/1974-1975)

    "Bad Medicine" is one of my favorites. Thanks for doing it justice.
  17. Matt Hough

    Item: KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER (ABC/1974-1975)

    I always savor the moment when Palmer in the wine cellar where Carl is hiding says, "You can come out now, Mr. Kolchick." It's not the first time a character pronounces his name without equal emphasis on both syllables with the last half coming out "Chick," but it always makes me laugh. An...
  18. Matt Hough

    Item: KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER (ABC/1974-1975)

    I'm really enjoying these deep dives into the episodes, John. I do appreciate all the effort it takes to put them out for our entertainment. Thanks!
  19. Matt Hough

    Item: KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER (ABC/1974-1975)

    I like this one, but I wouldn't rank it among the top five episodes. With some of his darting pop-ups, the doppelgänger is kind of creepy.
  20. Matt Hough

    Item: KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER (ABC/1974-1975)

    The werewolf make-up is subpar, but the budget for the show likely didn't allow for anything better. The monster is kept out of the spotlight as much as possible anyway, a wise move. Ruth plays Edith Cowles for an episode (and in the credits for a couple), but of course it's really the one and...
  21. Matt Hough

    Item: KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER (ABC/1974-1975)

    Thanks for the link. I enjoyed the new review.
  22. Matt Hough

    Item: KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER (ABC/1974-1975)

    If you’ve ever been to Universal, you know they have one of the old-time extensive Hollywood backlots. That and creative production designers can achieve miracles.
  23. Matt Hough

    Item: KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER (ABC/1974-1975)

    I like that in doing another vampire story, they switched sexes. Watching it for the first time way back then, I was caught off guard by the switch. The show did well to set the story in another venue, and the series might not have been quite as formulaic if they had taken Carl out of Chicago...
  24. Matt Hough

    Item: KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER (ABC/1974-1975)

    "The Zombie" is one of the half dozen best episodes of the series. If the primary intention of the series is goosebumps, this one delivers. Also, I love any episode with Gordy the Ghoul.
  25. Matt Hough

    Item: KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER (ABC/1974-1975)

    A better plan might have been two or three episode arcs thus not blowing through their entire catalog of ghouls in a single season. But at the time, that kind of serialized storytelling was not the norm. It was case-of-the-week whether it be a doctor, lawyer, police, education, or journalism show.
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