Kolchak!December 9, 2012
Well, as I wrote some time ago, I initially intended to name The Norliss Tapes either Kolchak, or Kolchak: The Night Stalker after the cult classic 70s tv-series with the same name. This was changed early on as I realized it sounded like a super-corny black metal or death metal name, and bands and musicians got enough struggling to do these days without adding the extra burden of having a name that’ll confuse music fans as exactly what sort of genre they can expect.
Anyway, a predecessor to Chris Carter‘s The X-Files if there ever was one, the debut made-for-tv horror movie Kolchak: The Night Stalker starred Darren McGavin as the tenacious reporter Carl Kolchak who’s convinced that a series of connected murders in Las Vegas are not the work of a serial killer but a modern-day vampire. Originally aired in 1972 the movie was a major hit (it aired in 1 out of 3 American homes) and spawned not only the follow-up movie Kolchak: The Night Strangler but also the ABC tv series that ran one season before folding. Producer Dan Curtis went on to The Norliss Tapes that oddly enough bombed and wasn’t picked up for a series – roughly 20 years later that same concept made Carter a rich man. Read more about that here.
Now, browsing on eBay during a short coffee break earlier today I decided to see whatever memorabilia was available and just lucked out with this 8″x10″ color “lobby card” for the pilot. Pure awesomeness! It’s gonna look great on my living room wall next to The Incredible Melting Man and The Exterminator. And while on the subject: If you don’t wanna buy the two DVD boxes that collects both the tv movies as well as the series separately (available on Amazon.com), how ’bout checking it out on YouTube: