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G.O.R.E. Score: Kolchak The Night Stalker: The Zombie

Kolchak The Night Stalker (1974)

Kolchak The Night Stalker (1974)

Original Air Date: September 20, 1974
Run Time: 50 minutes

Have you ever stumbled across, as an adult, a TV series or movie you used to watch as a kid? Sometimes it fills you with a sense of nostalgia to re-connect with the scenes you remember seeing while you were growing up, but sometimes the experience can also be a rude awakening: can you believe that this sort of thing actually used to entertain you? What were you thinking? There’s always a chance your experience will end negatively instead of positively when re-discovering something from your past that you used to know and love.

Recently, I was able to catch up, via the magic of DVD collections, with a TV show I watched on the SciFi (now SyFy) Channel during my impressionable years as a young teenager, “Kolchak: The Night Stalker.” To be clear: when I watched the show in my youth, I was watching it in syndication; the show enjoyed its original short-lived run from 1974-1975, building of the success of two made-for-TV movies about the titular character, Carl Kolchak, a reporter with a penchant for investigating stories of the strange and paranormal. Fortunately for me, my current experience “catching up” with the show was every bit as rewarding as I remember my original viewing experience was.

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2 comments on “G.O.R.E. Score: Kolchak The Night Stalker: The Zombie

  1. I have seen the movies, but not the TV show. I think I saw the movies in reruns, since I was probably six or seven when this came out, but I remember seeing the movies several times. I LOVED them. Never got the chance to watch the recent TV show remake that bombed pretty quickly.

    This brings back memories. I would love to check out the Zombie episode!

  2. I loved the Kolchak series. I even bought the CD. When are you going to review “the ripper”. One of my favorite episodes!

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