April 23rd, 2015

Night Stalker

Movie Reviewed: The Night Strangler

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The Night Strangler
(1973)

Starring: Darren McGavin, Wally Cox, Jo Ann Pflug, Simon Oakland
DIR: Dan Curtis

Blurb: (blah-blah) … Surfacing in Seattle, Kolchak uncovers another maddening mystery [after the disaster in Las Vegas]: Every 21 years - for the past century - a serial killer commits a spree of  murders, drains his victims’ blood and then quietly disappears. But Kolchak is on to this monster and is about to discover a shocking underground lair… an army of rotting corpses… and the ageless madman behind it all!


Scene 01: We get a pan around the city and bay near Seattle, WA. In voiceover, Kolchak tells us that what we are about to witness is the incredible tale of a series of the murders that no one has ever heard about in the news. This is because the facts of the case were falsified for public consumption, hiding the truth.
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TBC.
Night Stalker

Movie Reviewed: The Night Strangler (second)

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Scene 47: Later, Carl barges in on Captain Schubert in his office and won’t allow the officer at the desk to keep him out. Carl is there to complain about police women not being placed as decoys on the waterfront streets to trap their murderer in the act.

He further tells the Scott that he only has five days left to catch the killer before he pulls a vanishing act. The Captain treats this news with sarcasm before pointing out to Kolchak that they have, in fact, checked out the same sources as he did when they first heard about this theory of a 21 year killing cycle. He begins to separate the facts reported in the prior cases from the speculation that Carl placed on those actual stark facts, which don’t nearly neatly line up the way that Kolchak insisted they do.
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Next Up: BTVS, Season 3, "The Wish"

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