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The acknowledged inspiration for The X-Files, and the basis for an updated 2005 network version, Kolchak: The Night Stalker was a short-lived 1974 series spun off from a pair of extremely popular made-for-TV movies about the supernatural adventures of dogged newspaper reporter Carl Kolchak (Darren McGavin). Though plagued by low ratings and critical brickbats, the show has cultivated a huge cult following over the past three decades, which has given rise to this three-disc set, which compiles all 20 episodes of the show. Though none of the episodic stories matches the suspense and writing strength of the Night Stalker or Night Strangler movies, TV horror fans will appreciate the parade of interesting and inventive monsters encountered by Kolchak (including a witches' coven in "The Trevi Collection"; an Aztec cult in "Legacy of Terror"; a Hindu Demon in "Horror in the Heights," which was penned by Hammer Films scribe Jimmy Sangster; and a headless biker in "Chopper," an episode deemed in extreme poor taste by Stephen King and co-written by Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale, and Sopranos creator David Chase). McGavin is of course topnotch as Kolchak, and he's well-matched by Simon Oakland as his hot-tempered boss; guest stars include Scatman Crothers, James Gregory, Phil Silvers, Eric Braeden, Tom Skerritt, and Richard Kiel as the monster in two back-to-back episodes. Sadly, no extras accompany this fun collection of Kolchak's creepiest cases.

The cult television series that inspired The X-Files, Kolchak: The Night Stalker was not nearly as successful as that later show yet still maintains an influence. The show, which ran in 1972, follows the creepy adventures of Carl Kolchak, a scruffy, cynical reporter played by Darren McGavin. When Kolchak finds that the murderer responsible for a series of bloody murders plaguing his home city of Las Vegas is a member of the undead, a vampire out for food, he undertakes a quest to defeat the bloodsucking fiend. Gritty, dark, and dramatic, Kolchak was described by many critics as too scary for television!
Episodes Comprise:
1. The Ripper
2. The Zombie
3. They Have Been, They Are, They Will Be...
4. The Vampire
5. The Werewolf
6. Firefall
7. The Devil's Platform
8. Bad Medicine
9. The Spanish Moss Murders
10. The Energy Eater
11. Horror In The Heights
12. Mr R.I.N.G.
13. Primal Scream
14. The Trevi Collection
15. Chopper
16. Demon In Lace
17. Legacy Of Terror
18. The Knightly Murders
19. The Youth Killer
20. The Sentry

Product details
Actors: Darren McGavin, Stanley Adams, Edward Faulkner, Barry Atwater, Virginia Gregg
Format: Box set, PAL
Language English
Region: Region 2 ( DVD formats.)
Number of discs: 3
Studio: Universal Pictures UK
DVD Release Date: 21 Aug 2006
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looks great; episode one, the ripper, is on youtube so you can see if you like it first

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