It’s time for a new episode of the Revisited video series, and with this one we’re looking back at a TV movie that started a franchise, 1972’s The Night Stalker ((pick up a copy HERE)! The Night Stalker was followed by a sequel called The Night Strangler, and then a twenty episode season of a TV series called Kolchak: The Night Stalker. A show that served as inspiration for The X-Files and received a short-lived remake series called Night Stalker in the early 2000s. To find out all about The Night Stalker, check out the video embedded above!

Directed by John Llewellyn Moxey from a teleplay by Richard Matheson, which was based on a novel by Jeff Rice, The Night Stalker has the following synopsis:

After several high-profile newspapers fire him for his difficult attitude, investigative journalist Carl Kolchak finds a job following the police beat for a small Las Vegas publication. When Carl discovers a series of dead showgirls drained of blood with bite marks on their necks, the police hesitate to take the case any further, and his boss wants nothing to do with the story, leading Carl to believe there may be a real vampire prowling the city streets.

Darren McGavin plays Carl Kolchak and is joined in the cast by Carol Lynley, Simon Oakland, Ralph Meeker, Claude Akins, Charles McGraw, Kent Smith, Elisha Cook Jr., Stanley Adams, Larry Linville, Jordan Rhodes, and Barry Atwater.

The Kolchak: The Night Stalker episode of Revisited was Written and Narrated by Jessica Dwyer, Edited by Victoria Verduzco, Produced by Tyler Nichols and John Fallon, and Executive Produced by Berge Garabedian.

Several series on the JoBlo Horror Originals YouTube channel have been released under the Revisited banner in the past. (Episodes of Best Horror Movie You Never Saw, The Black Sheep, Deconstructing, Horror Party Movies, Best Foreign Horror Movies, Playing with Fear, and Real Slashers have all been labeled Revisited on YouTube.) We recently got a new series simply titled Revisited started with an episode dedicated to Chopping Mall. Since then, the series has covered Tales from the Darkside: The Movie, VideodromeJacob’s Ladder, Re-Animator, House II: The Second Story, Tales from the Crypt: Demon KnightPoltergeist, Killer Klowns from Outer SpaceFright Night, The Fog, The Craft, Elvira: Mistress of the Dark, Pet Sematary, Prom Night, and Storm of the Century.

Two previous episodes of Revisited can be seen below. To see more of our shows, head over to the JoBlo Horror Originals channel – and subscribe while you’re at it!

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