I’m joined by Mark Dawidziak, author of The Night Stalker Companion to discuss Kolchak The Night Stalker. Mark has a new book about Edgar Allen Poe as well as The Shawshank Redemption. We discuss these as prelude to our main topic: Kolchak. Mark is the world’s leading authority on the subject and it’s our privilege to have him with us for today’s episode.
Peter Graves (Mission Impossible, Scream of the Wolf) and a young Kathleen Quinlan (Event Horizon) co-star in WHERE HAVE ALL THE PEOPLE GONE? (1974), about a father, son, and daughter who find themselves coping in a post-apocalyptic world. This time, the world-wrecker is a sudden, massive solar flare, poisoning exposed human beings with radiation and reducing them to piles of dust.
One of film’s great franchises crash-landed on the small screen in 1974, giving us THE PLANET of the APES, The Television Series. Roddy McDowall, Ron Harper, and James Naughton are our trio of heroes, fugitives in a future world where apes rule men. We explore the Pilot as well as episode #12, The Cure, a story about contagion. At this time of worldwide concern over the virus COVID-19, this episode goes out with warm wishes for your health and safety.
We visit the classic British terror show by Brian Clemens (The Avengers, And Soon The Darkness). Murder, the macabre, and malevolent entities all found their home in THRILLER, the brainchild of one of the UK’s foremost writer/producers.
When an awkward teen kills a young girl, his mother evades the authorities by hiding him in a secret room in the house. Now, Mom is dead, but Ronald remains, watching, watching from behind the walls as a new family moves into the home. This ABC Movie of the Week has achieved cult status for its creepy premise, becoming one of the most famous made-for-television films of its era.
Stacy Keach finds himself a prisoner on an isolated country farm at the hands of a clan of orphans. All The Kind Strangers (1974) is a down-home thriller produced for ABC Movie of the Week. The film co-stars John Savage, Robby Benson, and Samantha Eggar.
It’s the TV TERROR Season One grand finale… Episode 24: Dan Curtis’ DRACULA (1973)! Jack Palance wears the cape and Dan Curtis directs from a script by Richard Matheson. Visiting with me in the great green living room are special guests, Anthony D. P. Mann and Barry Yuen, both highly qualified to plumb the depths of one of the finest productions of its kind. Grab a wooden stake and join us, why don’t you….