Here’s the summary from Basement Rejects: Carl Kolchak is trying to get his life back together and set himself up as a reporter in Seattle. Hooked up with his old editor Tony (Simon Oakland), Kolchak finds himself on hot on the heels of another supernatural story. Killings are occurring in Seattle, and they seem to fit a pattern stretching back for almost a hundred years. Kolchak with the help of a woman named Louise Harper (Jo Ann Pflug) must capture the killer before the cycle ends…and a murderer continues to live forever.
Written by Richard Matheson and directed by Dan Curtis, The Night Strangler was a made-for-TV movie. The film is a follow-up to the 1972 film The Night Stalker (which introduced the Carl Kolchak character) and premiered on ABC on January 16, 1973.
McGavin is back as Carl Kolchak so is Simon Oakland as his editor Tony Vincenzo. Also in the cast is Jo Anne Pflug, John Carradine and Richard Anderson (who would go on to be Oscar Goldman in the Six Million Dollar Man) as the monster with a cameo by Margaret Hamilton.
It’s nowhere near as good as the original and it’s got one too many similarities to the original to be unique but we have to remember that this was back in the day before VHS or DVD when people hadn’t seen Carl and Company for a whole year.
It’s still a very good movie, it goes on a bit too long, but there is enough in it to give it a thumbs up.
HOW’S THE MONSTER: They keep him in the shadows so it’s good. Sort of a Dorian Gray.
HOW’S THE SEASONED COP WHO HATES KOLCHAK: John Carradine is his new publisher and he doesn’t love Carl.
WHO ARE THE ODDBALL GUEST STARS: Margaret Hamilton is in nice form.
They announce Kolchak as a series on ABC.