For many horror fans who grew up in the 1970’s, Kolchak: the Night Stalker holds a special place in their hearts. In fact, it was one of my first introductions to the genre at seven years of age. I can vividly remember my father watching an episode on the tri-state area’s very own WWOR Channel 9 in our living room. I walked by the television holding onto my plastic Frankenstein figure and saw what I guessed was a dinosaur attacking someone in a sewer. When I asked my father what he was watching, he replied “The Night Stalker”. Intrigued, I said “What is this show about?” My father summarized the program for my seven-year old sensibilities and told me that it was “a show about a guy who hunts monsters”. Naturally, I was hooked.
Variety just announced that NBC-Universal’s television company Universal Television Productions is in development on a new anthology series entitled Welcome to Hitchcock that will be based on Alfred Hitchcock’s vast body of work.
The series will focus on a single season story line (ala American Horror Story) and will capture the suspense and crime thrillers that Hitchcock is known for according to Dawn Olmstead, the executive vice president of development at Universal Cable Productions. ““Long after his death, Alfred Hitchcock continues to be one of the most celebrated directors and visionaries in the world, a master manipulator of the macabre.” Olmstead went on to say that “We’re honored that the Hitchcock Estate has put its trust in our studio to pay homage to his work.” read more
The Hollywood Reporter just confirmed that Joe Hill’s horror novela “Snapshot 1988” has been acquired by Universal Pictures. If the story doesn’t sound familiar to Joe Hill fans, it is because the story has not been released yet. “Snapshot 1988” is one of four stories that will be published as a collection in the Spring of 2018.
Why did this story generate so much buzz in Hollywood? The Hollywood Reporter speculates that it is based on “the Stranger Things ripple effect”. It is certainly unusual for an unpublished property to be fast-tracked in this way, and it may have to do with the subject matter. The story focuses on ” … a 13-year old boy who ends up taking care of his elderly former housekeeper whom he thinks is succumbing to dementia. What he doesn’t know is that her memories are not being lost but stolen by an evil man named The Phoenician who uses a camera that steals memories.” read more
Seminal horror television series Kolchak: The Night Stalker recently debuted on digital streaming service Netflix and will return to dvd this October. Kolchak, starring Darren McGavin as the intrepid investigator of all things that go bump in the night, will be released by Universal on October 11, 2016 and will feature all 20 original one-hour episodes of the 1974-1975 series.
Kolchak: The Night Stalker was the first “monster of the week” style program and was known for McGavin’s signature bumbling enthusiasm (and straw porkpie hat) and a host of guest stars such as Scatman Crothers, Antonio Fargas, Sharon Farrell, Dick Van Patten, Jamie Farr, Larry Linville, Jim Backus and others. X-Files creator Chris Carter often cites Kolchak: The Night Stalker as the inspiration for his series and recently paid homage to the horror favorite of the 70’s in last season’s “Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster” as part of the relaunched event series. read more
The Skull Island: Reign of Kong ride officially opened today at the Universal Orlando theme park. The ride, which is based on the Peter Jackson’s remake from 2005, consists of both 3D effects and animatronic action in an immersive, highly detailed environment. Plenty of dinosaurs, over-sized insects, and the big ape himself are featured in this attraction that carriers riders through the scenes in an enormous vehicle that can accommodate up to 72 people.
The ride capitalizes on the enduring fame of King Kong and the upcoming story continuation entitled Kong: Skull Island which will be released on March 10th, 2017. The film stars Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel Jackson and is directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts. read more