September 29, 2005


New 'Night Stalker' looks to follow in past's creepy footsteps (Suzanne C. Ryan, September 29, 2005, Boston Globe)

Frank Spotnitz will never forget Jan. 11, 1972.

That was the day ABC broadcast ''The Night Stalker," a thriller about a headstrong newspaper reporter, Carl Kolchak, who is convinced a vampire is on the loose in Las Vegas. The film, which starred Darren McGavin, quickly became a cult classic and spawned a short-lived TV series that later inspired ''The X-Files."

''It scared the pants off of me," recalls Spotnitz, a television producer who was 11 years old at the time. ''It seemed so real."

Tonight at 9, Spotnitz, who worked for eight years as a producer and writer on ''The X-Files," is hoping to spook a new generation with the premiere of his ''Night Stalker" remake series on ABC. [...]

''The mythology of the show is good versus evil," Spotnitz says. ''I believe there is evil in the world . . . and evil seems more powerful than good because evil is not handicapped by a conscience or morality or mercy. So how do you win?"

If he has sense enough to answer that question as most Americans would, he could have a hit.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 29, 2005 8:29 AM

Um, let me guess. Kill them, right?

Posted by: fred at September 29, 2005 11:48 AM

My guess would be "in any way necessary".

Posted by: Brandon at September 29, 2005 11:55 AM

I assume OJ's answer is, "Jesus."

Posted by: David Cohen at September 29, 2005 12:37 PM

Well, Mr. Spotnitz answers his own question: "...evil SEEMS more powerful than good..."

Posted by: b at September 29, 2005 12:41 PM

History almost always teaches that evil is hampered by its own contradictions. Our present sdversaries, the Nazis, the Communists, the Japanese, the pre-Columbians and all the rest have turned out to to be bungling fools. Ever their irrational hatred, their ideologies of envy and and death, have been their downfall.

J.R.R. Tolkien said it Lord of the Rings, "Oft evil will doth evil mar."

Posted by: Lou Gots at September 29, 2005 1:12 PM


God more broadly, though it's the same difference.

Posted by: oj at September 29, 2005 1:45 PM

There was a rerun of Nightstalker on Scifi this morning that I attempted to watch, but it was kind of boring.

Incidentally, there's a show on the WB called Supernatural where two brothers pretty much state their mission as finding evil and killing it wherever they find it.

Posted by: RC at September 29, 2005 2:51 PM

Rememeber that episode where Kolchak could have proven his fantastic story except the film in his camera got ruined? Oh yeah, that was every episode. I still thought the show was great.

Posted by: carter at September 29, 2005 6:51 PM

I did too. The second episode (the one with the girl vampire in Vegas) was scarier than Hillary Clinton in her underwear.

Posted by: joe shropshire at September 29, 2005 7:16 PM