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Published at: July 18, 2005, 9:55 p.m. CST by staff

I am – Hercules!!

Carl Kolchak is a bit of a god to me, and has been since I met him in the early 1970s. ABC is making a new version of “Kolchak: The Night Stalker,” and I am very keen to see it, but the girl at ABC says the ABC pilots (unlike the CBS, NBC, Fox, UPN and WB pilots) have not quite yet gone out to radio and online press (that’s putting us in our place, by grouping Ain’t It Cool with radio!), even though “Stalker” is all over the Bittorrents and has been for weeks.

Young Warren Ellis, who created “The Authority” and “Global Frequency” (among many other fine things), is a bit of a god to me. My favorite comic-book author not named Alan Moore. He’s more than a bit of a god to “Buffy” creator Joss Whedon, and you’ll learn more of this in about two weeks, O my brothers.

Would it not be cool, then, if Warren Ellis were to somehow review the pilot of ABC’s new “Night Stalker”?

Oh! Hey! What’s this?

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WARREN ELLIS

Meant to mention that I saw the pilot of the NIGHT STALKER remake over the weekend.

THE NIGHT STALKER was originally a TV movie written by Richard Matheson, based upon the novel THE KOLCHAK PAPERS by Jeff Rice, and starring Darren McGavin. It was the most-watched TV movie ever, of its time.

(And they still say genre stuff doesn't work on American TV.)

There was a sequel, also written by Matheson, THE NIGHT STRANGLER. They were terrific pieces of television. Matheson was a fine writer, and McGavin, then some fifty years old and mostly doing bitparts and failed shows echoing his previous status as a TV star (70-some episodes of MIKE HAMMER and the like), caught a new lease of life as the rumpled, funny, stubborn and slighty sleazy Carl Kolchak. (Pronounced Coal-Shack, kinda).

It turned into a TV show that only ran one season, featuring McGavin but without Matheson. It was broadly dissed as a "monster of the week" show, and the contortions the show took to get Kolchak into different locales to offset this got faintly ridiculous -- I remember one set on a cruise ship. But McGavin was always a watchable actor, and the show is remembered fondly by some.

Darren McGavin appears in the pilot: the McGavin of THE NIGHT STALKER is CGI'd into the newsroom of the paper the 2005 version is working for. Three seconds. McGavin unfolds his arms, gives that easy, knowing grin. In those three seconds, sadly, he's a more interesting presence than Stuart Townsend as Carl Kolchak.

Townsend isn't a bad actor. He's playing it flat because the new version of Kolchak isn't an unlucky journalist falling foul of the fantastic. The new version is a man on a mission. His wife -- and we're treated to a flashback of them as the most charmless married couple ever -- was eaten by The Supernatural, and the FBI (?) fingered him for the crime. They couldn't prove it, but they still like him for it, and his mission is to find the Spooky Toothy Stuff that really did eat his wife and unborn child. He uses his role as a journalist to investigate the fantastic, which, it seems, the FBI Man In Black covers up just as soon as Kolchak puts a light on it. So he's pursuing Kolchak for the crime he thinks Kolchak committed, except that he's in charge of covering up the things that might prove Kolchak didn't commit the crime. With me so far? Gooood.

THE NIGHT STALKER was one of Chris Carter's inspirations for THE X-FILES. As you can see, Frank Spotnitz, one of Carter's longterm partners on THE X-FILES, is the showrunner of THE NIGHT STALKER.

Spotnitz clearly sees the "monster of the week" trap, and is building in an overarching storyarc for the series, the suggestion of what Joss Whedon fans would call "the Big Bad" and what videogamers would call "the level boss". The foundations are laid down pretty sloppily, without any focus, but that might work to Spotnitz' advantage later on. On the other hand, "all these people were killed by the same thing and have the same mark. Except they probably weren't, and some of them don't" is really just asking for a slapping. We come away thinking that either Kolchak is a whackjob or that the writer is.

My copy's very dark -- I don't know if it was shot that dark, but it seems to be several degrees over the line from "using the dark to make things scary" and well into "I can't see a fucking thing" territory. When the light's let in, the attack sequences are actually pretty sharply done, if overlong and given to a couple of clanging fucking cliches that five minutes' extra thought would have gotten rid of -- if as many people died in showers as they do on TV, they'd be fucking banned by now.

But, Christ, the thing's flat. Emotionally dead Carl Kolchak, lumbered with a backstory that the original TV movies never needed to make them magnetic pieces of television, is just not a watchable character to me. Given the backstory, the portrayal makes sense -- and, you know, this is all just my opinion, you may well disagree and be perfectly right to do so. Maybe TV really is ready for a character whose most dramatic expression is a wan half-smile.

(No, I tell a lie. He gives a sardonic laugh when he learns the young black woman he tricked out of a story is the senior crime reporter on the paper he's just joined. Yeah. Nice touch, guys.)

But even when they give Townsend (two) cocky lines, he dials down the delivery. He slides much more easily into occasional moments of quiet malice, which makes me wonder if Townsend isn't just seriously miscast. There's no reason why they should have gone for a McGavin Mk 2, but he's just not funny when the dialogue says he is.

A friend of mine in the TV business said that Michael Madsen should have been Kolchak. Wouldn't that have been brilliant?

There's no life to him. Pick your reasons as to why, but it was really kind of tough to sit through 44 minutes of of this blank, characterless, mumbling lead. The dialogue was perfectly serviceable without ever once lifting up off the ground. With people like Aaron Sorkin, David Milch and David Chase (one of whose first jobs was as a staff writer on, yes, THE NIGHT STALKER) working in TV, you'd think the bar had been clearly raised just a little higher -- that it was okay now to have people speak well, with rhythms and sparks. Especially newspaper people.

I really wanted to like this. I was really up for seeing Jeff Rice's shit-out-of-luck reporter reimagined for 2005 television, with all the sophistication and accumulated skills and freedoms that connotes. But this is just dead. It's a damned shame. Being a pilot, the next episode could be radically different, and I'll watch it. But I don't hold out a lot of hope.

On the other hand, they did at least get it on the air, unlike another genre show based on printed fiction that I could name. So fair play to them for having the gift and cleverness to get a piece of strange on the air.

In other news, I caught the new STARGATE SG-1. Him from FARSCAPE is in it, playing a confused pilot. I spent the whole episode feeling sorry for the poor bastard actor. And her from FARSCAPE is in it, dressed as a 90s porn star. Which was, you know, okay.

(Herc? You can have this if you want it, usual copyright notes apply, and a link to warrenellis.com would be nice.)

-- W

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  • July 18, 2005, 10:04 p.m. CST

    Hmmm

    by I Own You

    I had really hoped this would be good, given the history and the show runner, but now....?

  • July 18, 2005, 10:08 p.m. CST

    Stinker

    by Angry Chimp

    Absolute stinker.

  • July 18, 2005, 10:15 p.m. CST

    by foreignerbelt

    Claudia Black as a porn star? Who the hell stole my diary?

  • *Boom Tish*

  • July 18, 2005, 10:32 p.m. CST

    I Want My Spider Jerusalem!!!!

    by commiepinko

    Now there's a reporter that should be put on screen

  • July 18, 2005, 10:54 p.m. CST

    Stuart Townsend? Isn't he married to Charlize Theron?

    by prevert

  • July 18, 2005, 10:55 p.m. CST

    I meant to add...

    by prevert

    ...that he's a lucky cunt. So there.

  • July 18, 2005, 10:57 p.m. CST

    "Christ, the thing's flat..."

    by adambalm

    Damn, I saw these words and thought it was a review of Ultimate Nightmare.

  • July 18, 2005, 11:01 p.m. CST

    Hmmm...Warren is being cranky

    by KaijuKiller

    Saw the pilot last night, was very good. But oh well, who am I to argue with Mr. Ellis BTW, your pilot was fantastic and should have at least garnered a 13 ep season to give it a chance.

  • July 18, 2005, 11:11 p.m. CST

    Thanks for the Torrent heads up Herc....

    by Grando

    ... my thoughts will follow shortly.... ;)

  • July 18, 2005, 11:19 p.m. CST

    Don't settle for less

    by pulpculture

    Dammit, Universal, are you guys going to get the original "Kolchak" series out on DVD before this new one tanks or not?

  • July 18, 2005, 11:30 p.m. CST

    I wanted to like this too...

    by Eshu

    Especially when The Inside disappointed so terribly, my hopes were riding on this... but alas, still no replacement for Angel in my heart. (P.S. Does anyone think the creative team for the Inside, meaning camp Minear, would to wonders with this Night Stalker show?)

  • July 18, 2005, 11:42 p.m. CST

    To quote Vader: "Nooooooooooooooes!"

    by fiester

    I knew it! I knew they'd fuck it up. Bastards. How dare they revisionist-rape Carl Kolchak. Burn in hell. All of them. Fuckers. Fuck Townsend. That was strike one. Now the lame X-files ripoff. Kolchak a grieving family man! WTF! His character is pure wisecracking bachelor. It'd be like remaking motherfucking "Gilligan's Island" and making Gilligan a fucking Ladies' man--it goes counter to the vital spirit of the character. Fuckers. Michael Madsen would have been preferable to the vapid prettyboy, but everyone knows it should have been Steve Busemi or Bruce Campell. Someone with some quick and duende. I am so friggin' pissed off. This show is going to suck, it will come and go and there goes a chance to have done something really cool. Fucking fuckers shit all over poor Carl.

  • July 19, 2005, 12:11 a.m. CST

    They shoulda changed it to Horshack the Night Stalker

    by Serious Black

    Who wouldn't want to see the gang from "Welcome Back Kotter" tackle demons and monsters every week?

  • you know, that thing about something that was '1001 better' than something else? All these cryptic announcements are starting to pile up. Thanks for the torrent heads up.. I thought this guy was against torrents tho (unless he's not on the 'radio and online' press group).

  • July 19, 2005, 12:56 a.m. CST

    Fiester...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    Remarkable that you should mention Buscemi. I mentioned that he seemed a no-brainer for the role of Kolchak at work in front of two old time fans and both of them immediately agreed. I thought I was a casting genius, but I guess it is really just that obvious.

  • July 19, 2005, 1:07 a.m. CST

    Sounds like they need to give Viggo a call....

    by Praetor

    That would make me smile.

  • July 19, 2005, 1:11 a.m. CST

    I've seen it too

    by Purgatori

    and they don't explain fuck all about what the dog things are. There's even a line from the Duckie guy that was in "Not another teen movie" where he asks "What are they?" and Townsend replies "You know what they are." The fuck we do! The whole group angel is stupid. Karl didn't need a group, he was entertaining enough. And the whole conspiracy thing is forced too. I still think Steve Buscemi would have been great...but then they wouldn't be all young and "fresh" as it were. The chick is annoying and do we really need a fucking Jimmy Olsen?? GAH! They could have done something great with this...but it's going to tank if they keep it this boring and badly written. Oh and Nice DS9'ing the old Night Stalker footage of McGavin into the press room. That was like the only good thing in this, and it looked fake...but at least it was McGavin. And you have the Ford Mustang tie in with the "new" Mustang he's driving around in. If they don't fix it like they did the X-files after episode 1 it's going to go the way of all ABC's remakes (ala Dragnet) and be flushed down the toilet.

  • July 19, 2005, 1:21 a.m. CST

    Red Ned

    by Purgatori

    Nice name by the way. Swashbuckler should be seen by anyone that loved Pirates of the Caribbean. Shaw was a God. Great minds think alike. Buscemi would have brought that great tired yet nervous energy that McGavin had. He's got that sweet smarm needed to pull off a reporter that would do anything for a story. Townsend is just too damn pretty. No offense to him, but Jude Law managed to be ugly in Road to Perdition. It can be done, look at your girlfriends movie Monster dude. I just can't buy him as this. Retooling needs to be done and fast. The monster of the week made me happy. Each episode was a story. That was the point, that's why each of them was bookended. They've missed what made it cool. We don't need the "big bad" of the season for this show. It's not the X-files. In fact, the fucking on going need to stretch the conspiracy is what killed the X-files in my opinion.

  • July 19, 2005, 2:50 a.m. CST

    A better idea was to say the original show and Carl Kolchak exis

    by Negative Man

    The new Kolchak could have been the originals grandson or nephew and was the only one that belived 'Crazy Carl's' stories of the supernatural. Young Kolchak followed in Carl's footsteps and became a reporter, though he now believes that the stories Carl told were just campfire tales to fighten little kids. He's become a very successful and well respected reporter. Known for uncovering the truth and honest, straight forward reporting. Until a lawyer drops off a box of Carl Kolchaks personal items which includes a note to the young Kolchak. "You're the only one that ever believed me. If you've recieved this letter and my box of files and notes, then something bad has happened..." As he investigates Carl's disappearance, he winds up head deep in the supernatural. And when he reports it, he's laughed at and ridiculed. Soon he finds himself at the bottom of his career, reporting for a tabloid rag. But he continues his search for the truth about what happened to 'Crazy Carl' as he investigates stranger and stranger supernatural happenings. Just Fan Rambling, I know...but I hate to see a great show go to waste.

  • July 19, 2005, 2:54 a.m. CST

    This sucks

    by ChorleyFM

    It really is balls, but supposedly standard people in the TV media are liking it.

  • July 19, 2005, 3:13 a.m. CST

    JACK BLACK IS CARL KOLCHAK!

    by DarthBen

    I found the series back in the 90s when the SciFi channel would do one of those marathons of canceled shows. I fucking loved me some Carl Kolchak. That shit hits DVD, and I'm there. But here's the thing that Hollywood just doesn't get: Kolchak wasn't sexy. He never got laid. He was overconfident and underwhelming as a human being. He would always bumble into a situation where his life was on the line, and it was only his good heart and his quick wits that would save him. He was a COMEDIC figure, not fucking Fox Mulder Part 2. Only one man could play a modern Carl Kolchak. You need a man who can be scared shitless one minute and funny as hell the next. A man who would look like he belonged in that stupid ass hat and suit. A man who was a good actor, and FUNNY. Jack Black got too famous too quick. If he was just one notch lower on the fame scale...He's too big for this shit now, but in another universe, a universe where Will Smith played Neo and David Lynch directed Return of the Jedi, Jack Black is starring in the long-running Kolchak: The Night Stalker series (he's won two Golden Globes and one Emmy).

  • July 19, 2005, 5:36 a.m. CST

    Negative Man

    by Killah_Mate

    That's a pretty classic outline, but the archetype is great... That would've worked just fine as an extended pilot episode or somesuch. Plus, the story setup would have been much smoother, without all this excess Mulder baggage.

  • July 19, 2005, 6:03 a.m. CST

    Wow.

    by pandacarl

    Just like the review I sent in a week or so ago. I guess I'll have to remember to get quasi-semi-sorta-somewhat-famous-ish before I send in anything.

  • July 19, 2005, 6:33 a.m. CST

    Shit in the Bed...

    by reni

    I hope this works out. If not perhaps David Fincher and Andrew Kevin Walker can have another go at making a Night Stalker movie..?

  • July 19, 2005, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Sad

    by Real Deal

    I saw a clip on the ABC website and these guys don't have a clue about " The Nightstalker ". My friend and I recently watched the orinal 2 pilots and no comparison. The real problem here is McGavin is one of a kind! Also the by play between Kolchak and his boss is basic to the structure. Trying catch lightning in a bottle again. Why don't TV execs understand this?

  • July 19, 2005, 8:19 a.m. CST

    We can only hope the changes to ABC's lineup dont screw with

    by Mr. Profit

    I thought it was fucked up how the whole schedule radically changed except for Sunday. I hope Alias is able to draw viewers as a lead in at 8 on Thursdays, and I hope Invasion and the Nightstalker are both decent enough for me to watch. But man, now Lost is up against Veronica Mars.

  • July 19, 2005, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Invasion Pilot

    by Starkers

    The "Invasion" Pilot is alright, good production values but a few of the characters are cliched and you never get a sense of what is going on or what could potentially happen, it's all rather bleh, I didn't feel the need to see the second episode after the first. The Invasion pilot isn't up to the high standards set by the Alias, LOST, or The Shield pilots.

  • July 19, 2005, 9:58 a.m. CST

    Joe Pesci as Kolchak

    by wilbur gray

    Since he's not doing movies anymore,with his comedic timing and dramatic skills,Pesci would have made a great Kolchak.He's one of the few actors whose distinct voice could match McGavin's narrative abilities.DarthBen-If you've only seen the Kolchak series check out the two original T.V. movies some time.Kolchak has a hot "hostess" girlfriend in the first played by Carol Lynley.

  • July 19, 2005, 12:08 p.m. CST

    The zombie corpse of Gen William Westmoreland as Kolchak

    by Fred

    Or Timothy Spall.

  • July 19, 2005, 12:12 p.m. CST

    KINO

    by Blanket-Man

    I view Carl Kolchak/Darren McGavin with much the same reverence as many 1970s geeks view Han Solo/Harrison Ford - he was THAT cool to me. Loved the movies, loved about 1/3 of the show episodes (Horror in the Heights, Spanish Moss Murders, and The Ripper all scared the bejesus out of me when I was 9, and hold up very well today). This show should NOT be remade, especially with a completely different backstory. Can we start calling this drek KINO (Kolchak In Name Only)? Sounds like it fits. I'll still watch, crossing my fingers that MAYBE it won't be so bad...

  • July 19, 2005, 12:33 p.m. CST

    Warren Ellis needs to get laid...bad

    by Jeditemple

    Geez!! This guy has too much time on his hands to rip apart T.V. shows and decent actors (note that I didn't say good, but decent). Don't go slamming Ben Browder, you little punk. That guy is freakin' hilarious, given the chance to do his thing. This "him" and "her" reference will earn Mr. Ellis a bitchslap in the face.

  • July 19, 2005, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Pilot airing and Misc.

    by Gislef_crow

    Tentatively it's set for a 9/29/05 premiere date. i think shows today are aimed for (and the audience wants) a more group/ensemble type set-up. It also covers you if your main actor decides to, say, head back to Ireland or drops dead or whatever. And "The Chronicle" from a few years back managed to do a pretty much independently series of storylines with the tabloid setting. Although I suspect the problem with putting Kolchak at a tabloid would be...where's the conflict? A tabloid would print his stuff - the conflict is when Vincenzo or whoever doesn't want to print Kolchak's stories.

  • July 19, 2005, 12:59 p.m. CST

    I agree with fiesty fiester-- Campbell or Buscemi could've s

    by Diskatopia

    Buscemi or Campbell would have rocked it like no tomorrow (even with the lame new setup). The problem is that suits think that the 18-30s just want to see 18-30s actors. WRONG! Get that idea out of your head(sic), suits! Not every show needs to be OC'ed. People want well-crafted characters well-cast. With such horrible ideas flying at the nets, I can just see an unwelcome hellcoming remake of "All in the Family" on the event horizon, with Seth Green as Archie Bunker (nothing against Green, he's great, just using him as an example of potential bad casting).

  • July 19, 2005, 2:17 p.m. CST

    I'm gonna get pelted for this, but...

    by GenericGeek

    ... the best Kolckak ripoff was "Freakylinks". Yes, some episodes sucked, but a lot were great. Long live the desert squid! And, by the way, I recently watched the Global Frequency pilot (fell off a truck) and it was frelling brilliant. Amazing TV. But I guess shows with d-list actors dancing are more marketable... how lucky are we?

  • July 19, 2005, 2:38 p.m. CST

    I know who

    by Purgatori

    Updike is. This guy reminded me nothing of him. If I'm not mistaken Ron was a reporter, not a photographer. This guy has Jimmy Olsen sidekick written all over him. Ron was in the background for the most part and was straight man to Karl. He was an "uptight" guy who was always in competition with Karl to be Tony's favored reporter. I stick by what I said. They don't need a group. That was why the show as called Kolchak: The Nightstalker.

  • July 19, 2005, 3:59 p.m. CST

    Why even call it "Kolchak: The Night Stalker"?

    by fiester

    If you're going to change EVERTHING about the character anyway, what's the point? You gain nothing. The people who remember the character and show fondly are just going to be pissed off as hell and those who don't recognize it won't care one way or the other. It's so stupid. The only thing this has in common with the original is the reporter occupation. That's it.

  • July 19, 2005, 4:54 p.m. CST

    Lynx

    by Purgatori

    LOL...I bow to that observation. If you all want to check out a good site about Darren McGavin take a look at http://www.darrenmcgavin.net/ He's 82, give the man some love. I sent him an email to pass along what happy memories and joy he'd given me thanks to The Nightstalker and everything else he's done. The gal who runs the site said that he loves getting fan mail.

  • July 19, 2005, 5:08 p.m. CST

    lynxpro

    by fiester

    Spare me the pedantic bullshit and take ABC's cock out of your mouth, you punk. I know The Night Stalker refers to the vampire in the original TV movie and not Carl, you fucking putz. I'm sure most people on here are clear on that. If you wanna break down minutia, go ahead and analyse the episode which features Carl driving around listening to the World Series on the radio featuring the Red Sox vs. The Cubs. Never happened! Oh wait, it's fiction. You completely missed the point of my post; either that or your some fucking ABC's buttmunch plant. Go fuck yourself and go fuck this piece of shit show. Download the video of me skullfucking your dead mother, watch it, and go tell all your imaginary friends. "I'm Fiester, bitch!"

  • July 19, 2005, 5:10 p.m. CST

    PLEASE get the original out on dvd.

    by mrfan

    Please. Pretty please.

  • July 19, 2005, 5:26 p.m. CST

    oh heck yes

    by Purgatori

    Those are awesome comics. I love the look of them and the writing is great. I managed to catch up on the ones I missed thanks to the wonders of Ebay! Loved the fact that in the one issue they totally ripped off Morgan Freeman for the looks of the Doctor who was cursed and then they had Jeffrey Combs's twin as one of the morgue guys if I'm not mistaken.

  • July 19, 2005, 7:40 p.m. CST

    Wow! Ellis being cranky. THERE'S a shock. And the STARGATE s

    by Triumph poops!

    Ben Browder fit right in, he was fine and will add some nice fresh blood to the show, and I can't think of a better way to enjoy an hour of TV than to have watched Claudia walking about in that skintight black leather outfit she had on. As for KOLCHAK, I'll give it a shot. It's still only July and I'm willing to bet as shooting proceeds they might go back and tweak the pilot some more...hell, they might even put another, stronger episode in as the premiere. End of September's still a bit off. Then again, what a shock to come here and find Ellis giving yet another piss-filled review. Why doesn't he just come out and admit he's got a major jealousy boner since these shows get made and no one in Hollywood wants to buy his lameass comic book shit? STARGATE was fine, you British crank wank!

  • July 19, 2005, 7:55 p.m. CST

    lynxpro, you ignorant slut!

    by fiester

    One does not need be a "noob" to see you 1.) misunderstood my original post 2.) leaped to the defense of an inherently flawed reinterpretation of a beloved character 3.) tried to interject some salt, which made you look like an insipid plant (whether you are or are not is irrelevant) 4.) are not that well know, at least not by me, and I've been reading for several years and posting ever since the new format opened up the talkbacks (so STFU) 5.) Have nothing to say and are more boring than the stoned philosophizing of art school dropouts (and far less insightful, I might add). Thus I am done with you. "God rest ye merry gentlemen, motherfucker." I'm Fiester; you're not. Oh, and enjoy yourself compiling a pedantic and pathetic line item refutation of this post. I know you will. I will not be responding to you anymore. You're not worth it. And besides I already own you, bitch.

  • July 20, 2005, 12:45 a.m. CST

    Any luck with that password?

    by Imagikafan

    I'd really like to watch a high quality version of the pilot.

  • July 20, 2005, 2:12 a.m. CST

    The Pilot

    by reni

    I just watched the pilot and Ellis was right. It's flat. It's not bad but it doesn't a fraction of spark that Lost or 24 had when they opened. To be fair I liked Townsend and I loved the CG McGavin standing in the office. Somebody mentioned the planned tv trilogy back in the 70s. The last film was going to be called The Night Killers. It was set in Hawaii and was about aliens replacing officials/politicians with androids. I can think you can find the scripts at www.darrenmcgavin.net.

  • July 20, 2005, 3:17 a.m. CST

    Never had the inclination to write this before but Hey, ABC...

    by Laserbrain

    YOU RAPED MY CHILDHOOD. Cunts. Grow a fucking imagination.

  • they will just rerun scripts from "Highlander," "Codename Eternity," et al. Same old, same old. Can't risk losing the LCD.

  • July 20, 2005, 8:06 p.m. CST

    the original was dismissed as a monster of the week show, eh?

    by HypeEndsHere

    that's why it was good! X-Files was only watchable when it was a self-contained episode. i hated all that convoluted alien conspiracy bullshit. give me a fucking werewolf and a ghost and a limbless lady that lives under a bed.

  • July 21, 2005, 12:27 a.m. CST

    Kolchak on DVD

    by Agent_99

    Yes, Universal is releasing the original on DVD this year to coincide with the new series.

  • July 21, 2005, 11:05 a.m. CST

    Password..

    by Grando

    .... is in the .nfo file. Open it with notepad. Also, to the guy moaning about the show being WinRared, that is how all video files are released per 'scene' rules.

  • July 21, 2005, 11:07 a.m. CST

    I'm feeling generous.....

    by Grando

    Here's the password for the Xvid - "this is the last time we do favours." Cut and paste everything inside the quotes, including the full stop.

  • July 21, 2005, 1:36 p.m. CST

    At least we have the original made-for-tv movies on DVD

    by v3d

    I picked up the double bill dvd of "The Night Stalker" and "The Night Strangler" a couple of weeks ago. For modestly budgeted made-for-tv movies, made in '72 & '73 they still hold up. When I heard a former X-Filer was in on the remake of the series, I had some hope. I'll reserve final judgement till I see it myself, but with so many crap series already out on DVD, why are we still waiting for "The Night Stalker"?

  • July 21, 2005, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Sure, when you get them they are un-rared.

    by Grando

    But, when they are first posted in IRC scene rules dictate that they must be rared into a series of smaller archives. By the time they filter to BT they have usually been un-archived, on this occasion, it wasn't.

  • July 22, 2005, 12:19 a.m. CST

    How about Warren Ellis as the cranky Kolchak?

    by chien_sale

  • July 22, 2005, 6:59 a.m. CST

    The Night Bed Wetter

    by MaguaSynfield

    Missing ingrediant? Richard Matheson. Its clear they didn't find a writer up to Matheson's skills . Stuart Townsend? The guy who could have been Aragorn? The guy who helped make League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen suck even worse than it did? Not up to Darrin MacGavin's level either. Monster of the week series don't work? The best of the X Files was its early, monster of the week format. Carter lost me when he spun out on his Mulder mythology crap. This thing could have worked. It could have been sweet. I loved both of the original Night Stalker/Strangler films. It figures the suits would muck it up. Drain the character of what made him interesting, then cast a inert wanker in the lead. Madsen, or maybe Tom Sizemore, could have sold this character. Its sad. My childhood heroes take it up the nostrils again.

  • July 22, 2005, 8:26 a.m. CST

    Swashbuckler

    by MaguaSynfield

    Oh man, thanks for bringing that one up. I'd nearly forgotten it. Is it available anywhere? Robert Shaw was indeed a god - wrote Royal Hunt of the Sun, was an indispensible pillar holding up Speilberg's best film...was married to one of the most beautiful women on the planet ( Mary Ure), lost her whilst filming Jaws, yet carried on in brilliance. Truly one of a kind. Steve Buscemi as Kolchak? Yes. He'd bring that world-weariness to the role without breaking a sweat. Stevie can bring it, no doubt. Sad to say, that ship has sailed.

  • July 22, 2005, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Odd Lost Season 1 European Trailer

    by Mr. Profit

    http://www.popculturejunkies.com/mt/archives/lost_by_david_lachapelle.php

  • July 22, 2005, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Shaw was the man

    by Purgatori

    Swashbuckler is available on DVD by the way. Yeah, they've messed this all kinds of up. But at least we're getting the original series on DVD out of the deal. Now we get to see Cathy Lee Crosby in a toga with big bags under her eyes in crystal high def :)

  • July 24, 2005, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Matheson was/is a god. Dan Curtis? Is that a joke?

    by MaguaSynfield

    So, you'd throw a lifetime of Mathesons work out the window, including the first two Kolchak's you profess to enjoy, based on a script that Dan (Dark Shadows) Curtis dissed? Matheson's contributions to the original Twilght Zone alone guarentee his entry into Valhalla. I'll take Matheson's worst over Curtis's best each & every time.

  • July 24, 2005, 1:58 p.m. CST

    And Dark Shadows was caca

    by MaguaSynfield

    To be clear, I'm not suggesting that they haul Richard out of retirement - just get a writer of comparable skills/stature.

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