Halloween season has been in progress for weeks now. I have taken to long to post on it, but better late than never. I will start with my favorite horror genre of all time. When I was growing up I never idolized superheroes. The only heroes fictional heroes I ever had were Atticus Finch and Karl Kolchak.
iI consider Kolchak to be a progressive hero. He fought the establishment and in one episode, “Primal Scream”, he fought an oil company. Instead of fists he used his brain, writing ability ( the pen is indeed mightier than the sword), connections in low places, and more courage than I or most people have.
I was introduced to him a birthday party 38 years ago where we watched the above- mentioned espisode of ” Kolchak: The Night Stalker.” I fell in love with the show immediately.
I later found out that, of course, the series was preceded by two TV movies. The first of these, “The Night Stalker”, was broadcast on ABC in 1972, and was the most watched TV film ever up to that point. It is definitely a classic, what one critic one called a brilliant combination of comedy and horror, one that I watch every year. This unique drama is food for thought, especially for a progressive activist.
Without further ado, here is “The Night Stalker”