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Kolchak: Crackle of Death (1974)

Crackle of Death (original title)
Unrated | | Comedy, Horror, Mystery | TV Movie 1974
In this first of two Kolchak compilation TV films, reporter Carl Kolchak investigates a ghostly arsonist and an evil Native American spirit haunting a hospital.


Alexander Grasshoff (as Alex Grasshoff), Don Weis


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The second of two Kolchak compilation TV films. It combines two episodes of the Kolchak TV series, Demon In Lace (about a succubus) and Legacy of Terror (about Aztec ritualistic serial killings), and adds new narration.

Directors: Don McDougall, Don Weis
Stars: Darren McGavin, Simon Oakland, Keenan Wynn


Cast overview, first billed only:
Darren McGavin ... Carl Kolchak (archive footage)
Simon Oakland ... Tony Vincenzo (archive footage)
William Smith ... Shaman Jim Elkhorn (segment: "The Energy Eater") (archive footage)
Elaine Giftos ... Nurse Janis Eisen (segment: "The Energy Eater") (archive footage)
Fred Beir ... Ryder Marshall Bond (segment: "Firefall") (archive footage)
Philip Carey ... Sergeant Mayer (segment: "Firefall") (archive footage)
David Doyle ... Mr. Cardinale (segment: "Firefall") (archive footage)
Tom Drake ... Don Kibbey (segment: "The Energy Eater") (archive footage)
Michael Strong ... Walter Green (segment: "The Energy Eater") (archive footage)
Robert Yuro ... Detective Captain Webster (segment: "The Energy Eater") (archive footage)
Joyce Jillson ... Diana Lanier (segment: "The Energy Eater" ) (archive footage)
Madlyn Rhue ... Maria Hargrove (segment: "Firefall") (archive footage)
Jack Grinnage ... Ron Updyke (archive footage)
Virginia Vincent ... Mrs. Markoff (segment: "Firefall") (archive footage)
Ruth McDevitt ... Emily Cowles (segment: "The Energy Eater") (archive footage)


In this compilation of two Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974) episodes, "Firefall" and "The Energy Eater," a reporter must investigate the supernatural occurrences of an arsonist's ghost trying to possess an orchestra composer, and then a strange Native American "bear god" that is feeding off the energy of the hospital buried over its site. Written by <crow_steve@hotmail.com>

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Release Date:

1974 (USA) See more »

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Kolchak: Crackle of Death See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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A similar movie is "Demon And The Mummy", also made up of 2 "Night Stalker" segments ("Demon In Lace" and "Legacy Of Terror"). New material was also added for this (new footage, new dialogue, new narration) on March 27, 1976. See more »


Edited from Kolchak: The Night Stalker: Firefall (1974) See more »

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27 May 2000 | by movieboy-12See all my reviews

I have this movie which someone in my family taped in the early 80s off of TV. I just saw it again on TV and went on an all out search for the tape. I found it and viewed the whole thing.

SUMMARY: Carl Kolchak (Darren McGavin- "The Night Stalker", "The Night Strangler") is a INS news reporter who stumbles upon first a ghost known as the "Doppleganger" who mysteriously is a ghost who starts people on fire in their sleep. Then Kolchak comes to a Monawhatzit (not the real name) a ancient being that feeds off peoples energy after killing them.

Great movie, I wish this was released on VHS or DVD.

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