Reporter Carl Kolchak's second reported encounter with the supernatural, The Night Strangler, was broadcast on the night of January 16, 1973.

Chris Stachiw and Mike White discuss The Night Stalker and the character of Carl Kolchak (Darren McGavin). Written by (and later adapted for a novel by Kolchak creator Jeff Rice), the made-for-TV movie was directed by Dan Curtis (Dark Shadows).

Special Guest: Amanda Reyes, editor of Are You In The House Alone?: A TV Movie Compendium 1964-1999.

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Buy The Night Strangler on DVD
Listen to the Made for TV Mayhem podcast
Visit The Kolchak Tapes Facebook page
Subscribe to The Kolchak Tapes on iTunes

Music by John Walker, Robert Cobert, Gil Milles


Special Guests: Joan Micklin Silver, John Heard, Amy Robinson, Griffin Dunne, Mark Metcalf
Guest Co-Hosts: Daniel Kremer, Bill Ackerman

In Joan Micklin Silver's Chilly Scenes of Winter (1979) John Heard plays Charles, a lovelorn man who pines for Laura (Mary Beth Hurt), who's taking a break from her relationship with Ox (Mark Metcalf).

Produced by Metcalf, Amy Robinson, and Griffin Dunne, the film was initially released as Head Over Heels with a ridiculous advertising campaign that didn't capture the true spirit of the movie. Fortunately, the film was given another chance with a new ending and its proper title.

Bill Ackerman and Daniel Kremer (who's writing a book about Joan Micklin Silver) join Mike to discuss the film, which is finally getting a proper Blu-Ray release.

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Buy Chilly Scenes of Winter on Blu-Ray
Buy Chilly Scenes of Winter by Ann Beatie
Buy Sidney J. Furie: Life and Films by Daniel Kremer
Read Chilly Scenes of Winter by Jeff Stafford
Read “Women Directors are One More Problem We Don’t Need”: Joan Micklin Silver on Chilly Scenes of Winter by Vadim Rizov
Read How 'Chilly Scenes' Was Rescued by James Atlas
Hear more from Bill Ackerman at the Supporting Characters podcast
Learn more about Daniel Kremer at the Confluence Film blog

"Head Over Heels" - The Go-Go's
"Chilly Scenes of Winter" - Cousin Emmy and the New Lost City Ramblers
"Hazy Shade of Winter" - The Bangles


Special Guest: Greg Travis

Filmmaker Greg Travis discusses his career from his days doing stand-up, to his acting (Watchmen, Starship Troopers, Showgirls), and the 30 years-in-the-making Dark Seduction.

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"Dracula's Daughter" - Screaming Lord Sutch


Special Guests: Jerry Schatzberg, Barry Primus
Guest Co-Hosts: Bill Ackerman, Daniel Kremer

Jerry Schatzberg's Puzzle of a Downfall Child (1970) stars Faye Dunaway as Lou Andreas Sand, a model who has been used up and discarded by the fashion industry. Her former photographer and lover, Aaron (Barry Primus) interviews Lou, allowing screenwriter to take the audience back and forth in a fracture time structure, allowing us to see the pieces of the puzzle that is Lou.

Bill Ackerman and Daniel Kremer join Mike to discuss this fascinating and difficult-to-find film.

Listen/Download Now:

Buy Puzzle of a Downfall Child on DVD (PAL, Reg.2)
Visit the official Jerry Schatzberg website
Buy Looking for Gatsby by Faye Dunaway
Buy Sidney J. Furie: Life and Films by Daniel Kremer
Listen to Supporting Characters from Bill Ackerman
Listen to the Film Comment podcast on Puzzle of a Downfall Child
Read Bombast: Carole Eastman by Nick Pinkerton

"Re-Make/Re-Model" - Bryan Ferry
"The Model" - Kraftwert
"This Year's Girl" - Elvis Costello


Special Guests: Paul Goodwin, Sean Hogan
Guest Co-Host: Josh Hadley

Britain's ground-breaking 2000 AD comic introduced a raft of vital artists and writers along with indelible characters like Judge Dredd, Halo Jones, Strontium Dog, and more. The documentary Future Shock! The Story of 2000 AD (2014) tells the story of the ups and downs of this influential work.

Director Paul Goodwin and producer Sean Hogan discuss the creation of Future Shock!.

Josh Hadley joins Mike to reminisce about comics and the film adaptations of various 2000 AD stories.

Listen/Download Now:

Buy or Rent Future Shock
Follow FutureShockDoc on Twitter
Visit the official website
Visit the official 2000 AD website

"Mutants In Mega City One" - Fink Bros
"I Am the Law" - Anthrax
"Judge Yr'self" - Manic Street Preachers
"Ganging Out with Halo Jones" - Transvision Vamp
"I Am the Law" - Human League


Special Guest: Geoff Dyer
Guest Co-Hosts: Elric Kane. Joe Yanick

Andrei Tarkovsky 's Stalker / Сталкер (1979) is a deceptively simple film about three men who venture into the verdant and mystical "Zone" in search of a room where their innermost desires will come true. Based loosely on Roadside Picnic by Boris and , the film becomes a meditative experience about art, religion, and logic.

Elric Kane and Joe Yanick join Mike to discuss this unusual "science fiction" film.

Listen/Download Now:

Buy Stalker on DVD
Buy Roadside Picnic by Arkady Strugatsky and Boris Strugatsky
Buy Zona: A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room by Geoff Dyer
Buy Roadside Picnic, read by Robert Forster
Read a script analysis of Stalker
Read a transcript of Stalker
Read Andrei Tarkovsky, Solaris and Stalker: The making of two inner-space odysseys by Stephen Dalton
Read A Unique Perspective On The Making Of 'Stalker': The Testimony Of A Mechanic Toiling Away Under Tarkovsky's Guidance from Cinephilia and Beyond
Andrei Tarkovsky: The Essential Documentaries on Russian Master from Cinephilia and Beyond
Visit the official Geoff Dyer website
Read Danger! High-radiation arthouse! by Geoff Dyer

Stalker Soundtrack - Eduard Artemyev
"Stalker (For Andrei Tarkovsky)" - Alva Noto


Special Guest: Ted Raimi

Detroit native Ted Raimi talks with Mike about his early days in Motown and his work on Lunatics: A Love Story, "Ash Vs. Evil Dead", "Twin Peaks", Hard Target and more.

Visit the official website
Visit the Josh Becker website
Read A hometowner from Hamtramck fights the undead by Michael Jackman

"Xena Theme" - Kaval Sviri

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Special Guest: Maitland McDonagh

The 1949 adaptation of 's short story, The Rocking Horse Winner (adapted and directed by Anthony Pélissier) is an intense family melodrama shot like a horror film. The film stars John Howard Davies as Paul Grahame, a young boy desperate to bring his mother happiness.

Maitland McDonagh joins Mike to discuss this poignant work.

Listen/Download Now:

Buy The Rocking Horse Winner on DVD
Read The Rocking Horse Winner
Visit the official D.H. Lawrence website
Buy Maitland McDonagh's books

"The Rocking Horse Winner" - William Alwyn