This is the best of The Night Stalker series IMO. The second ABC TV movie-of-the-week picks up where the first one leaves off with Kolchak winding up in 1973 Seattle. The whole premise of government cover ups was a common thread in a lot of 70's film making. Here it's co-opted to ghouls and vampires. A weird pairing would be Michael Small's 'The Parallax View': another paranoid Seattle caper from 1974. Both reflect the Watergate scandal and investigation which ran from 1972-74. What the sequel has over the first TV movie is a sense of humour about the whole thing. The matte shots of Seattle's 'underground city' are laughably obvious but I love that they extended things so the villain could have a proper evil lair. It's all preposterous fun. Plus ... John Carradine drops in. A TV series followed.

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