A murderer is loose in downtown Seattle and reporter Carl Kolchack, played in
full length TV-movies in films such as this and later in The Night Stalker
TV-series by Darren McGavin, is hot on the trail. He finds an alarming similarity
between portraits of a Dr Malcolm Richards and a Dr Richard Malcolm , leading
him to believe this man is not only the same person, but has survived the
decades through some sort of black arts, obtaining eternal life. As he
investigates further, city officials and newspaper higher-ups try to play down
his discoveries as unbelievable (a repeated problem for this reporter
throughout his adventures).
The murderer strangles people and evidently removes their blood, but why?
It isn't exactly a satanic ritual after all or black magic, but a serum the
doctor has discovered, mingled with human blood, which enables him to not only
stay alive but pass as human. The logner he goes without his medication, the
more he starts to decompose, thus he stays in his lair below the streets of
Seattle, until the need arises. He kills, he regrows his rotting flesh and
walks among mankind as seen fit, only to retreat again when he needs a new
fix. Thus, the whole program is repeated.
The reporter eventually tracks this ghoul to his home below the city and
destroys him, but all for nothing. His story gets killed just as surely as if
it would have been strangled by the evil doctor. All his efforts have been
for nothing, just as his masterpiece on a vampire in LasVegas, in The Night
Stalker, which came before, on his previous adventure.This guy just can't
win. He finds and kills all these monsters and in the end, he is continually