I watched this as a two-hour movie back in the late '70s, and I absolutely loved it. When I stumbled across the film on Youtube, I nearly fell off my chair from shock and then excitement and re-watched the hell out of it (still do, actually). Then I dug around some more, and now I'm a wee bit annoyed.
It absolutely sucks that this was rejected since it would've been an amazing series had it been given the green light. Back in the 1970s, we had Kolchak: The Night Stalker and The Sixth Sense for our weekly occult mystery series (and one of them being a comedy to boot), and those got canceled after just one season for the former and two seasons for the latter.
Granted, as a kid, I was totally into all things supernatural and exciting for my entertainment because I loved the creepiness and the thrill of solving mysteries. Now that I'm much, much older, I still enjoy those but on a wholly different level since I love writing stories along those lines, and knowing that we were all denied what would've been a great occult Sherlock Holmes series just makes my kidneys explode. Or something like internal organs hemorrhaging in protest, I mean.
We were blessed with horror anthologies like Night Gallery, Ghost Story (later: Circle of Fear), Journey to the Unknown, etc. -- so why not a proper heir to Kolchak: The Night Stalker? Oh, well. Younger generations now get to enjoy similar series of their own, but for me (Gen X), I have to whip out that amazing Botero meme:
This I can say, though -- at least there's an embarrassment of riches nowadays when it comes to supernatural mysteries I can sink my teeth into in book form.
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