Horror on TV: Kolchak: The Night Stalker 1.17 “Legacy of Terror” (dir by Don McDougall)


Tonight, on Kolchak….

All across Chicago, people are losing their hearts …. literally!  A string of murders are all connected by the fact that the heart has been cut out of the body.  Could it be the work of an Aztec death cult that’s being led by a centuries-old mummy!?

Carl Kolchak is going to find out!

The episode originally aired on February 14th, 1975.  Wow!  Happy Valentine’s Day!

Enjoy!

Cleaning Out The DVR, Again #32: His Double Life (dir by Peter Sullivan)


(Lisa is currently in the process of trying to clean out her DVR by watching and reviewing all 40 of the movies that she recorded from the start of March to the end of June.  She’s trying to get it all done by the end of July 11th!  Will she make it!?  Keep visiting the site to find out!)

His Double Life

(MINOR SPOILERS)

The 32nd film on my DVR was His Double Life, which I recorded off of the Lifetime Movie Network on June 12th.

His Double Life has a plot that will be familiar to anyone who has ever watched a Lifetime film.  Scarlett (Cristine Prosperi) is still recovering from the trauma of her father’s death in a traffic accident.  It doesn’t help that, five years later, her mother, Linda (Emmanuelle Vaugier), has married her father’s former business partner, Greg (Brian Krause).  Scarlett doesn’t trust Greg.  Admittedly some of that is because she resents Greg trying to take the place of her father but, at the same time, there is definitely something off about Greg.  He tries too hard.  He never seems to be sincere when he’s being friendly.  He practically oozes sleaze.

And yet, somehow, Scarlett seems to be the only person who has any suspicions about Greg.  This is a common theme in Lifetime films.  Even when someone is obviously up to no good, only one person ever seems to notice.  Everyone else just makes excuses for Greg’s behavior.  And you know what?  That’s actually a lot more plausible than a lot of critics are willing to admit.  No one ever wants to admit that their neighbor might be a serial killer.

Or a spy.

Anyway, Scarlett thinks that there’s something wrong with Greg.  So, while visiting home from college, Scarlett decides to follow Greg around.  She sees Greg with another woman and is convinced that she caught him cheating.  However, the next day, the woman turns up dead!

Is Greg a murderer?

Or is he a spy?

You’ll have to watch the movie to find out!

(He’s both.)

His Double Life is an entertaining Lifetime film, with all that implies.  However, there are two things that make this Lifetime film especially memorable.

First off, the film ends with a title card that informs us that, ever since the end of the Cold War, the number of Russian spies in the United States has actually increased.  “They’re your neighbors.  Your friends.  YOUR HUSBANDS!”  Seriously, it was so melodramatic and silly (and intentionally so, I like to believe) that I couldn’t help but love it.

Add to that, His Double Life continues the trend of former Degrassi cast members showing up in Lifetime movies.  Cristine Prosperi is well-remembered for playing, over the course of three seasons, the endearingly quirky Imogen on Degrassi.  Scarlett is a bit more conventional than Imogen but Prosperi still does a great job playing her.  For that matter, Brian Krause also does a good job as the menacing Greg.

Enjoy His Double Life!  Just remember that the person you watch it with could easily be a Russian spy…