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32 Days of Halloween VII, Day 18: The Alligator People!

Alligator People!

Yes, we’ll get to our friends up top in a second. First up, we have the second episode of Kolchak, The Night Stalker (found via Rox, naturally). In this, our hero finds himself dealing with an old woman who’s brought her son back from the dead so he can go around getting revenge for his murder. And anybody who gets in the way of that, well, it’s going to be rough. And yes, if you only know Darren McGavin as The Old Man from A Christmas Story, shame on you. Get to know Kolchak. The series is available on DVD here.


And now we go back to Basil Rathbone for an unabridged reading of Poe‘s “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar.” I was reminded of this because–if you’re familiar with the story–Rathbone’s “Dead Valdemar voice” is goddamn freaky. Surprisingly so. You can snag it along with two other stories here.

And finally, tonight’s feature presentation: The Alligator People. From 1959, it’s directed by Roy Del Ruth (Topper Returns), and stars Beverly Garland (Not of This Earth) and Lon Chaney Jr. Yeah, I thought we hadn’t spent enough time with him thus far this year. So here we are. And where is that? A young woman searches for her missing husband only to find out that mad medical science has turned him into half-man, half-gator. Kind of like a murderous Wally Gator. Enjoy.

Your best bet for this on DVD is a four-movie set which is only slightly more than the film by itself.