This article relies largely or entirely on a single source. (November 2016)
|Crackle of Death|
|Directed by||Alexander Grasshoff|
Carol Ann Susi
|Country of origin||United States|
|Running time||92 minutes|
|Production companies||Universal Pictures|
It combined the Kolchak: The Night Stalker episodes "Firefall" and "The Energy Eater" with additional narration by Darren McGavin as Kolchak. It also contains new dialogue by McGavin, Oakland and Grinnage, as well as new "scenes", such as a newspaper on a desk and the image of the Doppelganger being inserted into old footage (for example, when Kolchak looks at the sky, he sees the Doppelganger's giant face). The new material was put together in late March 1976.
All four episodes comprising these films were subsequently withdrawn from the original television syndication package. They were not made available in their entirety again until a Columbia House VHS video release in the 1990s. The TV-edited films have never been released on home video.