MONSTER, COP, AND GOOD GHOST
Last week I re-watched a
double-bill of TV films, The Night Stalker and the sequel called
The Night Strangler, in anticipation of finally viewing the whole
first season of "The Night Stalker" on DVD. Good movies—and written by no
less than Richard Matheson. Check 'em out. But the reason I mention them
here is because of an odd coincidence that occurred in time traveling back
to 1972 and 1973 respectively for those films. When going back in time
like that you never know who else you might bump into besides the people
you’re actually looking for. You enter into a landscape full of ghosts
(even if they’re alive in present time, you’re still viewing them as the
specters of what they were) and one of the really neat things is the
surprise spirits that pop up.
In The Night Strangler,
our man Kolchak is hunting for a blood drinking ghoul who’s hiding
somewhere underneath Seattle in a part of the city that was somehow buried
but preserved, and while wandering around in the dark down there he bumps
into a tramp.
Al Lewis into the time machine.
Hey, what a treat, I
thought, seeing Grandpa Munster playing a bit role I either totally forgot
or was never aware of. Got me thinking, as such random time machine
anomalies will get you to do: What the hell ever happened to Al Lewis and
what is doing right now? This experience reminded me of seeing Fred Gwynne
appear in Pet Sematary, a very nice and fitting bolt from the blue
that takes you back to why you like that particular person in the first
He or she or it was
In the magic of your
The place that haunts
your subconscious with both good and bad memories, but mostly when you see
a actor from a show you really liked—you get to access a moment, even if
subconsciously, of the good stuff inside you. And that’s pretty okay all
right. I made a semi-conscious note-to-self to try and remember where ol’
Grandpa had gone and to check his footsteps for more fun & mischief.
Well, just a few days
later, before I could investigate the wonderful Jewish vampire, he shows
up in the obit. And that’s certainly Life with a capital “A” for ya. How
many of us have lost an elderly family member to the advancement of years
and suddenly wondered, wow, I could have spent more time with them. Wow, I
could have spent SOME time with them. Wow, I could have spent ANY time
with them. But now you can’t.
Well, in this case, you
Since Grandpa Munster aka
Officer Leo Schnauser is an immortal
member of Ghost Town, USA, available through the time machine device of
any working TV + DVD player—you can visit him anytime you want.
are you waiting for?
is already at the ethereal party. All you have to do is join him.
wishes Grandpa, and hasta luego.
Bradley Mason Hamlin