Running time w/o commercials: 74 minutes
ABC bypassed Kolchak creator Jeffrey Grant Rice and hired Matheson to write the script. After some legal wrangling, Rice became involved and ended up writing the novelization.
Deleted scenes featured George Tobias as Jimmy Stackhaus, a reporter who wrote on the murderer during his previous cycle. The scenes are restored in the syndication and DVD releases. Additional scenes featuring Al Lewis, Kate Murtagh, and Margaret Hamilton are also included.
Carl: This is the story behind the most incredible series of murders to ever occur in the city of Seattle, Washington. You never read about them in your local newspapers or heard about them on your local radio or television station. Why? Because the facts were watered down, torn apart, and reassembled... in a word, falsified.
Tony: Go to Journalism School, my father said. It's a good, sound, down-to-earth profession.
Carl: Don't you want to hear this?
Tony: What I want to do is raise tulips for a living but there's not enough demand.
Carl: How can a man over a hundred years old retain his vitality? Is it possible?
Professor Crabwell: If it were possible, I'd be sitting here an 80-year-old sexpot. However, staying young was not their purpose. Alchemy was conceived as an exalted notion - man at one with universe. These men led spartan lives, living in the most humble of quarters, eating the most humble of foods. The Count Saint-Germain for instance, existed on a diet which consisted solely of oatmeal, groats, white meat of chicken, and a little wine.
Carl: Seems to me that a diet like that would make a man old before his time.
Professor Crabwell: On the contrary, he remained young for a number of years, in addition to which he was said to have possessed almost superhuman strength.
Carl: Tell me, what other, uh ... what other ingredients are in this elixir of life?
Professor Crabwell: Milk or meat, celandine or honey, red wine vinegar, hair, sweat, blood.
Carl: What kind of blood?
Professor Crabwell: What do you mean, what kind of blood? Human blood, of course.
Dr. Richard Malcolm: You grovel nicely, Mr. Kolchak.