6 October 2002 | Mr. OpEd
Do Ed McBain's lawyers know? How about Columbo's? Or are they the ones who should be worried?
This is a well plotted and paced film that builds to an effective and tense climax.
Apparently made for a multi-national audience, but with Americans as the stars. A rare bird (extinct?) on the cable stations, it's worth a look if you find it.
But if you're a Columbo fan, you've already seen it as, No Time to Die, made the same year, 1992. Which was made first and why do they have identical plots? There's another mystery right there, especially as this is the only Columbo to completely diverge from the usual Columbo plot line. And it matches up all too closely, scene for scene, with Terror Stalks.
If you're an Ed McBain fan, you probably notice that both of these TV films remind you of Till Death Do Us Part (at least, I think that was the title), which DID come first.