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The Night Stalker (1972)

TV Movie  -   -  Horror | Thriller  -  11 January 1972 (USA)
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An abrasive Las Vegas newspaper reporter investigates a series of murders committed by a vampire.

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Bernie Jenks
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Sheriff Butcher
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D.A. Paine
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Fred Hurley
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Makurji
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Dr. O'Brien
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Janos Skorzeny
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Storyline

Carl Kolchak is a newspaper reporter with an abrasive personality that has gotten him fired ten times from various big-city papers. Now he's reduced to reporting for a relatively small-time paper in Las Vegas. It's here he gets the story of his life. But will the local sheriff, or the D.A., or even his own boss, let him print it? He has an ally in the FBI agent brought in to investigate this strange case. It seems someone is biting the necks of young girls and draining their blood. Can this killer with supernormal powers really be a 70-year-old Rumanian millionaire? Can he really be a vampire? And can an aging reporter do anything to stop him? Written by J. Spurlin

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Horror | Thriller

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11 January 1972 (USA)  »

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The Kolchak Papers  »

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$450,000 (estimated)
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At the time of its original airing, it was the most widely viewed TV movie, with a 33.2 rating and a 54 share. See more »

Goofs

When Kolchak and Jenks are talking at a table by the side of the pool, a blonde with an orange and black bathing suit walks by their table. A few seconds later, we see them speaking from a different camera angle, and the same blonde passes by, going in the same direction, and without enough time having elapsed to have walked around the entire pool already. See more »

Quotes

Carl Kolchak: [sarcastically, when Vincenzo criticizes his story] How about a special featurette, with a border of roses? An interview with the two girl victims, in Heaven, with a cellestial choir in the background.
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Followed by The Night Strangler (1973) See more »

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Manhattan
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Performed by Darren McGavin
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THE Horror Movie of the 70's
31 December 1998 | by (Iowa City, IA) – See all my reviews

And it took a TV movie to achieve this feat. But there's no denying the powerful intersection of screen writer Richard Matheson, producer Dan Curtis, and Darren McGavin in perhaps his best role (after A Christmas Story). Ably assisted by Jeff Rice's original novel, Night Stalker works on every level. The humor is there, but a bit subdued. The vampire is a feral beast who is strong, invulnerable, and drinks blood...and that's it. No lame transformations into a bat: The script's portrayal of Skorzeny the Vampire echoes that of Christopher Lee (Hammer also resisted displaying much of Dracula's superhuman abilities).

Skorzeny has none of the sexuality or personality of Dracula, but in a sense the movie isn't about him even if he's the "Stalker" of the title. It's a movie about Carl Kolchak, reporter and undeterred seeker of truth. He could be stalking a story about corrupt politicians, or mobsters, or whatever. The only difference is here, he's after a vampire. This extra supernatural element rises it above what few dramatic reporter-featured movies there are out there.


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