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The Night Stalker (1972)

TV Movie  |  Not Rated  |   |  Crime, Horror, Mystery  |  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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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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11 January 1972 (USA)  »

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The Kolchak Papers  »

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$450,000 (estimated)
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Actor Barry Atwater was given red contact lenses for his role as vampire Janos Skorzeny. After wearing them for long periods his eyes became very sensitive - as a result, he did not need the contact lenses to make his eyes look red in later scenes. See more »

Goofs

When the body is discovered at the construction site, the shadow of the camera is visible, and the shadow of the cameraman's fingers can be seen moving. See more »

Quotes

Carl Kolchak: [voiceover] Sherman Duffy of the New York Herald once said, "A newspaperman is the loneliest guy on earth. Socially he ranks somewhere between a hooker and a bartender. Spritually he stands with Galileo, because he knows the world is round."
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Carl Kolchak: Not that it matters much, when his editor knows its flat.
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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
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Creepy vampire film.
18 August 2008 | by (Chyby, Poland) – See all my reviews

Las Vegas is a town where the unusual is considered normal.However when former top reporter Carl Kolchak played by Darren McGavin meets with police reluctance while covering the murder of a showgirl his curiosity is aroused.Suddenly there is a series of murders apparently committed by the vampire killer.The closer Kolchak gets to the truth the less he is able to reveal and the more frightened he becomes."The Night Stalker" is a taut and suspenseful mix of vampire horror and comedy.The cast is superb with McGavin playing Kolchak like a 1940s' reporter who has emerged from a time capsule into the 1970s.The portrayal of vampire Skorzeny is positively bone-chilling.I'm not deeply into made for TV horror,but "The Night Stalker" is very good.


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