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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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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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reporter | vampire | blood | murder | newspaper | See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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11 January 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Kolchak Papers  »

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$450,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Darren McGavin and Ralph Meeker, who appear together in this film, have both played Mickey Spillane's fictional detective Mike Hammer before. Ralph Meeker played him in Kiss Me Deadly (1955), and McGavin on TV in Mike Hammer (1958). See more »

Goofs

The first victim, Cheryl Ann Hughes, is described as possessing a brown belt in Karate. But when the vampire seizes her by the throat, she uses none of her alleged skills, even though (in Karate) this is one of easiest holds to break. See more »

Quotes

District Attorney Tom Paine: [after a disastrously failed capture attempt of Skorzeny] Well, what are we gonna do?
Carl Kolchak: [from the back of the room] *Now* are you willing to listen to my insane ideas?
Sheriff Warren A. Butcher: [angrily] Kolchak, get out of here!
District Attorney Tom Paine: Warren, hold it, hold it! Kolchak, you were there, weren't you?
Carl Kolchak: Yes.
District Attorney Tom Paine: Every man we've questioned insists not only that Skorzeny was possessed of incredible strength, but that he was shot more than once during the capture attempt.
Carl Kolchak: [sarcastically] Oh, I'd say thirty or forty times.
Police Chief Ed Masterson: I'm sorry, I'm not ...
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Connections

Followed by Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Manhattan
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Performed by Darren McGavin
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McGavin, Wild Stories Made This A Fun TV Series
14 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For those who remember this television show, re-visiting it on VHS or DVD is a nostalgic experience. Darren McGavin was a likable, funny guy as "Carl Kolchak," a reporter for an independent news service who chases after vampires and assorted weirdos.

In this pilot show, "Kolchak" goes after a vampire in Las Vegas. Ah, a good place for any bloodsucker. Since this was on television back in the early-to-mid '70s, you see a thriller with no gore and no profanity and you also get to see the beautiful Carol Lynley's face again.

Darrin McGavin was an underrated actor, a guy who always seemed to make whatever character he was playing an interesting guy. He was great in this short (2 years, I think) television series.

The only annoying part of the this film and the TV series is all the hostility toward Kolchak, particularly by his loud and obnoxious employer, "Tony Vincenzo," played by Simon Oakland.


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