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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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Vincenzo
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Bernie Jenks
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Sheriff Butcher
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Chief Masterson
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D.A. Paine
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Mickey Crawford
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Fred Hurley
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Makurji
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Dr. O'Brien
Barry Atwater ...
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

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 Vincenzo tells Kolchak he won't print the vampire story, Kolchak suggests that instead they print a special featurette interviewing the two girl victims. There was a third female victim that happened before this scene. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Robert Makurji: [referring to Kolchak's theory about the murders] Mr. Paine, I shouldn't be so inclined to reject Mr. Kolchak's theory out of hand if I were you. It is at best highly speculative, but not altogether unwarranted.
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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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A Classic Modern Vampire Story You Can Sink Your Teeth Into!
23 April 2003 | by (Waterford,Michigan) – See all my reviews

At one point in the 1970's ABC movie of the week was the king of television movies. The Night Stalker was one of those reason why movie of the week reigned supreme. This along with movies like Duel and Don't Be Afraid of the Dark and others I can't think of off hand were the reason. The Night Stalker is probably the best of these movies. It was a good story, with a very good and experienced cast of actors. While many were character actors and second bananas, they played their roles well.All of the actors were believable in their roles.The movie was believable and the vampire element was kept simple with little or no special effects.It was not needed. I will grant some of the criticisms about how a middle-aged reporter like Kolchak was able to battle the vampire whereas the police had trouble have merit.However, this doesn't take away from the story. Remember, Kolchak was the only one armed to fight a vampire in the first place.Also, remember it was a made for t.v. movie and plus do you really think Peter Cushing could match Christopher Lee evenly in all of the Hammer Dracula movies, I mean there was a size and strength difference there too. Suspend your belief just a little.The movie was perfect for the times, towards the end of Vietnam and right before Watergate when we were skeptical of everything. This is one of the very few movies from the 70's that I remember fondly.The ending was perfect for the times as well. The Night Stalker as both a story and a movie has to rank in the top ten vampire movies bar none. This is a vampire classic that you can sink your teeth into with great satisfaction!


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