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The Night Stalker (1972)

TV Movie  |  Not Rated  |   |  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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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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Horror | Mystery

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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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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

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

Carl Kolchak: [singing] I'll take Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island, too. Watch out you great big wonderful Big Apple, Kolchak's coming back. Yeah!
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Referenced in Kolchak: The Night Stalker: The Vampire (1974) See more »

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Manhattan
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Performed by Darren McGavin
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One of the best made-for-TV movies ever
14 September 2000 | by (San Jose, CA) – See all my reviews

The 1970s produced a large volume of made-for-TV movies, and, unlike today, they did not have to be about relevant social topics or preach political correctness. Back then, TV movies could actually be made with no intent other than to entertain--what a decade!

The Night Stalker is one of the very best of these made-for-TV films. Be warned, the production values are not as good as a feature film, but the story, the writing, the acting, and the director's mastery of creepiness make up for any other faults. From McGavin on down the line, the acting is terrific! In fact, Carl Kolchak may be McGavin's finest role. Richard Matheson's writing is up to his usual standards of excellence. Barry Atwater is a great bit of casting as the vampire. If there is one fault, and it has to be laid at the feet of the director, it is the inept use of a stunt man as a substitute for Atwater during the action scenes. In some scenes it is painfully obvious that it is not Atwater; it's a wonder the scenes weren't clipped. But this is the price that is paid for a TV movie with a short shooting schedule. As a whole, The Night Stalker is one of the very best vampire movies ever made. Don't let a few faults deter you from an otherwise classic bit of horror film-making. Remember, this is a TV movie; if you want lots of gore, don't waste your time.


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