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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Complete credited cast:
Bernie Jenks
Sheriff Butcher
Chief Masterson
Kent Smith ...
D.A. Paine
Mickey Crawford
Fred Hurley
Dr. O'Brien
Barry Atwater ...
Janos Skorzeny


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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Release Date:

11 January 1972 (USA)  »

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The Kolchak Papers  »

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$450,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


The role of Skorzeny was intended for Robert Quarry but he was forced to decline due to his contract with AIP. See more »


The first victim, Cheryl Ann Hughes, is described by Kolchak as 23 years old. But the actress playing her is clearly in her early 40s. See more »


Bernie Jenks: Subject Janos Skorzeny: born in Romania in 1899.
Sheriff Warren A. Butcher: You mean to tell me this guy is over 70 years old? Come on, Bernie. Your boys have come up with the wrong man!
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Followed by The Night Strangler (1973) See more »


Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Performed by Darren McGavin
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One of the better TV shows on the paranormal
28 October 2002 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

Nice little made for TV (ABC) film about Kolchak (McGavin), a washed-up reporter in exile in Las Vegas, looking for a vampire who everybody is convinced is just a psycho. Some good scares, funny moments, and a healthy criticism of the establishment Vegas are all patched into the wonderful Matheson's script. Nice cheezy music and period cars are also a plus. Was turned into a short-lived TV series.

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