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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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Bernie Jenks
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Sheriff Butcher
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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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Budget:

$450,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The original script by Richard Matheson called for Carl Kolchak to be dressed in Bermuda shorts and wearing an Aloha shirt. Actor Darren McGavin said, "That doesn't sound like anyone I know," and elected to use a different wardrobe. While reading up on the character, McGavin noted that Kolchak had been fired from a New York newspaper years before, and thought, "That's it! He hasn't bought a new suit since!" So, Kolchak appeared in a circa 1950s suit. See more »

Goofs

In the climactic showdown scene, when a weakened Skorzeny (Barry Atwater) is laying against the stairs he turns around to see Jenks holding the chrome cross close to his face. Apparently seeing his face in the reflection of the cross (and possibly being startled by his appearance), Atwater begins to laugh, and the camera quickly cuts away to another shot. See more »

Quotes

Carl Kolchak: Rumor has it that the day Anthony Albert Vincenzo was born, his father left town. The story may be apocryphal, but I believe it. The only point I wonder about is why his mother didn't leave too.
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Referenced in Wonderland (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Manhattan
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Performed by Darren McGavin
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STILL scary...
29 March 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Richard Matheson has scripted some of the finest fantasy to ever grace the screen (big and small) and this one, based on the then-unpublished novel by Jeff Rice, took us all by surprise in 1972. I remember the feeling of unease that crept over me as the tale unfolded that night so long ago. I remember a pale man dressed in black, robbing bloodbanks, and the not-so-heroic reporter who dogged his trail, determined to find the truth of the matter, no matter what the cost. I was mesmerised. And greatly satisfied, on all counts. Try watching this one alone, at night, and you'll experience the sheer terror that only the best fright films can engender.


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