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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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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 | 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

While filming in Las Vegas, producer Dan Curtis was amazed at how oblivious the casino gamblers were to any events going on around them other than gambling. So as a joke one day, actor Barry Atwater (Janos Skorzeny) was asked to walk through the Sahara's casino in full costume and makeup to see if anyone noticed him. He did this for over 40 minutes, and didn't even get a second glance. 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

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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Referenced in Wonderland (2003) 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 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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