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The Night Stalker (1972)

Not Rated | | Horror, Mystery | TV Movie 11 January 1972
An abrasive Las Vegas newspaper reporter investigates a series of murders committed by a vampire.

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(teleplay), (story) (as Jeff Rice)
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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
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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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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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 the vampire is running away from the hospital, you can see a stunt man come to the aid of the motorcycle driver who lays down his bike. The stuntman is the same one who was fighting with Janos Skorzeny (the vampire) and was thrown out of the window. See more »

Quotes

Gail Foster: [is woken by Carl] Ohhhh, I'm sorry. I guess I fell asleep.
Carl Kolchak: Yes.
Gail Foster: What were you saying?
Carl Kolchak: You do great things for my masculine ego, you know?
Gail Foster: Yeah.
Carl Kolchak: Actually, I was saying that I think Vincenzo has the news sense of a tree stump.
[starts getting excited]
Carl Kolchak: It's got to be one man. It's got to be. Big, strong, psychotic.
Gail Foster: You're certainly making me very glad that I work nights.
Carl Kolchak: Well, I told you to quit working nights, didn't I?
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Connections

Followed by The Night Strangler (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Manhattan
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Performed by Darren McGavin
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User Reviews

 
THE Horror Movie of the 70's
31 December 1998 | by (Iowa City, IA) – See all my reviews

And it took a TV movie to achieve this feat. But there's no denying the powerful intersection of screen writer Richard Matheson, producer Dan Curtis, and Darren McGavin in perhaps his best role (after A Christmas Story). Ably assisted by Jeff Rice's original novel, Night Stalker works on every level. The humor is there, but a bit subdued. The vampire is a feral beast who is strong, invulnerable, and drinks blood...and that's it. No lame transformations into a bat: The script's portrayal of Skorzeny the Vampire echoes that of Christopher Lee (Hammer also resisted displaying much of Dracula's superhuman abilities).

Skorzeny has none of the sexuality or personality of Dracula, but in a sense the movie isn't about him even if he's the "Stalker" of the title. It's a movie about Carl Kolchak, reporter and undeterred seeker of truth. He could be stalking a story about corrupt politicians, or mobsters, or whatever. The only difference is here, he's after a vampire. This extra supernatural element rises it above what few dramatic reporter-featured movies there are out there.


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