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Release Date:
11 January 1972 (USA) See more »
An abrasive Las Vegas newspaper reporter investigates a series of murders committed by a vampire. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Darren McGavin ... Carl Kolchak

Carol Lynley ... Gail Foster

Simon Oakland ... Vincenzo

Ralph Meeker ... Bernie Jenks

Claude Akins ... Sheriff Butcher

Charles McGraw ... Chief Masterson
Kent Smith ... D.A. Paine

Elisha Cook Jr. ... Mickey Crawford

Stanley Adams ... Fred Hurley

Larry Linville ... Makurji

Jordan Rhodes ... Dr. O'Brien
Barry Atwater ... Janos Skorzeny
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edward Faulkner ... Las Vegas Policeman (uncredited)

Virginia Gregg ... Mrs. Brandon (uncredited)

Buddy Joe Hooker ... Intern (uncredited)

Directed by
John Llewellyn Moxey 
Writing credits
Richard Matheson (teleplay)

Jeffrey Grant Rice (story) (as Jeff Rice)

Max Hodge  uncredited

Produced by
Dan Curtis .... producer
Original Music by
Bob Cobert  (as Robert Cobert)
Cinematography by
Michel Hugo (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Desmond Marquette 
Casting by
Hoyt Bowers 
Art Direction by
Trevor Williams 
Set Decoration by
Fred Price  (as Fred R. Price)
Makeup Department
Gae Clark Butler .... hair stylist (as Gae J. Clark)
Jerry Cash .... makeup artist
Production Management
Neil T. Maffeo .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Christopher Seitz .... assistant director (as Christopher H. Seitz)
Art Department
Robert M. Anderson .... property master
Hendrik Wynands .... construction coordinator (as Hendrik G. Wynands)
Sound Department
Harold Lewis .... sound mixer
Charles L. Campbell .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
Roger Sword .... sound editor (uncredited)
Dick Ziker .... stunt coordinator
Eddie Hice .... stunts (uncredited)
Hal Needham .... stunts (uncredited)
Ronnie Rondell Jr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Lloyd Isbell .... key grip
Ralph McCarthy .... gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Betsy Cox .... costumer: women
John S. Perry .... costumer: men
Editorial Department
Mike Crumplar .... assistant editor
Music Department
Frank Kulaga .... music recordist (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Mario Simon .... transportation co-captain (uncredited)
Other crew
Lily La Cava .... script supervisor
Robert Singer .... assistant: producer
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
74 min
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Canada:PG (video rating) | Iceland:16 | UK:PG (1998 video re-issue) | USA:Not Rated | USA:TV-PG
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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 »
Crew or equipment visible: Shadow when the girl's body is discovered in the middle of a large sandy area.See more »
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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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
STILL scary..., 29 March 2002
Author: poe426 from USA

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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