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

  (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)
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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)
 
Stunts
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
 
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Runtime:
74 min
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Canada:PG (video rating) | Iceland:16 | UK:PG (1998 video re-issue) | USA:Not Rated | USA:TV-PG
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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 »
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Crew or equipment visible: When the body is discovered at the construction site, the shadow of the camera is visible, and the shadow of the cameraman's fingers can be seen moving.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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Why does the vampire steal blood from the hospital?
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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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