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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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A Classic Modern Vampire Story You Can Sink Your Teeth Into! See more (60 total) »

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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74 min
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Canada:PG (video rating) | Iceland:16 | UK:PG (1998 video re-issue) | USA:Not Rated | USA:TV-PG
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Trivia:
In the scene where he is exploring Skorzeny's house, Kolchak opens up a refrigerator and finds one of the bottles of blood stolen from the hospital. The bottle is labeled, "Richards, Benjamin". This appears to be a leftover prop from "The Immortal: Pilot (#1.0)" (1969), a TV-movie (later a series, "The Immortal" (1969)) about a man named Ben Richards whose blood makes him immune to aging and disease.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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:
[about his vampire story]
Carl Kolchak:Judge for yourself its believability and then try to tell yourself, wherever you may be, it couldn't happen here.
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FAQ

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13 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
A Classic Modern Vampire Story You Can Sink Your Teeth Into!, 23 April 2003
Author: tom sawyer (sawyert2003@yahoo.com) from Waterford, Michigan

At one point in the 1970's ABC movie of the week was the king of television movies. The Night Stalker was one of those reason why movie of the week reigned supreme. This along with movies like Duel and Don't Be Afraid of the Dark and others I can't think of off hand were the reason. The Night Stalker is probably the best of these movies. It was a good story, with a very good and experienced cast of actors. While many were character actors and second bananas, they played their roles well.All of the actors were believable in their roles.The movie was believable and the vampire element was kept simple with little or no special effects.It was not needed. I will grant some of the criticisms about how a middle-aged reporter like Kolchak was able to battle the vampire whereas the police had trouble have merit.However, this doesn't take away from the story. Remember, Kolchak was the only one armed to fight a vampire in the first place.Also, remember it was a made for t.v. movie and plus do you really think Peter Cushing could match Christopher Lee evenly in all of the Hammer Dracula movies, I mean there was a size and strength difference there too. Suspend your belief just a little.The movie was perfect for the times, towards the end of Vietnam and right before Watergate when we were skeptical of everything. This is one of the very few movies from the 70's that I remember fondly.The ending was perfect for the times as well. The Night Stalker as both a story and a movie has to rank in the top ten vampire movies bar none. This is a vampire classic that you can sink your teeth into with great satisfaction!

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