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Release Date:
11 January 1972 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
An abrasive Las Vegas newspaper reporter investigates a series of murders committed by a vampire. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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User Reviews:
A television movie with bite. See more (61 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)

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:
At the time of its original airing, it was the most widely viewed TV movie, with a 33.2 rating and a 54 share.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: Shadow when the girl's body is discovered in the middle of a large sandy area.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. Robert Makurji:[referring to Kolchak's theory about the murders] Mr. Paine, I shouldn't be so inclined to reject Mr. Kolchak's theory out of hand if I were you. It is at best highly speculative, but not altogether unwarranted.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Angel: Awakening (#4.10)" (2003)See more »
Soundtrack:
ManhattanSee more »

FAQ

Who is Ben Hecht?
Why does the vampire steal blood from the hospital?
How many times has Kolchak been fired from newspaper jobs?
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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
A television movie with bite., 3 September 2004
Author: david-697 from Stockton, England

Long a staple of late night television schedules, `The Night Stalker', is a memorable slice of ‘seventies horror. Darren McGavin is fantastic as Carl Kolchak, an eccentric, down at heel reporter covering a series of murders which are not what they seem. He is backed by a fine cast of familiar faces who help reinforce genre veteran Matheson's quality script and the atmospheric direction of John Llewellyn Moxley, which hides the made for television origins of this movie.

If this has a weak spot, it lies in the ‘bad guy', who is basically all teeth and snarls. Lacking character (and plainly odd) it's surprising that he wasn't spotted long before he arrived in Las Vegas (incidentally, the location adds a certain charm to the story).

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