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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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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:
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:
Continuity: In the fight in the swimming pool, everyone falls in with their shoes on. When they are shown underwater, everyone is in their stocking feet. When they come out of the water, they all have their shoes back on again.See more »
Quotes:
Carl Kolchak:This nut thinks he's a vampire!See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
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FAQ

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Why does the vampire steal blood from the hospital?
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17 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
THE Horror Movie of the 70's, 31 December 1998
Author: Gislef from Iowa City, IA

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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