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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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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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Actor Barry Atwater was given red contact lenses for his role as vampire Janos Skorzeny. After wearing them for long periods his eyes became very sensitive - as a result, he did not need the contact lenses to make his eyes look red in later scenes.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: Shadow when the girl's body is discovered in the middle of a large sandy area.See more »
District Attorney Tom Paine:[after a disastrously failed capture attempt of Skorzeny] Well, what are we gonna do?
Carl Kolchak:[from the back of the room] *Now* are you willing to listen to my insane ideas?
Sheriff Warren A. Butcher:[angrily] Kolchak, get out of here!
District Attorney Tom Paine:Warren, hold it, hold it! Kolchak, you were there, weren't you?
Carl Kolchak:Yes.
District Attorney Tom Paine:Every man we've questioned insists not only that Skorzeny was possessed of incredible strength, but that he was shot more than once during the capture attempt.
Carl Kolchak:[sarcastically] Oh, I'd say thirty or forty times.
Police Chief Ed Masterson:I'm sorry, I'm not buying that.
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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Creepy vampire film., 18 August 2008
Author: HumanoidOfFlesh from Chyby, Poland

Las Vegas is a town where the unusual is considered normal.However when former top reporter Carl Kolchak played by Darren McGavin meets with police reluctance while covering the murder of a showgirl his curiosity is aroused.Suddenly there is a series of murders apparently committed by the vampire killer.The closer Kolchak gets to the truth the less he is able to reveal and the more frightened he becomes."The Night Stalker" is a taut and suspenseful mix of vampire horror and comedy.The cast is superb with McGavin playing Kolchak like a 1940s' reporter who has emerged from a time capsule into the 1970s.The portrayal of vampire Skorzeny is positively bone-chilling.I'm not deeply into made for TV horror,but "The Night Stalker" is very good.

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