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The Night Strangler (1973)

TV Movie  |  Not Rated  |   |  Crime, Horror, Mystery  |  16 January 1973 (USA)
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A reporter hunts down a 144-year old alchemist who is killing women for their blood.

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Louise Harper
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Scott Brady ...
Capt. Schubert
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Mr. Berry
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Prof. Crabwell
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Llewellyn Crossbinder
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Tramp
Nina Wayne ...
Virginia Peters ...
Wilma Krankheimer
Kate Murtagh ...
Janie Watkins
Ivor Francis ...
Dr. Webb
Diane Shalet ...
Joyce Gabriel
Anne Randall ...
Policewoman Sheila
Francoise Birnheim ...
Restaurant Woman
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Reporter Carl Kolchak is now in Seattle, Washington, trying to solve the mystery of several strangulations that recur every few years where the victims are drained of blood in this second made for TV pilot. Written by Humberto Amador

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16 January 1973 (USA)  »

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The Time Killer  »

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Trivia

At the end of the film Kolchak is telling Vincenzo and Janie Watkins (now both also out of work thanks to him) that he's going to drive them to New York City and that they'll love New York. Director Dan Curtis and screenwriter Richard Matheson had actually planned to do a third Kolchak movie set in NYC. In New York, Kolchak was going to discover that Janos Skorzeny - the vampire from the first film - was not only not dead, but active again! This film was going to complete a planned trilogy of Kolchak movies, entitled The Trilogy of Terror. See more »

Goofs

Researcher Wally Cox traces the Night Strangler all the way back to the 1870s. All of the old news paper headlines report a murder in "Pioneer Square". This name wasn't adopted until 1970 to replace the original name of the neighborhood, "Skid Row". See more »

Quotes

[hearing Kolchak in a bar]
Tony Vincenzo: Take a look around that corner, and see if there isn't someone that looks like he just came from a road company performance of "The Front Page."
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Followed by Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974) See more »

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Grand Horror With a Comedic Twist

Part of the success of The Night Stalker and this its sequel has to be the ever-present humour created throughout the script in the character of Carl Kolchak. He is a character that is as stubborn as ever andone that despite his need/desire for a story shows more humanity and ethical standards than the system which continually steps on him. He is at one point a caricature...sneakers and the same suit and the same straw hat....and yet possesses common sense, intelligence and wit. These contradictions in character often provide a lot of comedic relief in the Night Stalker/Strangler movies and the television series as well. No one better understands this than Darren McGavin who essays the role of the obstinate reporter. Each of his performances is a real treat. And although I have been genuinely frightened by these films and the series...many of my fondest memories are about the funny things..the character traits(and outfit) of Kolchak, the discussions between Kolchak and super veteran character actor Simon Oakland(his boss), the situations Kolchak faces out of lack of care, and so on. In many ways The Night Strangler is a better film that the first one...perhaps not as scary..but better written and acted. Great character actors abound with the likes of Al Lewis, Margaret Hamilton, Wally Cox, and John Carradine. The story this time deals with the secret of a man who kills young women for their blood...a need he must satisfy every few years. He lives in a city below a city...and the shots of this subterranean polis are visually striking. Great story, great acting, wonderful sets, and lots of scary moments and funny ones make this a triumph of the small screen.


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