MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 1,108 this week

The Night Strangler (1973)

TV Movie  -   -  Crime | Horror | Mystery  -  16 January 1973 (USA)
7.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.6/10 from 1,325 users  
Reviews: 32 user | 24 critic

A reporter hunts down a 144-year old alchemist who is killing women for their blood.

Director:

Writers:

, (characters)
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 40 titles
created 14 Jun 2011
 
a list of 177 titles
created 19 Jul 2012
 
a list of 2237 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 378 titles
created 8 months ago
 
a list of 48 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Night Strangler (TV Movie 1973)

The Night Strangler (TV Movie 1973) on IMDb 7.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Night Strangler.

User Polls

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Night Stalker (TV Movie 1972)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

An abrasive Las Vegas newspaper reporter investigates a series of murders committed by a vampire.

Director: John Llewellyn Moxey
Stars: Darren McGavin, Carol Lynley, Simon Oakland
Night Stalker (TV Series 2005)
Crime | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Kolchak and his partner, Perri, investigate his wife's mysterious murder and end up uncovering something much more disturbing...

Stars: Stuart Townsend, Gabrielle Union, Eric Jungmann
Dead of Night (TV Movie 1977)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

This anthology tells three stories: a man buys a car that takes him back and forth through time; a tale of vampires; and a distraught mother asks for her drowned son to come back to life ... See full summary »

Director: Dan Curtis
Stars: Ed Begley Jr., E.J. André, Ann Doran
Scream of the Wolf (TV Movie 1974)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A big-game hunter comes out of retirement to help track down a killer wolf, and begins to suspect that it isn't a wolf but an animal that can take human form.

Director: Dan Curtis
Stars: Peter Graves, Clint Walker, Jo Ann Pflug
Curse of the Black Widow (TV Movie 1977)
Crime | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Tony Franciosa plays a detective who's on the trail of a murderer whose mutilated and predominantly male victims are found encased in silken cocoons. He eventually tracks the killer's path ... See full summary »

Director: Dan Curtis
Stars: Anthony Franciosa, Donna Mills, Patty Duke
The Turn of the Screw (TV Movie 1974)
Horror | Thriller | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

An English governess is hired to take care of two adorable orphans, who turn out to be not exactly what they seem to be.

Director: Dan Curtis
Stars: John Barron, Eva Griffith, Jasper Jacob
Comedy | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

A newspaper reporter investigates strange supernatural occurrences in Chicago.

Stars: Darren McGavin, Simon Oakland, Jack Grinnage
Trilogy of Terror (TV Movie 1975)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Three bizarre horror stories all of which star Karen Black in four different roles playing tormented women.

Director: Dan Curtis
Stars: Karen Black, Robert Burton, John Karlen
Nightstalker (Video 2009)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1.9/10 X  

Inspired by the true story of the most publicized and deranged serial killer known to everyone as "The Night Stalker." He stalked and killed relentlessly, keeping the cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles terrified.

Director: Ulli Lommel
Stars: Adolph Cortez, Elissa Dowling, Victoria Ullmann
Trilogy of Terror II (TV Movie 1996)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Three tales of terror: in "The Graveyard Rats" lovers murder the woman's older husband and encounter horror when they attempt to rob his grave; "Bobby" is the story of a woman who summons ... See full summary »

Director: Dan Curtis
Stars: Lysette Anthony, Geraint Wyn Davies, Matt Clark
Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

After her murder, Diana Bernard's spirit becomes trapped in Carol Enders, so she can expose her murderer.

Directors: Burt Brinckerhoff, Dan Curtis
Stars: Charles Aidman, Meredith Baxter, Christopher Connelly
Crackle of Death (TV Movie 1974)
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Reporter Carl Kolchak investigates a ghostly arsonist and an Indian spirit haunting a hospital.

Directors: Alexander Grasshoff, Don Weis
Stars: Darren McGavin, Simon Oakland, William Smith
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Louise Harper
...
Scott Brady ...
Capt. Schubert
...
Mr. Berry
...
Prof. Crabwell
...
Llewellyn Crossbinder
...
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
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

16 January 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Time Killer  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (video)

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Beyond the 90-minute version, there was additional footage filmed featuring George Tobias as Jimmy "Stacks" Stackhaus, a reporter who had reported on the previous series of "Strangler" murders in the 1930's. In that footage, Kolchak tracks down the veteran reporter and speaks with him about the murders. 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

Crossbinder: Get this straight, Mr. Kolchak. No carnival or hoopla tactics on this paper. This isn't Fun Town, USA. This is Seattle.
See more »

Connections

Featured in Svengoolie: The Night Strangler (1996) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

One hell of a follow-up to THE NIGHT STALKER and perhaps even scarier!
7 November 1998 | by (North Bergen, NJ) – See all my reviews

After an estimated 75,000,000 viewers tuned in to ABC-TV on Tuesday, January 11, 1972, television history was made. That night, one-third of America was transfixed to its TV sets as the tale of an intrepid, hard-nosed reporter named Carl Kolchak pursued an elusive modern-day vampire across Las Vegas before dispatching the bloodsucker with an inevitable stake-through-the-heart. At the time, THE NIGHT STALKER, an ABC Circle Film, became the most watched television program in the history of the medium, which enticed the ABC brass to quickly reassemble key players of the telefilm (actor Darren McGavin, producer Dan Curtis, and writer Richard Matheson) to lay plans for its sequel.

Thus, THE NIGHT STRANGLER hit the airwaves a year after its popular predecessor. The talented Darren McGavin reprises his role as Kolchak, the tenacious newsman in trademark straw porkpie hat and rumply seersucker suit, who arrives in Seattle, meets up with his cantankerous former editor Tony Vincenzo, and lands another unearthly assignment. This time around, the locum tenens of the vampire is an immortal alchemist named Dr. Richard Malcolm, an ex-Civil War physician who gains superhuman strength and avoids death by concocting an elixir of life, a substance whose main ingredient is human blood! Every 21 years since the end of the Civil War, Malcolm returns to the Seattle streets to procure blood from the bases of strangled women's skulls. But Kolchak manages to locate the undead medico's lair in Old Seattle's underground ruins and foils the creature's attempts at another 21 years of dormancy. Again, local authorities ice his chances at publishing his macabre story and the hapless reporter becomes footloose once more.

Like THE NIGHT STALKER, THE NIGHT STRANGLER is a bone-chilling tale that blends gritty detective drama with a touch of the supernatural. Fast-paced plot, nail-biting suspense, and above-average dialogue highlight this sequel, which rivals the original telefilm for originality and overall quality. Contrary to popular opinion, THE NIGHT STALKER and THE NIGHT STRANGLER are much better TV fare than any episode of the much-overrated Kolchak rip-off THE X-FILES, and these telefilms serve to remind viewers that TV has indeed produced some outstanding programs, programs which mark the halcyon days of the medium.


11 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Better than the first one baretta
Duh, how come???? Cabbagetown
Kolchak: The Night Stalkers DVD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!! charlessykwalk63
Cool Seattle Underground site jkelley-13
STARTING OCTOBER 3rd. charmedwon666
Discuss The Night Strangler (1973) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?