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The Night Strangler (1973)

Not Rated | | Crime, Horror, Mystery | TV Movie 16 January 1973
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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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
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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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140 years ago he began to kill, rising from the caverns beneath the city to claim his victims. Every 20 years he must kill...to live. See more »


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16 January 1973 (USA)  »

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'Darren McGavin' and 'Richard Anderson' are two of the more familiar faces from 1970s TV and both played Steve Austin's handler in the Six Million Dollar Man. McGavin co-starred in the original pilot movie as Oliver Spencer. Richard Anderson went on to star as the straight-laced Oscar Goldman in the TV series. See more »

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

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Superior sequel.
3 September 2004 | by (Stockton, England) – See all my reviews

Relocated to Seattle, reporter Kolchak stumbles on yet another series of murders, a series which seems to be repeated every twenty-one years. Of the two movies, `The Night Strangler' has the slight edge. This is possibly down to its location, Seattle. Very unfamiliar to me, it adds certain freshness to the story, while the underground ‘old' Seattle is a fantastic location, macabre and memorable; it sticks in my mind long after watching the movie. The candle lit, cob-webbed corpses are perhaps one of the most vivid images in American genre television.

Also of note is Richard Anderson's villain, a crazed, immortality seeking Doctor, he is far more impressive than the original's vampire. A more assured script (which is genuinely funny in places), plus some enjoyable cameo's (Carradine, Hamilton), help make this a rare sequel which is better than the original.

Sadly, plans for a third movie were abandoned and instead a short-lived, inferior television series (without Matheson's involvement) resulted. A patchy effort, despite McGavin's best efforts it never attained the quality of the two movies.


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