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Director:
Writers:
Richard Matheson (written by)
Jeffrey Grant Rice (characters)
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Release Date:
16 January 1973 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A reporter hunts down a 144-year old alchemist who is killing women for their blood. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Kolchak is back in a superior follow-up to The Night Stalker! See more (32 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Darren McGavin ... Carl Kolchak

Jo Ann Pflug ... Louise Harper

Simon Oakland ... Tony Vincenzo
Scott Brady ... Capt. Schubert

Wally Cox ... Mr. Berry

Margaret Hamilton ... Prof. Crabwell

John Carradine ... Llewellyn Crossbinder

Al Lewis ... Tramp
Nina Wayne ... Charisma Beauty
Virginia Peters ... Wilma Krankheimer
Kate Murtagh ... Janie Watkins
Ivor Francis ... Dr. Webb
Diane Shalet ... Joyce Gabriel
Anne Randall ... Policewoman Sheila
Francoise Birnheim ... Restaurant Woman
Regina Parton ... Merissa (Ethel Parker)

Richard Anderson ... Dr. Richard Malcolm
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

George Tobias ... Stacks / Jimmy Stackhaus (scenes deleted)

George DiCenzo ... Underground Tour Guide (uncredited)
Bill McLean ... Charlie the Bartender (uncredited)

Directed by
Dan Curtis 
 
Writing credits
Richard Matheson (written by)

Jeffrey Grant Rice (characters) (as Jeff Rice)

Produced by
Dan Curtis .... producer
Robert Singer .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Bob Cobert  (as Robert Cobert)
 
Cinematography by
Robert B. Hauser (director of photography) (as Robert Hauser)
 
Film Editing by
Folmar Blangsted 
 
Casting by
Hoyt Bowers 
 
Production Design by
Trevor Williams 
 
Set Decoration by
Charles B. Pierce  (as Charles R. Pierce)
 
Makeup Department
Scotty Rackin .... hair stylist
William Tuttle .... makeup artist (as William J. Tuttle)
 
Production Management
Christopher Seitz .... unit production manager (as Christopher H. Seitz)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Christopher Seitz .... assistant director (as Christopher H. Seitz)
 
Art Department
Robert M. Anderson .... property master (as Robert Anderson)
Hendrik Wynands .... construction coordinator (as Hank Wynands)
John Rozman .... leadman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Gary S. Gerlich .... sound effects editor (as Gary Gerlich)
Harold Lewis .... sound mixer
Charles L. Campbell .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
John Kline .... sound editor (uncredited)
Roger Sword .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Ira Anderson Jr. .... special effects (as Ira Anderson)
 
Stunts
Dick Ziker .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Don Johnson .... gaffer
Robert O. Moore .... key grip (as Robert Moore)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
James M. George .... costumer: men (as Jimmy George)
John S. Perry .... costume supervisor (as John Perry)
Barbara Siebert .... costumer: women
 
Editorial Department
Kent Schafer .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Leonard A. Engel .... music editor (as Len Engel)
 
Transportation Department
Norman Honath .... transportation manager (as Norm Honath)
 
Other crew
Betty A. Griffin .... script supervisor (as Betty Abbott Griffin)
Lois Kerst .... production assistant
 
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Runtime:
74 min | USA:90 min (video version)
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Canada:PG (video rating) | Iceland:16 | UK:12 (1998 video re-issue) | USA:Not Rated | USA:TV-PG

Did You Know?

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:
Anachronisms: 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:
Tony Vincenzo:Go to Journalism School, my father said. It's a good, sound, down-to-earth profession.
Carl Kolchak:Don't you want to hear this?
Tony Vincenzo:What I want to do is raise tulips for a living but there's not enough demand.
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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Kolchak is back in a superior follow-up to The Night Stalker!, 10 February 2008
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

The Night Strangler is the follow up to the successful 1972 TV movie 'The Night Stalker'. Aside from featuring similar titles, the films also share similar plot lines, and it could be said that this is something of a remake of the first film with a slightly more in depth story. I won't profess to be a big fan of the first film in the series, although I found it to be a more than decent TV movie and I did enjoy it. This film isn't a big improvement over the first one, although I would say it's an improvement; with a longer running time and a more well thought-out plot, this one delves into it's subject matter more and feels more like a proper movie than a made for TV movie. Darren McGavin once again plays Kolchak; a maverick reporter who this time finds himself in Seattle after being ran out of Las Vegas (probably for annoying everyone with his constant persistence!). Coincidence strikes and pretty soon he's on the trail of yet another vampire! He discovers that every 21 years for over a hundred years, a group of people have been killed within a small time period and thinks the murders are connected.

The thing that stands out most about this film is most definitely the central performance from Darren McGavin. His portrayal of the stubborn reporter is great to watch and always ensures that the film is entertaining. A lot of the film consists of our unlikely hero trying to convince the relevant authorities that his suspicions are fact and them disbelieving them. These scenes are fairly clichéd, although they are fun to watch; and again it's mostly because of McGavin's excellent impersonation of the central character. Since the film is really about the detective on the trail of the vampire, there's not a great deal of actual bloodshed or bloodsucking in the film, although that isn't much of a hindrance because as a thriller it works very well and director Dan Curtis does manage to create several moments of suspense that kick the action up a level. It's always obvious where it's all going, and the ending doesn't come as a surprise; but it's a fun time getting there. This film and the first one were pilots for a TV series and obviously they did the trick because Kolchak was solving more mysteries in his own TV series a year after this film was released.

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