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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 »
User Reviews:
One hell of a follow-up to THE NIGHT STALKER and perhaps even scarier! 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

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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:
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:
Carl Kolchak:I just saw your "so-called killer" wipe up the street with your so-called police force!See more »
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FAQ

How does Louise Harper describe Prof. Crabwell to Kolcak?
Who is the second victim?
What happened to the fourth victim?
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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
One hell of a follow-up to THE NIGHT STALKER and perhaps even scarier!, 7 November 1998
Author: from North Bergen, NJ

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.

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