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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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Grand Horror With a Comedic Twist 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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Color:
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:
Dr. Richard Malcolm:What's a few lives compared to immortality, Mr. Kolchak?See more »
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15 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Grand Horror With a Comedic Twist, 15 July 2000

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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