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The Night Flier (1997)

A reporter is on the trail of a vampiric murderer who travels by plane.

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Two investigative reporters for a tabloid magazine track down across country "The Night Flier", a serial killer who travels by private plane stalking victims in rural airports. One of the reporters, Richard Dees, begins to suspect that "the Night Flier could perhaps be a vampire". Written by Humberto Amador

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Fly the deadly skies. See more »


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Rated R for horror violence, gore and strong language | See all certifications »

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6 February 1998 (USA)  »

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Stephen King's The Night Flier  »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

ITL 330,934,000 (Italy), 2 May 1997

Opening Weekend USA:

$91,549, 8 February 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$125,397
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Though shot for a theatrical release, it premiered on HBO three months before its eventual theatrical run. See more »

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Richard is leaving a small rural airport when he swerves to avoid hitting an oncoming car. As he does this you hear the squealing tires but he is driving on a dirt road. See more »

Quotes

Richard Dees: Never believe what you publish, and never publish what you believe
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References The Lawnmower Man (1992) See more »

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Til My Head Explodes
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Written by Marydee Reynolds
Published by White Rhino Music (BMI) / Jai Ebon Songs (BMI)
Courtesy of Wax Trax! Records / TVT Records
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One BIG fang. Multiple gory bite-marks.
10 February 2006 | by See all my reviews

You can say what you want about Stephen King-movies, but there's always just enough talent and budget involved to not make 'em look cheap. In THE NIGHT FLIER this talent mostly comes from actor Miguel Ferrer and SFX-artists Kurtzman, Nicotero & Berger. Ferrer is an often overlooked actor who most of the time only gets supporting rolls. But he'll always be edged in my memory as go-getter Bob Morton in Paul Verhoeven's ROBOCOP. Now he gets the chance to star in the leading roll in THE NIGHT FLIER, and he proves that he can carry a film. He was just perfect as the arrogant sleaze-reporter Richard Dees.

There's a mysterious figure flying in a black airplane and landing on small airports at night. He leaves behind him a trail of mutilated, blood-drained corpses. Richard Dees, reporter for the cheese & sleaze magazine "Inside View", is put on the case. So he gets in his airplane and starts following the same route as the vampiric murderer. Meantime, a rival reporter (the rookie Katherine Blair) is also assigned to write a story about it...

The plot is nothing too complicated, but it's built up nicely and even manages to be a bit scary from time to time. It all leads to the enjoyable final scenes at the last airport. The vampire is mostly kept in the dark throughout the movie, which helps to build-up a little tension. But don't worry, you'll be satisfied when you see it's ugly scary face in the end. Which brings us to the work of our beloved KNB-crew. The special make-up-effects are very decent and quite gory too. And I also liked the fact that the vampire is able to mess with peoples minds.

Okay, there are some improbabilities concerning some events in the plot, but lets not make a big deal out of it. Just take it as it is: It's a decent Stephen King-adaptation and a good vampire-movie, nothing more nothing less. So switch off the lights and fly with it.


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