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The Night Flier (1997)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie Entwisle ...
Katherine Blair
Merton Morrison
Michael H. Moss ...
Dwight Renfield
John Bennes ...
Ezra Hannon
Beverly Skinner ...
Selida McCamon
Rob Wilds ...
Buck Kendall
Claire Bowie (as Richard Olsen)
Elizabeth McCormick ...
Ellen Sarch
Terminal Cop #1
Robert Leon Casey ...
Terminal Cop #2 (as Bob Casey)
Ashton Stewart ...
Nate Wilson
William Neely ...
Ray Sarch
Windy Wenderlich ...
Henry Gates


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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Release Date:

6 February 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Stephen King's The Night Flier  »

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Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

ITL 330,934,000 (Italy) (2 May 1997)


$91,549 (USA) (6 February 1998)

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One of the Best Vampire Flicks I Have Seen in a While
13 September 1998 | by (Boxborough, MA, USA) – See all my reviews

Before I saw this movie, I didn't know what to expect. My opinion had been that all Stephen King adaptations for the big screen had been pretty bad (with the few exceptions like 'Misery', 'Christine', and 'The Shining')... but, the ones adapted for the small screen were usually pretty good (go figure). But, 'The Night Flier' was something a little different... it was made for direct-to-video. I guess this gave them the ability to make it bloody and gory (unlike made-for-TV movies) and it didn't have to be mainstream (like the big screen adaptations).

The movie, I thought, had very few cliches in it. Every time one appears to pop up, the director and writer change it just enough to make it interesting.

Don't get me wrong, this movie isn't perfect, far from it. For one thing, the whole "vampire flying a plane" thing seems kinda stupid, but it's easy to overlook. Also, the creature is a little cheesy, but that can also be overlooked.

What can't, and shouldn't, be overlooked is the terrific performance given by Miguel Ferrer (who I also thought was excellent in 'The Stand'). He gave a great performance, and whenever it was over-the-top, it was deliciously over the top.

One last thing, the ending's great. You'll look back on it a couple of days after you saw the movie and go, "Wow... what a cool ending." Heck, I still say that.

So, in conclusion, anyone in Hollywood who wants to adapt a Stephen King novel, novella, or story into a movie, watch the made-for-TV and made-for -video movies, and then take some notes. You're movies will much more enjoyable!

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