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The Night Stalker (1972)

Not Rated | | Horror, Mystery | TV Movie 11 January 1972
An abrasive Las Vegas newspaper reporter investigates a series of murders committed by a vampire.

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(teleplay), (story) (as Jeff Rice)
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Complete credited cast:
... Carl Kolchak
... Gail Foster
... Vincenzo
... Bernie Jenks
... Sheriff Butcher
... Chief Masterson
... D.A. Paine
... Mickey Crawford
... Fred Hurley
... Makurji
... Dr. O'Brien
... Janos Skorzeny
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Storyline

Carl Kolchak is a newspaper reporter with an abrasive personality that has gotten him fired ten times from various big-city papers. Now he's reduced to reporting for a relatively small-time paper in Las Vegas. It's here he gets the story of his life. But will the local sheriff, or the D.A., or even his own boss, let him print it? He has an ally in the FBI agent brought in to investigate this strange case. It seems someone is biting the necks of young girls and draining their blood. Can this killer with supernormal powers really be a 70-year-old Romanian millionaire? Can he really be a vampire? And can an aging reporter do anything to stop him? Written by J. Spurlin

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Horror | Mystery

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11 January 1972 (USA)  »

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The Kolchak Papers  »

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$450,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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The original script by Richard Matheson called for Carl Kolchak to be dressed in Bermuda shorts and wearing an Aloha shirt. Actor Darren McGavin said, "That doesn't sound like anyone I know," and elected to use a different wardrobe. While reading up on the character, McGavin noted that Kolchak had been fired from a New York newspaper years before, and thought, "That's it! He hasn't bought a new suit since!" So, Kolchak appeared in a circa 1950s suit. See more »

Goofs

The police radio (just before the fight in the swimming pool) describes the suspect's vehicle as a green station wagon. But when he's intercepted by the police, the station wagon is blue. See more »

Quotes

[about his vampire story]
Carl Kolchak: Judge for yourself its believability and then try to tell yourself, wherever you may be, it couldn't happen here.
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Referenced in Wonderland (2003) See more »

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Manhattan
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Performed by Darren McGavin
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STILL scary...
29 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

Richard Matheson has scripted some of the finest fantasy to ever grace the screen (big and small) and this one, based on the then-unpublished novel by Jeff Rice, took us all by surprise in 1972. I remember the feeling of unease that crept over me as the tale unfolded that night so long ago. I remember a pale man dressed in black, robbing bloodbanks, and the not-so-heroic reporter who dogged his trail, determined to find the truth of the matter, no matter what the cost. I was mesmerised. And greatly satisfied, on all counts. Try watching this one alone, at night, and you'll experience the sheer terror that only the best fright films can engender.


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