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The Night Stalker (1972)

An abrasive Las Vegas newspaper reporter investigates a series of murders committed by a vampire.

Writers:

Richard Matheson (teleplay), Jeffrey Grant Rice (story) (as Jeff Rice)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Darren McGavin ... Carl Kolchak
Carol Lynley ... Gail Foster
Simon Oakland ... Vincenzo
Ralph Meeker ... Bernie Jenks
Claude Akins ... Sheriff Butcher
Charles McGraw ... Chief Masterson
Kent Smith ... D.A. Paine
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Mickey Crawford
Stanley Adams ... Fred Hurley
Larry Linville ... Makurji
Jordan Rhodes ... Dr. O'Brien
Barry Atwater ... 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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Genres:

Horror | Mystery

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 January 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Kolchak Papers See more »

Filming Locations:

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA See more »

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Budget:

$450,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The role of Skorzeny was intended for Robert Quarry but he was forced to decline due to his contract with AIP. See more »

Goofs

In the fight in the swimming pool, everyone falls in with their shoes on. When they are shown underwater, everyone is in their stocking feet. When they come out of the water, they all have their shoes back on again. See more »

Quotes

District Attorney Tom Paine: [after a disastrously failed capture attempt of Skorzeny] Well, what are we gonna do?
Carl Kolchak: [from the back of the room] *Now* are you willing to listen to my insane ideas?
Sheriff Warren A. Butcher: [angrily] Kolchak, get out of here!
District Attorney Tom Paine: Warren, hold it, hold it! Kolchak, you were there, weren't you?
Carl Kolchak: Yes.
District Attorney Tom Paine: Every man we've questioned insists not only that Skorzeny was possessed of incredible strength, but that he was shot more than once during the capture attempt.
Carl Kolchak: [sarcastically] Oh, I'd say thirty or forty times.
Police Chief Ed Masterson: I'm sorry, I'm not ...
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Soundtracks

Manhattan
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Performed by Darren McGavin
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STILL scary...
29 March 2002 | by poe426See 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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