7.6/10
2,126
44 user 31 critic

The Night Strangler (1973)

A reporter hunts down a 144-year old alchemist who is killing women for their blood.

Director:

Dan Curtis

Writers:

Richard Matheson, Jeffrey Grant Rice ("The Night Strangler" based on some characters created by) (as Jeff Rice)
Reviews
Popularity
4,841 ( 1,183)

On Disc

at Amazon

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

The Night Stalker (TV Movie 1972)
Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

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

Director: John Llewellyn Moxey
Stars: Darren McGavin, Carol Lynley, Simon Oakland
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

A newspaper reporter investigates strange supernatural occurrences in Chicago.

Stars: Darren McGavin, Simon Oakland, Jack Grinnage
Trilogy of Terror (TV Movie 1975)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Three bizarre horror stories all of which star Karen Black in four different roles playing tormented women.

Director: Dan Curtis
Stars: Karen Black, Robert Burton, John Karlen
The Norliss Tapes (TV Movie 1973)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

An investigative reporter stumbles onto an artist that has made a pact to come back after his death to sculpt a statue of a demon using human blood and clay. Once the demon is awakened he will be granted immortality.

Director: Dan Curtis
Stars: Roy Thinnes, Don Porter, Angie Dickinson
Night Stalker (TV Series 2005)
Crime | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Investigative reporter Carl Kolchak, who's after his wife's killer, Carl's partners Perri Reed and Jain McManus and their boss Tony Vincenzo investigate strange crimes in L.A. that may or may not have dark supernatural elements to them.

Stars: Stuart Townsend, Gabrielle Union, Eric Jungmann
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In 1916, a shadowy serial killer is targeting women with "afflictions"; one night during a thunderstorm, the mute Helen feels menaced.

Director: Robert Siodmak
Stars: Dorothy McGuire, George Brent, Ethel Barrymore
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (TV Movie 1973)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A young couple inherits an old mansion inhabited by small demon-like creatures who are determined to make the wife one of their own.

Director: John Newland
Stars: Kim Darby, Jim Hutton, Barbara Anderson
Trilogy of Terror II (TV Movie 1996)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Three short tales of terror including: woman's encounter when attempting to rob a grave; the story of a woman who summons her son back from the dead; and tale of an African doll who comes to life.

Director: Dan Curtis
Stars: Lysette Anthony, Geraint Wyn Davies, Matt Clark
Night Gallery (1969–1973)
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Rod Serling presents tales of horror illustrated in various paintings.

Stars: Rod Serling, Larry Watson, Joanna Pettet
Dead of Night (TV Movie 1977)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

This anthology tells three stories: one of time travel, one of vampires, and one of a mother wishing her drowned son back to life.

Director: Dan Curtis
Stars: Ed Begley Jr., E.J. André, Ann Doran
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Terrified of being buried alive by mistake, a woman puts a phone in her crypt to be able to call home if she needs help. She dies and nothing happens. One day, the phone suddenly rings. Paranormal investigator Nelson Orion is brought in.

Director: Joseph Stefano
Stars: Martin Landau, Judith Anderson, Diane Baker
Scream of the Wolf (TV Movie 1974)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A big-game hunter comes out of retirement to help track down a killer wolf, and begins to suspect that it isn't a wolf but an animal that can take human form.

Director: Dan Curtis
Stars: Peter Graves, Clint Walker, Jo Ann Pflug
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Darren McGavin ... Carl Kolchak (as Darren Mc Gavin)
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 Nina Wayne ... Charisma Beauty
Virginia Peters Virginia Peters ... Wilma Krankheimer
Kate Murtagh ... Janie Watkins
Ivor Francis ... Dr. Webb
Diane Shalet Diane Shalet ... Joyce Gabriel
Anne Randall ... Policewoman Sheila
Francoise Birnheim Francoise Birnheim ... Restaurant Woman
Edit

Storyline

Reporter Carl Kolchak is now in Seattle, Washington, trying to solve the mystery of several strangulations that recur every few years where the victims are drained of blood in this second made for TV pilot. Written by Humberto Amador

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

140 years ago he began to kill, rising from the caverns beneath the city to claim his victims. Every 20 years he must kill...to live. See more »


Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Time Killer See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

ABC Circle Films See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (video)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System) (uncredited)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Beyond the 90-minute version, there was additional footage filmed featuring George Tobias as Jimmy "Stacks" Stackhaus, a reporter who had reported on the previous series of "Strangler" murders in the 1930's. In that footage, Kolchak tracks down the veteran reporter and speaks with him about the murders. See more »

Goofs

Several of the articles shown in the archive files of the "Seattle Daily Chronicle" clearly have the headline pasted over genuine newspaper pages by the art department; this is especially noticeable on the edition from [Tuesday] 27th March 1952 headed "WOMAN STRANGLED IN PIONEER SQUARE", which is peeling away. See more »

Quotes

Crossbinder: Get this straight, Mr. Kolchak. No carnival or hoopla tactics on this paper. This isn't Fun Town, USA. This is Seattle.
See more »

Alternate Versions

There is a 90-minute version, which features additional footage with Al Lewis, Kate Murtagh, George DiCenzo, and Margaret Hamilton which was cut for the original TV release. This 90-minute version is the one typically released in syndication to fill the standard 2-hour movie slot. See more »

Connections

References The Front Page (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

My Blue Heaven
(uncredited)
Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics by George Whiting
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
The Night Strangler
11 July 2006 | by drakelewisSee all my reviews

I have been a fan since I read the first Rice book, and have stayed with it even up to the new series. I have all the DVDs and several on VHS in my collection. The character (Carl) has both inspired my real life and my own fiction, and will do so long after I'm gone. No matter what The Night Stalker in whatever form he resides should never be forgotten. I'm personally waiting for a novel version of The Night Killers. After watching the original TV movie and saw the next one was going to appear I nearly died waiting to see it hit the screen. Much to my delight it was as grand as the first. When the TV series hit the air waves I was just as please. Especially with the follow up story to the first TV movie. I would have loved to have seen more stories based upon that story line. Even this story line in The Night Strangler would have been worked. I was really burnt when the series was canceled, and even wrote letters of protest. Whenever the shows show up on scifi or anywhere I tune in. I never get tired of the saga and often feel for Carl and his struggles. The new series was interesting in it's own way, but not the same Carl of the original shows. Unfortunately it to was canceled, and now I have to wait for the next installment. Let's hope someone out there in Hollyworld sees the true merit and does a new version that measures up.


4 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 44 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed