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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)
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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
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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

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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:

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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 »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (video)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System) (uncredited)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Owing to the relatively small space it occupies, the Seattle Underground network seen in the film was shot, not on the genuine downtown Pioneer Square location, but on a Universal soundstage, plus LA's Bradbury Building. See more »

Goofs

Researcher Wally Cox traces the Night Strangler all the way back to the 1870s. All of the old news paper headlines report a murder in "Pioneer Square". This name wasn't adopted until 1970 to replace the original name of the neighborhood, "Skid Row". 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.
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Connections

References The Front Page (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

My Blue Heaven
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Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics by George Whiting
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Better than the Original
31 December 1998 | by GislefSee all my reviews

It's a toss-up, but Night Strangler is actually a better movie than the original Night Stalker it derives from. The characters are a lot more fleshed out in this one, while none of the horror is left to slide. There is an incredible range of performance from Simon Oakland, John Carradine, Wally Cox, and particularly Richard Anderson as the alchemist/murderer. There's humanity, pathos, horror, and comedy all mixed up in this one. The original is maybe scarier...but Stalker is still better.


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