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The Night Strangler (1973)

Not Rated | | Crime, Horror, Mystery | TV Movie 16 January 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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Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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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

Dr. Richard Malcolm: What's a few lives compared to immortality, Mr. Kolchak?
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Alternate Versions

The 90 minute alternate version is available on the Anchor Bay VHS "Collector's Edition" released in 1999. The run time on the back of the box is listed as "74 minutes," but the film actually clocks in at 90 minutes. See more »

Connections

Followed by Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

My Blue Heaven
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Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics by George Whiting
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Superior sequel.
3 September 2004 | by david-697See all my reviews

Relocated to Seattle, reporter Kolchak stumbles on yet another series of murders, a series which seems to be repeated every twenty-one years. Of the two movies, `The Night Strangler' has the slight edge. This is possibly down to its location, Seattle. Very unfamiliar to me, it adds certain freshness to the story, while the underground ‘old' Seattle is a fantastic location, macabre and memorable; it sticks in my mind long after watching the movie. The candle lit, cob-webbed corpses are perhaps one of the most vivid images in American genre television.

Also of note is Richard Anderson's villain, a crazed, immortality seeking Doctor, he is far more impressive than the original's vampire. A more assured script (which is genuinely funny in places), plus some enjoyable cameo's (Carradine, Hamilton), help make this a rare sequel which is better than the original.

Sadly, plans for a third movie were abandoned and instead a short-lived, inferior television series (without Matheson's involvement) resulted. A patchy effort, despite McGavin's best efforts it never attained the quality of the two movies.


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