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The Night Flier (1997)

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A reporter is on the trail of a vampiric murderer who travels by plane.

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Mark Pavia

Writers:

Stephen King (story), Mark Pavia (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Miguel Ferrer ... Richard Dees
Julie Entwisle Julie Entwisle ... Katherine Blair
Dan Monahan ... Merton Morrison
Michael H. Moss ... Dwight Renfield
John Bennes John Bennes ... Ezra Hannon
Beverly Skinner Beverly Skinner ... Selida McCamon
Rob Wilds Rob Wilds ... Buck Kendall
Richard K. Olsen ... Claire Bowie (as Richard Olsen)
Elizabeth McCormick Elizabeth McCormick ... Ellen Sarch
J.R. Rodriguez ... Terminal Cop #1
Robert Leon Casey ... Terminal Cop #2 (as Bob Casey)
Ashton Stewart Ashton Stewart ... Nate Wilson
William Neely William Neely ... Ray Sarch
Windy Wenderlich Windy Wenderlich ... Henry Gates
General Fermon Judd Jr. ... Policeman
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Storyline

Two investigative reporters for a tabloid magazine track down across country "The Night Flier", a serial killer who travels by private plane stalking victims in rural airports. One of the reporters, Richard Dees, begins to suspect that "the Night Flier could perhaps be a vampire". Written by Humberto Amador

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Never believe what you publish...Never publish what you believe. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for horror violence, gore and strong language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 February 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stephen King's The Night Flier See more »

Filming Locations:

Wilmington, North Carolina, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$91,549, 8 February 1998

Gross USA:

$125,397

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$125,397
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Julie Entwisle's only other credit was a minor role in In & Out (1997), a movie which began filming a month after The Night Flier wrapped, and which was also first released in America during the fall of 1997. See more »

Goofs

When Richard encounters the black dog, the animal is clearly discomforted by the wire apparatus used to retract its lips and reveal its fangs, trying to ease it away with its left paw. See more »

Quotes

Dwight Renfield: I've been watching you Dees... I've been watching you very closely. Yes... I know you, you see... I know all... all about you...
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Alternate Versions

The U.K. DVD includes a few more seconds of gore in the massacre sequence at the end. 1) The camera pans over the corpses on the floor a second time (right to left), and we get a closer shot of a black man, cut in half. The reporter stops and takes a photo of this. He then looks to his right, before proceeding further into the room. Duration: Approx. 18 seconds. Now, this is how the scene plays in the US cut: After the reporter enters the building, the camera pans over the corpses scattered on the floor, from left to right. After that the film cuts to a close up shot of the reporter holding his flash light and looking around. Instead of the insert mentioned above however, the US cuts directly to the next two corpses on the floor (a woman with a neck wound). 2) A close up shot of Dees holding his flashlight and looking around is longer in this cut (after he walks away from the woman with the neck wound and the other corpse). In the US cut we see him look straight ahead and then the film cuts directly to the dead woman at the counter. However, the US disc omits the following: Dees looks to his left and there are three quick shots of a severed head on the floor. He walks further and looks down, and there's a severed arm there. The camera pans up from the arm and shows some more of the interiors in a wide shot. Duration: 14 seconds 3) Before the night flier feeds Dees his blood, there is a longer gore scene: The shot showing him cutting his arm open with his long nail has more spurting blood and lasts longer. Also, the camera pans / tilts from the wound and up to the Night flier's face. In other words: A one shot with a camera pan / tilt. The US cut on the other hand uses an alternate shot / take from a different angel, to make the scene less explicit. First we see the first second of the cutting & blood flow in a large close up, and then the US cuts to a front shot of the vampire finishing the cutting. Around 2 seconds of gore missing here. 4) The exploding head in the black and white sequence is longer. See more »

Connections

References Children of the Corn (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Til My Head Explodes
Performed by Chainsuck
Written by Marydee Reynolds
Published by White Rhino Music (BMI) / Jai Ebon Songs (BMI)
Courtesy of Wax Trax! Records / TVT Records
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Serious, gory stuff!
10 May 2002 | by le canardSee all my reviews

Richard Dees is a reporter and he is a vampire because he works for a tabloid and earns his living by writing lurid stories and taking sordid pictures. He's got a despicable job and he is getting sick of it. Dwight Renfield is the Night Flier and he is a vampire too, but he is a "real" one – an evil and supernatural creature feeding itself on humans. He flies from one airfield to another across the U.S. on a black, private aeroplane. Of course he always leaves bloodless corpses behind him and Dees ends up chasing him with his tape recorder and camera. When they eventually meet, the vampire doesn't really feel like killing one of his kind, and he is ready to let him go. Yet Dees proves his curiosity will always make him chase people like the Night Flier and he will bitterly regret it. At the end of the film, everybody will see and remember Richard Dees as what he really was, that is to say a nasty character living on people's suffering. Well, this film is a great B-movie. The story is exciting, Miguel Ferrer is excellent and the film has no Hollywood-like happy ending. I strongly recommend it to anyone looking for a nice thrill and a few gallons of blood.


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