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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.

Director:

Mark Pavia

Writers:

Stephen King (story), Mark Pavia (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »
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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

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Startling, nonstop horror See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Main actor Miguel Ferrer also appeared in two other Stephen King adaptations: The Stand (1994) and The Shining (1997). See more »

Goofs

As Richard is driving away from the small rural airport where he was chased by the dog, the view out of the car shows very muddy windows yet when we see the outside of the car it is sparkling clean. See more »

Quotes

Merton Morrison: [to Richard Dees] Put that pilot license and plane of yours to some use. Besides, you're good with the hicks, you're the best.
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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 Superman (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Red
Performed by Sister Machine Gun
Written by Chris Randall
Published by KMFDM Ent. (BMI)
Courtesy of Wax Trax! Records / TVT Records
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A notch above most King films.
17 February 1999 | by InfoGodSee all my reviews

This movie is a notch above most King films.

I own the DVD of this film and I have to say that Director Mark Pavia did an excellent job with this film. Especially with the end. The end is a great tribute to George A. Romero's style but it goes further and becomes creepier than anything I've seen in recent memory. I caught the last fifteen minutes of this film on cable one night and I was hooked. I remember thinking wow what a stylish film what the hell is this? So I researched and found out the title and bought the film.

The film suffers from a lame screenplay and some stiff acting. Miguel Ferrer was excellent, as was Dan Monahan. Michael H. Moss and Julie Entwisle were a bit stiff. All in all this is a good horror movie and the DVD transfer is sharp and the colors are precise. The sound balance is natural, without over-placement of artificial sound effects.

Watch it alone on a stormy night!


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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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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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