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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

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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 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

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Fly the deadly skies. See more »


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

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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:

ITL 330,934,000 (Italy), 2 May 1997

Opening Weekend USA:

$91,549, 8 February 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$125,397
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

While talking in the bar, Richard tells Catherine stories, mentioning a school teacher who murders five year old kids because she thinks they're plotting to kill her. This is the plot of a story from the Stephen King short story collection "Nightmares and Dreamscapes". See more »

Goofs

When Richard goes "to hell" there is a close-up of a vampire's face and the contact lenses used are extremely visible. See more »

Quotes

Ezra Hannon: What paper you say you're from?
Richard Dees: Inside View, you know it?
Ezra Hannon: Oh yeah. My wife Martha reads your paper. After she's done with it, I use it to line our kitty's toilet box. Soaks that cat piss real good.
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Much better than I expected!
16 July 2003 | by Snake-666See all my reviews

I'm not really a great fan of vampire movies, in fact there are very few that I could actually name that I like, nonetheless I rented ‘The Night Flier' because the DVD cover looked rather interesting but I still didn't expect much from this movie.

Richard Dees (Miguel Ferrer) is a journalist for a sleazy and morbid weekly publication named ‘Inside View' and is assigned to cover the story of a mysterious pilot who flies into rural airports and kills whoever is there, draining the victim of all their blood. At first Richard doesn't want the story but after seeing how big a story it could be and also wanting to put ambitious young journalist Katherine (Julie Entwistle) firmly in her place he accepts the assignment and goes in search of information on the killer he later nicknames The Night Flier.

I was very surprised by the quality of this movie. Currently I am moderately wary of Stephen King adaptations and with it also being a vampire movie my hopes were not particularly high. The first ten minutes or so of ‘The Night Flier' are fairly slow moving and rather tedious but that soon changes as ‘The Night Flier' becomes a quite adept thriller. It's not a typical vampire movie and that is probably why I enjoyed it. Instead, ‘The Night Flier' is more of a crime drama as the movie is directed towards uncovering the killer rather than stopping the killer. This makes it an interesting thriller in a way and despite some noticeably gory scenes stays away from the obvious idea of concentrating solely on the killer's activities. Tension is built up exceptionally by not concentrating too much on The Night Flier. The way the movie plays out gives it a strong purpose as it leads to a blistering finale. What we are left with is a story about a man on the edge who will do anything to get his story. The character of Richard is a bitter man, possibly socially maladjusted and one has to question whether he is in some way disturbed by all that he has witnessed in his life? He shows mental strength in his pursuit of success and seemingly fears nothing, showing no compassion or sympathy for the feelings of others yet there are still moments when he comes across as a much `softer' human being. Miguel Ferrer does an excellent job of portraying Richard and his performance in the last ten minutes of the movie is almost profound. The ending is brutal, in some ways shocking and definitely not what I expected. By the end it becomes obvious that there were two levels of horror working in this movie that came together well to leave us with ‘The Night Flier'.

There were flaws with the movie though, a couple of plot holes and many unanswered questions, though perhaps that the intent was to leave an air of mystery over the movie. Apart from Ferrer I don't think the movie was well cast as most of the other actors didn't really seem to fit the tone of the film. Furthermore, despite many great make-up effects there were also a few (one in particular) that looked awful and seemed to be totally out of place with the rest of the film. The movie was also a little slow in places and does not really get very good until about a third of the way through. These few faults though aren't really enough to harm the enjoyment and whilst this may not be to everyone's liking I personally believe it to be a well made and appealing movie. My rating for ‘The Night Flier' – 7/10.


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