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The Night Stalker

1971 1h 15m Horror List
88% Tomatometer 8 Reviews 77% Audience Score 250+ Ratings After several high-profile newspapers fire him for his difficult attitude, investigative journalist Carl Kolchak (Darren McGavin) finds a job following the police beat for a small Las Vegas publication. When Carl discovers a series of dead showgirls drained of blood with bite marks on their necks, the police hesitate to take the case any further, and his boss (Simon Oakland) wants nothing to do with the story, leading Carl to believe there may be a real vampire prowling the city streets. Read More Read Less

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Dann Gire Chicago Daily Herald But John Llewellyn Moxey's razor-sharp direction of Richard "I Am Legend" Matheson's screenplay created such a documentarylike atmosphere of realism that the movie became a mini-classic... Nov 2, 2021 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 2/5 Nov 3, 2005 Full Review Cole Smithey ColeSmithey.com Rated: 3/5 Sep 26, 2005 Full Review Robin Clifford Reeling Reviews Rated: 3/5 Nov 19, 2004 Full Review Emily Blunt Blunt Review Love this campy retro-stuff! Rated: 3/5 Jul 15, 2004 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Darren McGavin is delicious in bringing his character to life as the wisecracking reporter, who has a nose for trouble, truth and film legend. Rated: B- Feb 18, 2004 Full Review Read all reviews

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CodyZamboni TV movie is fast paced with lots of horror action, with a formidable vampire foe. I enjoyed seeing the travelogue location photography of early 70s Vegas hotels, casinos, and fashion. Kolchak is alot more serious, and alot more pissed off than in the TV show. Overall tone is also less campier than the series. Bonus casting of Carol Lynley, as Kolchak's hot girlfriend. Also noteworthy, the movie ends on a sadder, more bittersweet, more sobering note. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 10/27/23 Full Review George A The movie that spun off one of the most influential horror series of all time. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 12/06/21 Full Review linc h One of the best vampire movies I have seen so far. A classic made for TV movie. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review william k Above-average, unusual TV crime mystery stuns with its supernatural topic. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Incredibly tedious and silly TV movie that inexplicably led to a successful TV franchise. A vampire is stalking L.A. and Darren McGavin is the maverick journo who smells a story. As boring as that. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review johnathon w TV classic that not only ranks as one of the best TV movies but also one of the best vampire films ever made. The main appeal is Darren McGavin as Carl Kolchak, the skeptical reporter who slowly begins to believe that a vampire is actually terrorizing the streets of Las Vegas, given the character the right mix of intelligence and humor that you ability latch onto to him, even if he is a bit shady at times (he always finds a way to break the rules). Behind the camera, director John Llewellyn Moxey crafts Richard Matheson's superb script to perfection, especially in depicting Kolchak as a skeptic to the very end (at first, he just thinks the killer believes he's a vampire) along with peppering enough clues to keep you guessing (the fact the killer never leaves footprints, even in sand, is intriguing). All in all, one of the most unique and fun entires in the vampire genre, and a true classic in its own right. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis After several high-profile newspapers fire him for his difficult attitude, investigative journalist Carl Kolchak (Darren McGavin) finds a job following the police beat for a small Las Vegas publication. When Carl discovers a series of dead showgirls drained of blood with bite marks on their necks, the police hesitate to take the case any further, and his boss (Simon Oakland) wants nothing to do with the story, leading Carl to believe there may be a real vampire prowling the city streets.
Director
John Llewellyn Moxey
Producer
Dan Curtis
Genre
Horror
Original Language
English
Runtime
1h 15m