The Night Stalker

The Night Stalker

Blu-ray Disc - 2018
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Investigating a series of Las Vegas murders, Carl Kolchak discovers that each victim has been bitten in the neck and drained of blood. Though Kolchak's outlandish theory about the murders gets him nowhere with the police, his initiative to apprehend the killer himself gets him into hot water with a modern-day vampire.

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Onewhoissaved
Sep 23, 2020

This was a pretty gripping made for-television movie in 1972. I remember watching it with others on a television at a pool hall that closed down decades ago. Darren McGavin went on to star in a series of just twenty one-hour episodes on television programs of the occult and the bizarre. Today's televsion audiences have no idea of how many showings there were on the strange world of human imagination. The greatest showing of course was 'The Twilight Zone.'

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Shellie1_us
Sep 16, 2020

I watched this when it first came out. Was so disappointed it was only one season. The Night Stalker's first two movies give you the back story on Kolchak. The first movie was about the vampire, was so scary back when I watched it, and still one of my favorite vampire movies. They were creative with the stories and the monster makeup. If you enjoy Kolchak, you should watch The Norliss Tapes with Roy Thinnes , and both of the Dark Shadows series the newer one is on Amazon with Ben Cross. Dan Curtis made all of these horror gems and others. He is sadly missed.

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jimg2000
Aug 31, 2020

(Updated with quotes today.)

I probably would not have watched this gem if knowing before hand that it is a made for TV movie and in 4X3 format. So I checked it out and enjoyed the film's mythical story, journalist/cop characters and the sights of 1972 Vegas. Lucked out!

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mknoop2112
Oct 23, 2019

The special effects and stunts are pretty cornball by today's standards, heck, they were probably pretty cornball by 1972 standards, but "The Night Stalker" does a pretty good job building an impending sense of dread with the nighttime Las Vegas visuals and pulsing theme music. The character of Carl Kolchak is a cranky lovable grump, pretty similar to the character Darren McGavin plays in "A Christmas Story," only with a crucifix and a wooden stake. You'll also spot many other great character actors like Simon (Psycho) Oakland, Larry (M*A*S*H) Linville, Charles (Narrow Margin) McGraw, Elisha (The Killers) Cook Jr and especially Claude (Twilight Zone, Murder She Wrote) Akins as the tough as nails Sheriff Butcher. A romp from television's golden age that's occasionally spooky, occasionally goofy, but always entertaining.

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ClarkHarveyRoth
Aug 17, 2019

The lights of Las Vegas in the 70s are used to excellent effect in this first installment of the Summer 2019 Vampire Revue, featuring an awesome soundtrack of proto techno groove, unsettling horn blasts, & nervous violin scrapes, as the cops close in on the city's least appreciated tourist. Our hero is a smug, smartaleck of a journalist who encounters cowboy town corruption like in 'Casino' & the hand-wringing fear of telling the truth & damaging visitor revenue that typified 'Jaws' half a continent away. The vampire himself is mindlessly brutish & unequivocally violent, whose lair is a dynamo of spooky set design for the period & whose only line in the whole movie is 'RARRRRRRR'. Five stars bleeding out at the craps table! CR

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DUVIDL
Jul 22, 2019

This is the original and there is no 'tongue-in-cheek'! Deadly serious and well acted, this movie does what Bram Stoker's original tale first did: Bring The Vampire Believably Into The Modern World. A classic! Enjoy!

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jimg2000
Aug 31, 2020

Some quotes in IMDb, thanks to its contributors:

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0067490/quotes/?tab=qt&ref_=tt_trv_qu

Example of the crisp script on the introduction of the first victim:

Narrator: Sunday, May 16th. At approximately 2:30 A. M., Cheryl Hughes was standing at the intersection of Casino Center and Fremont Street waiting for a girlfriend to give her a lift home. (Apparent girlfriend did not show and started walking briskly.) Cheryl Hughes was 23, 5 feet 51/2 inches tall, 118 pounds, blonde hair, light brown eyes, swing shift change girl at the Gold Dust Saloon. Cheryl Hughes, tired and hungry, but just mad enough to walk the eight blocks to her small frame house off the corner of 9th and Bridger.
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There will be no rumors, no reports in the paper. The official opinion at this time is that the cause of death is undetermined. We don't want to cause a panic. It's bad for police operations. It's bad for the people, and it's bad for business.

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