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The Night Stalker

1972

see also: Kolchak: the Night Stalker (TV Series)

The Night Stalker
 

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The Movie

Kolchak is a stereotypical news hound; a loner, eccentric, argumentative and pushy. He realises that a series of deaths are linked to a vampire as but the more he tries to convince others, the less they believe the evidence of their own eyes. He is on his own with this one ...

Directed by John Llewellyn Moxey
Written by Jeffrey Grant Rice (novel), Richard Matheson (teleplay)
Released 11 January 1972

Starring:

Darren McGavin as Carl Kolchak
Carol Lynley as Gail Foster
Simon Oakland as Tony Vincenzo
Ralph Meeker as Bernie Jenks
Claude Akins as Sheriff Warren A. Butcher
Charles McGraw as Police Chief Ed Masterson
Kent Smith as District Attorney Tom Paine
Elisha Cook Jr as . Mickey Crawford
Stanley Adams as Fred Hurley
Larry Linville as Dr. Robert Makurji
Jordan Rhodes as Dr. John O'Brien
Barry Atwater as Janos Skorzeny

Review

The strength of this movie is the story; a real page turner which gets you sharing Kolchak's frustartion at not being believed. While Kolchak is not the nicest of people, the gentle humour that bubbles through the story keeps him just human enough.

The casting was excellent, right down to many of the very small parts.

This TV movie broke the record of the time for both audience share for a TV movie (over 40%) and sheer viewer numbers. It was followed up a year later by 'The Night Strangler', a well-told tale of the quest for longevity - and price people are willing to pay (alas, no vampires!). While not quite such a big hit, this pair was strong enough to justify a TV series "Kolchak", renamed for DVD and syndication as "The Night Stalker", to avoid confusion with 'Kojak'.

The DVD

The Night Stalker and The Night Strangler are usuallyy sold as a Double Feature.

 

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How To Buy This DVD

So far as I'm aware, this DVD is not available 'new' - I buy rarities from ebay

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