Nice little made for TV (ABC) film about Kolchak (McGavin), a washed-up reporter in exile in Las Vegas, looking for a vampire who everybody is convinced is just a psycho. Some good scares, funny moments, and a healthy criticism of the establishment Vegas are all patched into the wonderful Matheson's script. Nice cheezy music and period cars are also a plus. Was turned into a short-lived TV series.
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The Night Stalker (1972)
The Night Stalker is a TV movie starring Darren McGavin, Carol Lynley, and Simon Oakland. An abrasive Las Vegas newspaper reporter investigates a series of murders committed by a vampire.
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Carl Kolchak is a newspaper reporter with an abrasive personality that has gotten him fired ten times from various big-city papers. Now he's reduced to reporting for a relatively small-time paper in Las Vegas. It's here he gets the story of his life. But will the local sheriff, or the D.A., or even his own boss, let him print it? He has an ally in the FBI agent brought in to investigate this strange case. It seems someone is biting the necks of young girls and draining their blood. Can this killer with supernormal powers really be a 70-year-old Romanian millionaire? Can he really be a vampire? And can an aging reporter do anything to stop him?
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One of the better TV shows on the paranormalReviewed byfunkyfryVote: 7/10
Made-for-TV movies in the horror genre seem doomed by the fact that they are interrupted every few minutes by commercials.
But when you get an interesting concept (a vampire stalking Las Vegas) and a world-class writer like Richard Matheson (who wrote "The (Incredible) Shrinking Man" and numerous classic "Twilight Zone" eps) you have a formula for success.
When you add producer Dan Curtis, the creator of "Dark Shadows", the possibility of a kick-ass TV horror movie becomes a reality.
When a woman is murdered, reporter Carl Kolchak (Darren McGavin) is called back from a vacation to cover it. A two-day old story, Kolchak tells editor Tony Vincenzo (Simon Oakland) that it doesn't seem to be worth pursuing. But Vincenzo insists, and off he goes.
He finds, through his contacts, that the victim lost a lot of blood. Another victim is found in the middle of an unmarked expanse of desert sand... also drained of blood. (The phrase "massive loss of blood" becomes a sort of in-joke.)
Kolchak's girlfriend (Carol Lynley) tries to get Carl to accept the possibility that the killer might be an actual vampire. He resists at first, but as the victims and evidence mounts up, he becomes convinced.
The story builds to a satisfying climax, but the kicker is in the way that the story is hushed up and censored.
Matheson's script is atmospheric and witty. The interplay between Carl and Tony is worth the price of admission (or the DVD).
The movie spawned a sequel "The Night Strangler" and a series "Kolchak: The Night Stalker". The series (available on video tape) was the inspiration for Chris Carter to create "The X-files".
Richard Matheson has scripted some of the finest fantasy to ever grace the screen (big and small) and this one, based on the then-unpublished novel by Jeff Rice, took us all by surprise in 1972. I remember the feeling of unease that crept over me as the tale unfolded that night so long ago. I remember a pale man dressed in black, robbing bloodbanks, and the not-so-heroic reporter who dogged his trail, determined to find the truth of the matter, no matter what the cost. I was mesmerised. And greatly satisfied, on all counts. Try watching this one alone, at night, and you'll experience the sheer terror that only the best fright films can engender.