The Night Stalker (1972)

USA, 11 January
35mm film, colour, 4:3
mono, English

An American horror television film directed by John Llewellyn Moxey.

Plot Summary

Las Vegas newspaper Carl Kolchak investigates a series of murders that turn out to have been committed by a vampire.


Directed by: John Llewellyn Moxey
© MCMLXXI [1971] American Broadcasting Companies, Inc.
Produced by: Dan Curtis
Teleplay by: Richard Matheson
From an Unpublished Story by: Jeff Rice
Director of Photography: Michel Hugo
Film Editor: Desmond Marquette
Music by: Robert Cobert
Sound Mixer: Harold Lewis
Makeup: Jerry Cash
Hairstylist: Gae J. Clark
Art Director: Trevor Williams
Casting: Hoyt Bowers
Filmed at Samuel Goldwyn Studios

Darren McGavin (Carl Kolchak)
Carol Lynley (Gail Foster)
Simon Oakland (Vincenzo)
Ralph Meeker (Bernie Jenks)
Claude Akins (Sheriff Butcher)
Charles McGraw (Chief Masterson)
Kent Smith (D.A. Paine)
Barry Atwater (Janos Skorzeny)
Larry Linville (Makurji)
Jordan Rhodes (Dr O'Brien)
Elisha Cook Jr (Mickey Crawford)
Stanley Adams (Fred Hurley)

The Night Strangler (1973)
Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974)

See also
Night Stalker (2005)



  • Cinefantastique vol.2 no.3 (Winter 1973) p.31
  • Fangoria no.176 (September 1998) p.48 – illustrated review
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.219 no.30 (12 January 1972) p.3
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.49 no.582 (July 1982) pp.141-142 – video review
  • TV Zone no.195 (2005) pp.54-60 – illustrated credits, article (The Night Stalker: Terror in the Vegas nights by Andrew Pixley)


  • Cyborgs, Santa Claus and Satan: Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films Made for Television by Fraser A. Sherman pp.132-133
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.281-282
  • Movies Made for Television: The Telefeature and the Mini-Series 1964-1979 by Alvin H. Marill pp.84, 85 – illustrated credits, synopsis
  • Richard Matheson on Screen: A History of the Filmed Works by Matthew R. Bradley pp.162-169