The Night Strangler
The Night Strangler (1973)
Title: The Night Strangler
Directed by: Dan Curtis
Written by: Richard Matheson; Jeff Rice
Produced by: Dan Curtis; Robert Singer
Music by: Robert Cobert
Cinematography: Robert Hauser
Edited by: Folmar Blangsted
Distributed by: American Broadcasting Company
Released: January 16th, 1973
Rating: PG
Running time: 74 min.
Country: USA
Language: English
Budget: Unknown
Gross: N/A
Previous: The Night Stalker (1972)
Next: Kolchak: The Night Stalker (TV Series)

The Night Strangler is a 1973 television movie and the sequel to 1972's The Night Stalker. The film is directed by Dan Curtis and written by Richard Matheson and Jeffrey Grant Rice. It stars Darren McGavin reprising his role as investigative reporter Carl Kolchak who relocates from Las Vegas, Nevada to Seattle, Washington on the trail of a mysterious killer who has been strangling young women and stealing their blood. Oddly, this M.O. appears to be repeated once every twenty-one years, leading Kolchak to discover a disturbed scientist who uses the spinal fluid of his victims to keep himself alive. The movie also stars Jo Ann Pflug, Simon Oakland, Scott Brady, Wally Cox and everyone's favorite Wicked Witch, Margaret Hamilton.

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  • A third telemovie was in the works, which would have been called The Night Killers, but ABC instead opted to continue the franchise as a regular television series, which was called Kolchak: The Night Stalker. Kolchak ran for a single season from 1974-1975 totaling twenty episodes.
  • Darren McGavin and Simon Oakland are the only cast members to appear in both movies as well as the regular series. McGavin also appeared in the pilot episode of Night Stalker, making him the only person who was involved in all four projects.
  • As indicated in the opening paragraph, actress Margaret Hamilton is best known for her portrayal of the Wicked Witch of the West in MGM's The Wizard of Oz. Coincidentally, a pastiche of Hamilton's infamous witch made an appearance as part of a Wizard of Oz parade in the 1983 Bob Clark holiday classic, A Christmas Story, which also starred The Night Strangler lead, Darren McGavin.
  • Vehicles used in this film were provided courtesy of the Chrysler Corporation.

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