Director: John Llewellyn Moxey
Stars: Darren McGavin, Simon Oakland, Barry Atwater, Carol Lynley, Claude Atkins
With so many vampire movies and TV shows currently in vogue, it’s rather surprising that no one has announced a “reboot”—a word that send chills down genre purists’ spines, as well as makes them want to pimp-slap a Hollywood producer—of the 1972 TV flick The Night Stalker. Anchored by a funny and charming lead character who’s an investigative reporter and old-school bloodsucker mythology, it’s a property that’d fit right at home in today’s TMZ times if given a modernized tweak or two. Fortunately, though, there’s no Night Stalker remake in the cards—the original is badass enough to satisfy any horror lover.
Darren McGavin owns the role of Carl Kolchak, a conniving reporter who suspects that a string of brutal murders in Las Vegas is the work of a vampire; it’s a simple premise, but one made genuinely scary and often funny by screenwriter, and fiction writer extraordinaire, Richard Matheson. The Night Stalker spawned a 1974 television series, which had its fair share of moments, but director John Llewellyn Moxey’s original TV film is Kolchak’s finest hour.
7. The Night Stalker (1972)