The Night Strangler Movie Review Summary

Actors: Darren McGavin, Simon Oakland, Richard Anderson, Margaret Hamilton, John Carradine, Jo Ann Pflug

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THE NIGHT STRANGLER is a TV movie directed by Dan Curtis and aired in 1973. Written by Richard Matheson.
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After having been fired from the Las Vegas Daily News, Carl Kolchak is hired by his friend Tony Vincenzo who is now chief editor in an important Seattle newspaper. Kolchak is assigned to cover the murder of a young artist who's been strangled in the middle of the night. Soon two other young women are murdered in the same way. The murderer is described as a dead man look-alike. Meanwhile, after some researches, Kolchak discovers that an identical serie of murders has happened every 21 years in the city. The circumstances were always the same as if the same murderer was haunting Seattle for more than 80 years. Could it be possible that the founder of the clinic adjacent to the crime scene has discovered an elixir of youth and needs fresh human blood every 21 years in order to complete the elixir's formula. Hard job for Kolchak !   
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 70%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10% How difficult to spot villain?    -   Moderately Challenging Time/Era of Movie:    -   1960's-1970's Medical Thriller?    -   Yes Medical Plotlets:    -   wild experiments on people    -   bio manip. to get new abilities Murder Mystery?    -   Yes What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   nearly 100% Murders of set profession?    -   artists Misc. Plotlets    -   local police have IQ of houseplant Kind of mystery?    -   amateur citizen investigator

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   journalist Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West Misc setting    -   prison    -   scientific labs    -   cave

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately messy visuals of dead Kind of violence:    -   hand to hand    -   guns Unusual forms of death    -   asphyxiation    -   dropped from large heights Lot of special effects?    -   Yes Kinds of F/X    -   nasty human transformations

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