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The Night Flier (1997)

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A reporter is on the trail of a vampiric murderer who travels by plane.

Director:

Mark Pavia

Writers:

Stephen King (story), Mark Pavia (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Miguel Ferrer ... Richard Dees
Julie Entwisle Julie Entwisle ... Katherine Blair
Dan Monahan ... Merton Morrison
Michael H. Moss ... Dwight Renfield
John Bennes John Bennes ... Ezra Hannon
Beverly Skinner Beverly Skinner ... Selida McCamon
Rob Wilds Rob Wilds ... Buck Kendall
Richard K. Olsen ... Claire Bowie (as Richard Olsen)
Elizabeth McCormick Elizabeth McCormick ... Ellen Sarch
J.R. Rodriguez ... Terminal Cop #1
Robert Leon Casey ... Terminal Cop #2 (as Bob Casey)
Ashton Stewart Ashton Stewart ... Nate Wilson
William Neely William Neely ... Ray Sarch
Windy Wenderlich Windy Wenderlich ... Henry Gates
General Fermon Judd Jr. ... Policeman
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Storyline

Two investigative reporters for a tabloid magazine track down across country "The Night Flier", a serial killer who travels by private plane stalking victims in rural airports. One of the reporters, Richard Dees, begins to suspect that "the Night Flier could perhaps be a vampire". Written by Humberto Amador

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Fly the deadly skies. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for horror violence, gore and strong language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 February 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stephen King's The Night Flier See more »

Filming Locations:

Wilmington, North Carolina, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$91,549, 8 February 1998

Gross USA:

$125,397

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$125,397
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Richard Dees, the main character, was also the reporter who tried to get an interview with John Smith in the Stephen King novel "The Dead Zone". See more »

Goofs

As Richard is driving away from the small rural airport where he was chased by the dog, the view out of the car shows very muddy windows yet when we see the outside of the car it is sparkling clean. See more »

Quotes

Ezra Hannon: [describing The Night Flier to Richard Dees] He was wearing a big cloak he was. Red as a fire engine inside, black as a woodchuck's asshole outside. And when it spread out behind him, it looked like a goddamn bat's wing it did.
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Alternate Versions

The U.K. DVD includes a few more seconds of gore in the massacre sequence at the end. 1) The camera pans over the corpses on the floor a second time (right to left), and we get a closer shot of a black man, cut in half. The reporter stops and takes a photo of this. He then looks to his right, before proceeding further into the room. Duration: Approx. 18 seconds. Now, this is how the scene plays in the US cut: After the reporter enters the building, the camera pans over the corpses scattered on the floor, from left to right. After that the film cuts to a close up shot of the reporter holding his flash light and looking around. Instead of the insert mentioned above however, the US cuts directly to the next two corpses on the floor (a woman with a neck wound). 2) A close up shot of Dees holding his flashlight and looking around is longer in this cut (after he walks away from the woman with the neck wound and the other corpse). In the US cut we see him look straight ahead and then the film cuts directly to the dead woman at the counter. However, the US disc omits the following: Dees looks to his left and there are three quick shots of a severed head on the floor. He walks further and looks down, and there's a severed arm there. The camera pans up from the arm and shows some more of the interiors in a wide shot. Duration: 14 seconds 3) Before the night flier feeds Dees his blood, there is a longer gore scene: The shot showing him cutting his arm open with his long nail has more spurting blood and lasts longer. Also, the camera pans / tilts from the wound and up to the Night flier's face. In other words: A one shot with a camera pan / tilt. The US cut on the other hand uses an alternate shot / take from a different angel, to make the scene less explicit. First we see the first second of the cutting & blood flow in a large close up, and then the US cuts to a front shot of the vampire finishing the cutting. Around 2 seconds of gore missing here. 4) The exploding head in the black and white sequence is longer. See more »

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References Children of the Corn (1984) See more »

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Disease
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Written by Chris Randall
Published by KMFDM Ent. (BMI)
Courtesy of Wax Trax! Records / TVT Records
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An interesting, though slightly flawed take on King
17 October 1999 | by SodaCanSee all my reviews

I'm not going to say that this is a great movie, or even a great horror movie. A more appropriate way of saying it might be that it's an interesting movie. Those poor filmmakers, they're starting to run out of Stephen King novels to make into movies, so they have to turn to his short stories. Usually this means what should have been a 30 minute movie is drawn out into an hour and a half or longer. But in the case of Mark Pavia's "The Night Flier", story works because Pavia is able to expand on King's original story, and he also seems to have a bit of talent as a director.

Most people complain that Miguel Ferrer's character, Richard Dees, is too mean, or something like that. QUIT COMPLAINING PEOPLE! He's suppose to be an utterly heartless, sleazy, sorry excuse of a person. You're not suppose to feel sorry for him at all as he descends to insanity. Instead having such a terrible lead character is suppose to pose the question whose the real monster? Or, actually I think it'd be more accurate to say, whose the real hero? Is there a hero? Ferrer pulls off the performance perfectly, making a character that could make James Woods or Clint Eastwood whimper in fear. Unfortunately the rest of the cast doesn't do so well, and this pulls in the movie down a little way.

Anyway, Pavia himself has a talent for gloomy atmosphere, with his overcast, gray skies and quiet music and always just slightly-off-angle photography. He expertly subdues the beginning 2/3s of the movie and then throws a bloodbath at us. It's a very well planned and a shocking move on his part.

"The Night Flier" kicks into major gear towards the end. The final, final conclusion is a little weak, but it really couldn't have ended any other way.

Overall, the couple flaws drag "The Night Flier" down to a good but not great movie, but the really cool climax and other elements make up for it, and make it a good time. Be warned, it won't leave you feeling happy or good.


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