Stephen King's The Night Flier

  • 1997
  • Movie
  • R
  • Horror

This unimaginative vampire picture played on HBO; the merits that earned it a theatrical release aren't immediately apparent. Hard-boiled Richard Dees (Miguel Ferrer) is a supermarket-tabloid reporter so tough he'd make his own grandmother out to be a sex-crazed werewolf if it would get him a cover. So who better to take on the story of "Dwight Renfield,"...read more

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This unimaginative vampire picture played on HBO; the merits that earned it a theatrical release aren't immediately apparent. Hard-boiled Richard Dees (Miguel Ferrer) is a supermarket-tabloid reporter so tough he'd make his own grandmother out to be a

sex-crazed werewolf if it would get him a cover. So who better to take on the story of "Dwight Renfield," a mysterious serial killer whose M.O. is to land his small private plane on remote rural airfields, slaughter anyone unfortunate enough to be in the area and then drain the bodies of blood?

But for all his considerable experience with the weird and the sordid, Dees lets this case get to him, and the results aren't pretty. There's nothing hugely wrong with this picture, if you allow for the fact that it's derivative, predictable and crude. There just isn't anything especially right

with it, except for a pretty creepy black-and-white nightmare sequence and a scene that reveals more than most people want to know about vampires' urinary peculiarities, but is certainly something you haven't seen before. Unfortunately, both occur within the last 20 minutes of the film, and

there's a formulaic lot of nonsense to huff and puff through first. Dees interviews witnesses and finds clues. Dees squabbles with his conscienceless editor (Dan Monahan). Dees is mean to bright young thing Katherine Blair (Julie Entwisle), who hopes to learn the tricks of the tabloid trade from

him. Once again, Stephen King's name in the title should be taken as a warning rather than a recommendation.

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  • Released: 1997
  • Rating: R
  • Review: This unimaginative vampire picture played on HBO; the merits that earned it a theatrical release aren't immediately apparent. Hard-boiled Richard Dees (Miguel Ferrer) is a supermarket-tabloid reporter so tough he'd make his own grandmother out to be a sex… (more)

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