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Halloween Kingathon – The Night Flier (1997)


Director: Mark Pavia

Writer: Mark Pavia, Jack O’Donnell (Screenplay) Stephen King (Story)

Starring: Miguel Ferrer, Julie Entwisle, Dan Monahan, Michael H Moss, John Bennes, Beverly Skinner, Rob Wilds

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

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Vampires Redesigned

Story: The Night Flier starts an abandoned plane on a runway before a creature kills an innocent flight controller. We move to follow reporter Richard Dees (Ferrer) who is hot head because he knows he can get the story what ever the case. He is always against his paper manager Merton (Monahan) who is out to bring the gruesome photos available.

Merton wants Richard to investigate this mysterious traveller Dwight Renfield (Moss) who fly his planes into airports in the middle of the nights leaving victims where ever he goes. New hot shot reporter Katherine Blair (Entwisle) wants to make an impact so she tries to talk Richard into taking the story.

As Richard continues to investigate the story he starts to find himself becoming the latest victim of the dreaded Night Flier.

The Night Flier brings us a new look to the vampire genre by having the vampire travel by plane, taking away the idea that vampires can fly. We do get the traditional side as well though, with travelling at night, and the plane being his coffin. I liked how we didn’t focus too much on an origin story for the vampire and is all about a different type of hunter, a reporter trying to chase down a story. I also liked the twist ending but otherwise this is a very good vampire film that is hugely underrated. (8/10)

Actor Review

Miguel Ferrer: Richard Dees is the lone wolf reporter who doesn’t follow the rules but ends up getting involved in a story about a mysterious Night Flier, he finds him being followed by the very thing he is trying to find. Miguel does a great job in this role showing he can reach all the character traits need with ease. (7/10)

Julie Entwisle: Katherine Blair is the hot new reporter who sees this story a her chance to make a name for herself in her new job. She is competing against Richard for the story. Julie does a solid job but isn’t strong enough to go next to Miguel. (6/10)

Dan Monahan: Merton Morrison is the owner of the paper who gets to make the decisions on who gets what story in the paper, he ends up putting his two reports against each other to get the story. Dan does a standard supporting role but you feel there was more to his character. (5/10)

Michael H Moss: Dwight Renfield is the mysterious Night Flier who has a taste for blood as he ends up coming into land before taking his victims and moving on. Michael is the mystery man and does a good job in the few scenes he is in. (7/10)

Support Cast: The Night Flier has a supporting cast that mostly fills the stories or is the victims.

Director Review: Mark Pavia – Mark brings us the new look vampire story that stands out as original. (7/10)

Horror: The Night Flier does create creepy scenes and the final act is right up there. (9/10)

Mystery: The Night Flier gives us a mystery about what is going on which keeps u thinking as the film unfolds. (8/10)

Settings: The Night Flier uses the settings well by trying to use small airfields before increasing the size by the end. (8/10)
Special Effects: The Night Flier uses all practical effects that all come off to add to the horror. (8/10)

Suggestion: The Night Flier is one for the fans of the vampire genre to enjoy. (Vampire Fans Watch)

Best Part: Final Act.

Worst Part: I would have liked to seen more from the Catherine character.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $1 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 34 Minutes

Tagline:  Evil has a flight plan 

Overall: Great addition to the vampire genre.


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