The Night Flier

Year: 1997

Director: Mark Pavia

Written by: Jack O'Donnell

Threat: Vampire

Weapon of Choice: Teeth

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Rish Outfield's reviews
Very bloody. I'm a huge Stephen King fan, and had read the short story this was based on years ago. I think the movie is better. Miguel Ferrer has a certain reptilian charm that makes the very unsympathetic characters he plays almost likable. This role was no exception. I'm sure we were not meant to like him, but I couldn't help it. The vampire, when he finally shows himself, is both disgusting and laughable-looking. That was disappointing, because the film took great pains to make him really scary up to that point.
And of course, tyranist and I already knew what he looked like.
Wait, let me address something I hate about horror videos right now: In most horror movies, taking lessons from Jaws and Alien and countless greats, the monster is not shown in its entirety for a large portion of the movie, building suspense, taking advantage of what we don't see, and so on. But invariably, when the movie comes out on video, the first (and many times only) thing that goes on the box is the monster, sometimes in better light than the entire film. Therefore, we, the viewers, already know what's coming, and not only is the surprise ruined, but the suspense turns into tedium as we wait for it to show. Dozens of films, including Gremlins, Pumpkinhead, Child's Play, Predator, Deep Rising, even E.T. can be sullied by this practice. Hey, I realize they want to rent out as many copies as possible, but it just sucks, and can't be what the filmmakers intended.
Rantmode off.

The tyranist's thoughts
I loved this short story simply for the image of the invisible vampire pissing blood in the urinal. Naturally, that element was what I most looked forward to when we rented this movie. I have to admit to being a little disappointed. Really they did a fantastic job with the effect, but it just didn't match up with the vision in my head. That is always a shame. On the whole the movie was really well done and kind of spooky sometimes. It is an unusual vampire story in the way the vampire is characterized. His methods are different from most and his appearance is hideous. I don't remember the beast in the story being quite so bad, but then I read the story almost five years ago. The only wish I have related to this is that instead of "Night Flier," they should have done "The Ten O'Clock People."

Total Skulls: 10

Sequel setup
Rips off earlier film
Horror film showing on TV/in theater in movie
Future celebrity appears
Former celebrity appears
Bad title
Bad premise
Bad acting
Bad dialogue
Bad execution
MTV Editing
Girl unnecessarily gets naked
Wanton sex
Death associated with sex
Unfulfilled promise of nudity
Characters forget about threat
Secluded location
Power is cut
Phone lines are cut
Someone investigates a strange noise skull
Someone runs up stairs instead of going out front door
Camera is the killer
Victims cower in front of a window/door
Victim locks self in with killer
Victim running from killer inexplicably falls
Toilet stall scene skullskull
Shower scene
Car stalls or won't start
Cat jumps out
Fake scare
Laughable scare
Stupid discovery of corpse
Dream sequence skull
No one believes only witness
Crazy, drunk, old man knows the truth
Music detracts from scene
Death in first five minutes skull
What the hell?
x years ago . . .
Dark and stormy night skull
Killer doesn't stay dead
Killer wears a mask
Killer is in closet
Killer is in car with victim
Villain is more sympathetic than heroes
Unscary villain/monster
Beheading skull
Blood fountain skull
Blood hits camera
Poor death effect
Excessive gore skullskull
No one dies at all
Virgin survives
Geek/Nerd survives
Little kid lamely survives
Dog/Pet miraculously survives
Unresolved subplots
"It was all a dream" ending
Unbelievably happy ending
Unbelievably crappy ending