The Night Flier (film)

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The Night Flier
Cover of The Night Flier.jpg
DVD cover
Directed by Mark Pavia
Produced by Mitchell Galin
Richard P. Rubinstein
Written by Stephen King (story),
Mark Pavia
Jack O'Donnell
Starring Miguel Ferrer
Julie Entwisle
Dan Monahan
Music by Brian Keane
Cinematography David Connell
Edited by Elizabeth Schwartz
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Release date(s) 1997
February 6, 1998 (United States)
Running time 93 minutes
Country United States
Italy
Language English
Box office $125,397 (United States only)[1]

The Night Flier is a 1997 horror film based on the short story of the same name[2] which was written by Stephen King.[3] It was directed by Mark Pavia and starred Miguel Ferrer and Julie Entwisle.[4]

Synopsis[edit]

The story follows a reporter named Richard Dees as he follows, attempting to catch up with, a murderer who kills his victims in a vampiristic style. The killer flies to each murder scene in a black Skymaster airplane. At one point, Dees does catch up with the plane and finds dirt inside and the interior covered in blood, heightening the suspense of the film. The plot culminates in Dees' confrontation with 'The Night Flier' and his own loss of sanity.

Dees' secondary conflict involves a young female reporter who joins the staff at the exploitative magazine "Inside View", where Dees ranks as senior reporter. At first he dismisses her as naive and, at best, a "Jimmy" (as in "Jimmy Olsen") and actively abuses her. She ultimately survives him and writes about Dees' death, her article prominently featured on the title page of the magazine "Inside View".

Cast[edit]

  • Miguel Ferrer as Richard Dees
  • Julie Entwisle as Katherine Blair
  • Dan Monahan as Merton Morrison
  • Michael H. Moss as Dwight Renfield
  • John Bennes as Ezran Hannone
  • Beverly Skinner as Selida McCamon
  • Rob Wilds as Buck Kendall
  • Richard K. Olsen as Clarke Bowie
  • Elizabeth McCormick as Ellen Sarch
  • J.R. Rodriguez as Terminal Cop #1
  • Robert Leon Casey as Terminal Cop #2
  • Ashton Stewart as Nate Wilson
  • William Neely as Ray Sarch
  • Windy Wenderlich as Henry Gates
  • General Fermon Judd Jr. as Policeman

Connections to other Stephen King works[edit]

The Night Flier contains many references to Stephen King's larger mythos, most of which were not present in the original story. In the scene where Katherine looks at some of Richard's previous Inside View articles, we see that most of the bylines relate to other Stephen King stories. 'Springheel Jack Strikes Again!' refers to 'Strawberry Spring', 'Headless Lamaze Leads To Successful Birth!' refers to The Breathing Method, 'Kiddie Cultists in Kansas Worship Creepy Voodoo God!' refers to 'Children of the Corn', 'Satanic Shopkeeper Sells Gory Goodies!' refers to Needful Things, 'Naked Demons Levelled My Lawn!' refers to 'The Lawnmower Man', and 'The Ultimate Killer Diet! Gypsy Curse Flays Fat Lawyer's Flesh' refers to Thinner.

The film also features a scene where the characters discuss a schoolteacher who murdered a group of five-year-olds because she thought they were plotting against her; a reference to the story 'Suffer the Little Children', where this occurs.[5]

Richard Dees, the protagonist of The Night Flier, also appears in The Dead Zone, where he attempts to interview the psychic Johnny Smith for Inside View. In his afterword to Nightmares and Dreamscapes, Stephen King states that he thinks the vampire in the short story Popsy is the same vampire that appeared in 'The Night Flier'.

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