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Aug 18

The Night Flier

thenightflierGenre: Horror
Year: 1997
Country: USA

Director: Mark Pavia
Starring: Miguel Ferrer, Julie Entwisle, Dan Monahan, Michael H. Moss, John Bennes

 

Never believe what you publish… Never publish what you believe.

 

Richard Dees is a no-bullshit, hardworking news reporter for a tabloid magazine called Inside View. Dees is willing to go to any lengths to get the front page of the magazine, even if he has to create the news himself.

His newest “case” revolves around a murderer who kills his victim in a very vampiristic way and flies away in his black airplane to the next potential crime scene. The case is given to a young aspiring female reporter named Katherine Blair, but Dees is again eager to do whatever it takes to get the story, regardless if it means backstabbing a fellow colleague.

The Night Flier is based on a short story from Stephen King with the same name. It came out without making much noise and seems to be rarely mentioned, even when talking about King adaptations.

I’ve always liked this film and find it to be a little underrated. It has an original story to tell, there’s more to the story if you want to look further and the ending gets quite creepy. The creature is supposed to be very based on vampires, but still feels fresh and new. I also love that the main character is a sleazy, dirty bastard with no good-guy qualities.

Even if he is someone who you wouldn’t want to have as a friend, family member or a neighbour, Miguel Ferrer makes Richard Dees into an interesting character and has no problem carrying the entire movie by himself. Taking a journalist and showing how far he is willing to go to get his story is a good premise for a film actually, especially when you take such a sleazy tabloid newspaper such as this Inside View and put it in a horror film.

I’m surprised to find out that this was the first featured film that Mark Pavia directed and sadly the only one so far. Based on this film it looks like he knows his stuff and there are some great scenes in this film, including the cemetery scene and the black and white ending. It just feels like it is made by someone who knows what he is doing and I can’t really imagine that 9 out of 10 other directors would be able to make this story more entertaining than what Pavia did here.

Fans of Stephen King films should absolutely see this one and I think the general adult horror fan would like this aswell. It has been overlooked a bit and does have some flaws and plot holes, but for a horror film made in the late 90’s it sure does deserve some better recognition than what it has gotten so far.

 

 ★★★½☆ 

 

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