R | | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
The only theatrical Stephen King adaptation from the year 1997; The Shining (1997), Quicksilver Highway (1997) and Trucks (1997) were all made for television. However, it could be argued that The Night Flier also falls under that category, since it first saw the light of day in America on HBO in November 1997.
I've been watching you Dees... I've been watching you very closely. Yes... I know you, you see... I know all... all about you...
Richard is leaving a small rural airport when he swerves to avoid hitting an oncoming pickup truck As he does this you hear the truck's air horn with Doppler effect as it passes by. This air horn is the same sound effect heard in countless movies and TV shows and is of a semi-truck. There is no visible air horn on the pickup truck in this scene and was never stock equipment on this vehicle.
The U.K. DVD includes a few more seconds of gore in the massacre sequence at the end. 1) The camera pans over the corpses on the floor a second time (right to left), and we get a closer shot of a black man, cut in half. The reporter stops and takes a photo of this. He then looks to his right, before proceeding further into the room. Duration: Approx. 18 seconds. Now, this is how the scene plays in the US cut: After the reporter enters the building, the camera pans over the corpses scattered on the floor, from left to right. After that the film cuts to a close up shot of the reporter holding his flash light and looking around. Instead of the insert mentioned above however, the US cuts directly to the next two corpses on the floor (a woman with a neck wound). 2) A close up shot of Dees holding his flashlight and looking around is longer in this cut (after he walks away from the woman with the neck wound and the other corpse). In the US cut we see him look straight ahead and then the film cuts directly to the dead woman at the counter. However, the US disc omits the following: Dees looks to his left and there are three quick shots of a severed head on the floor. He walks further and looks down, and there's a severed arm there. The camera pans up from the arm and shows some more of the interiors in a wide shot. Duration: 14 seconds 3) Before the night flier feeds Dees his blood, there is a longer gore scene: The shot showing him cutting his arm open with his long nail has more spurting blood and lasts longer. Also, the camera pans / tilts from the wound and up to the Night flier's face. In other words: A one shot with a camera pan / tilt. The US cut on the other hand uses an alternate shot / take from a different angel, to make the scene less explicit. First we see the first second of the cutting & blood flow in a large close up, and then the US cuts to a front shot of the vampire finishing the cutting. Around 2 seconds of gore missing here. 4) The exploding head in the black and white sequence is longer.
$91,549 8 February 1998