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Kolchak convinces Tony to send him to Los Angeles to cover a story about a transcendental meditation guru, but he's using the trip as a cover so he can investigate a series of murders in which the victims have been completely drained of their blood.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x4
Airdate: Friday October 04th, 1974

Director: Don Weis
Story: Bill Stratton
Teleplay: David Chase

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Guest Stars
Alyscia Maxwell
As Reporter #3
Scott Douglas
As Reporter #2
Betty Endicott
As Linda Courtner
Biene Blechscmidt
As Elena Munoz
Bill Baldwin
As Reporter #1
Howard Gray
As Bellboy
Jan Murray
As Ichabod Grace
John Doucette
As Deputy Sample
Kathleen Nolan
As Faye Kruger
Larry Storch
As Jim "The Swede" Brytowski
Milt Kamen
As Gingrich
Noel de Souza
As Chandra
Rand Warren
As Stacker Schumaker
Stuart Nisbet
As Hotel Manager
Suzanne Charney
As Catherine Rawlins
Tony Epper
As Andrew Garth
William Daniels
As Lieutenant Jack Matteo
Main Cast
Darren McGavin
As Carl Kolchak
Simon Oakland
As Tony Vincenzo


They were tearing up an old road to lay more freeway, a few miles south of Las Vegas. The state of Nevada’s Department of Highways’ digging would be a help to thousands of motorists, but to one other person, it would turn out to be a nightmare...

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Episode Notes
Don Weis directs his first of four episodes with "The Vampire". The others were #6 "Fire Fall", #14 "The Trevi Collection", and #16 "Demon In Lace".

Both the opening narration and the connection between the episode's vampire and Las Vegas, manage to link the series with the original TV movie.

Episode Quotes
Carl: (opening narration) They were tearing up an old road to lay more freeway a few miles south of Las Vegas. The state of Nevada's Department of Highway's digging would be a help to thousands of motorists. But to one other person, it would turn out to be a nightmare.

Carl: (discussing his boss, Tony Vincenzo, with another reporter) You should meet my boss. He'd turn Buddha into a chain-smoker!

Tony: (to Carl) I'm tired of it, Kolchak, I am fed up! I've got a brother-in-law who's got a fourteen year old kid he's always bailing out of juvenile hall, but I've got you and you are worse!

Carl: (about Catherine Rawlins) Arrested several times for prostitution, she’d disappeared late in 1970. Two things were clear: she was no longer missing, nor could she now be considered a person.

Carl: (narrating) Ichabod thought he had added another filly to his stable of trotters. In Ichabod’s parlance, his new acquisition was called a fox. He had no way of knowing she was actually more closely related to the bat.

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CreatorJeff Rice
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