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Kolchak: The Night Stalker: Horror in the Heights

Elderly residents of Roosevelt Heights are being killed by a creature that appears as the person they trust the most.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x11
Airdate: Friday December 20th, 1974



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Guest Stars
Ned Glass
As Joe
Recurring
Abraham Sofaer
As Ali Lakshmi
Barry Gordon
As Barry the Waiter
Benny Rubin
As Julius "Buck" Fineman
Eric Server
As Officer Boxman
Herb Vigran
As Sal Goldstein
Jim Goodwin (1)
As Frank Rivas
John Bleifer
As Charlie
Murray Matheson
As Lane Merriott
Naomi Stevens
As Mrs. Miriam Goldstein
Paul Sorenson
As Officer Prodman
Phil Silvers
As Harry Starman
Robert Karnes
As Officer Thomas
Shelly Novack
As Officer York
Main Cast
Darren McGavin
As Carl Kolchak
Simon Oakland
As Tony Vincenzo

Recap

There are sections of Chicago the guidebooks don’t refer to. The guidebooks’ function is to sell the glamour and excitement of our Windy City, and whichever way you dress it up, old age is neither glamorous nor exciting. Roosevelt Heights used to be a plush neighborhood, but the plush neighbors moved uptown, leaving the old people. And old people don’t move easily; they become set in their surroundings. Their friends live next door, they’ve been going to the same store for twenty-five years, and probably most important of all, they can’t afford to relocate even if they wanted to. The battle of fixed income versus galloping inflation never ends. But even inflation took a backseat here in Roosevelt Heights, as a far greater fear overtook the residents, a terror which effectively dwarfed everything else...

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Episode Notes
Writer Jimmy Sangster was no stranger to Horror when he wrote this episode having worked on such Hammer Films productions as The Curse Of Frankenstein (1957), The Horror Of Dracula (1958) and The Mummy (1959).

In syndication this episode was sometimes titled The Rakshasa



Episode Quotes
Carl: (opening narration) There are sections of Chicago the guidebooks don't refer to. You can't blame them really. The guidebook's function is to sell the glamor and excitement of our Windy City, and whichever way you dress it up, old age is neither glamorous nor exciting. Roosevelt Heights used to be a plush neighborhood, but the plush neighbors moved uptown, leaving the old people, and old people don't move easily. They become set in their surroundings. Their friends live next door. They've been going to the same store for twenty-five years. And, probably most important of all, they can't afford to relocate, even if they wanted to. The battle of fixed income versus galloping inflation never ends. But even inflation took a back seat here in Roosevelt Heights as a far greater fear overtook the residents, a terror which effectively dwarfed everything else.

Carl: The rakshasa have magical powers. They seduce the victim to death by taking on the image of someone the victim trusts.
Tony: And poor Harry Starman…he trusted you? Obviously he never hadda depend on you to come up with a cogent story – something that’ll turn a profit!

Lane Merriott: Well, the rakshasa is a disciple of Ravana. Ravana, whose teeth were so horrible they stopped the sun and the moon in their course.
Carl: You know, I had a date with a girl in college just like that once.
Lane Merriott: Mr. Kolchak! I value my time. If it’s your intention merely to be a music hall wag, please state so.

Carl: I’m trying to find out something about a creature named a raka…rakashusi…rakalaki…rakasomething. I didn’t hear it too well.
Lane Merriott: There are a plethora of Indian words beginning with those syllables.
Carl: Well, this “rak” takes pleasure in eating human flesh.
Lane Merriott: (nervously, as other customers look around) You’re talking about the rakshasa!

(about the old restaurant owner)
Barry the Waiter: It’s crazy. But he’s like that. Lemme tell you something. I saw him talking to one of these old neighborhood guys, right? You know what he asks? He asks, does the old guy ever see any of his friends or relatives, hanging around…at night? The old guy tells him all his friends and relatives are dead. So you know what the boss says? The boss says it doesn’t make any difference if they’re dead or not…does he see them? Now that’s crazy, right?

Carl: And if you happen to be walking a lonely country road one night and you see your favorite aunt coming toward you… good luck to you, too!

Carl: We all have rats, sir. You should see the one I work for.



Episode Goofs
Right after Carl shoots "Emily," the outline of the block to which the bolt is attached is clearly visible through her dress.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorJeff Rice
 
Warning: Kolchak: The Night Stalker season 1 episode 11 guide may contain spoilers
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