Former members of a biker gang from the 50s are being decapitated, and a key witness claims that the murders are being committed by a headless figure on a motorcycle wielding a sword. ... See full summary »

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Henry 'Studs' Spake (as Arthur Metrano)
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Lila Morton
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Former members of a biker gang from the 50s are being decapitated, and a key witness claims that the murders are being committed by a headless figure on a motorcycle wielding a sword. Kolchak pieces the story together and finds that the specter is out to avenge his death due to some rather unusual circumstances surrounding his burial. Written by acidxian

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31 January 1975 (USA)  »

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When Kolchak is at the museum's French Revolution display, there is a guillotine which fails to operate properly. The reason it doesn't work is because it isn't weighted properly. If you look closely, the rope is simply attached to the blade itself. A true guillotine blade was attached to a mouton, a metal weight which weighed 66 pounds; combined with the weight of the blade, this ensured a swift, clean cut. See more »

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Kolchak's narration describes Lila's sister Coral as, "a respectable housewife". But she is shown closing and locking up a restaurant just before the motorcyclist kills her. Why wasn't she described as "a respectable restaurateur?" See more »

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Captain Jonas: You're telling me that I should go into a barn of bones and- and find someone's skull, and then play pin-the-head on-the-stump?
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The Headless Rider
10 November 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Carl Kolchak must find out who is killing former members of a 1950's motorcycle gang who are being decapitated. It turns out to be a murderous(and headless) motorcycle riding ghost out to avenge its death and reclaim its head, all the while wielding its own avenging sword chopping off the heads of his victims. How can Carl use knowledge from the French Revolution to stop this rampage, and put the ghost to its final rest? Weaker episode is just entertaining enough to be passable, but is marred by too much footage of the headless rider, who must have been eight-foot tall by the look of him! (That costume really needed a rethink before being put on air...)


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