Land development disturbs the final resting place of a headless, sword-wielding cyclist who hunts down and beheads the rival gang bikers who killed him.

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Captain Jonas
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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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BSA stands for Birmingham (UK) Small Arms Company Limited, which was a leading motorcycle producer internationally. See more »

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Carl throws the biker's skull at the headless body. It strikes him in the chest and bounces away, but the next shot of the biker's skeleton shows the head connected to the body. See more »

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Carl Kolchak: The teenage years - sixteen candles, fervent passions, aimless joyrides, and the forbidden taste of beer - a time the world allows for sowing one's wild oats; but, for some individuals I came to know in the summer of their discontent, it had been a time when they had sown the seeds of their own destruction.
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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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