Kolchak: The Night Stalker: Season 1, Episode 16

Demon in Lace (7 Feb. 1975)

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A female demon, takes over the bodies recently killed young women, so she can seduce handsome young men and scare them to death.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jackie Vernon ...
Coach Toomey
Kristina Holland ...
Rosalind Winters
The Registrar
Prof. C. Evan Spate
Jack Grinnage ...
Carmen Zapata ...
Spanish Woman
Maria Vanegas
Mike Thompson
Milton Parsons ...
John Elerick ...
Mark Hansen (as John Elrick)
Davis Roberts ...


When an ancient stone tablet is unearthed in the Mid East and brought back to American for study, a deadly mystical force is unleashed. Kolchak follows a series of deaths where healthy young men were found dead of heart attacks, each accompanied by the bodies of women who seemed to have died in unrelated circumstances and locations. Kolchak discovers that the murders are the work of a Succubus, a Sumerian demon that assumes the form of recently deceased women and lures men into her deadly embrace. Written by acidxian

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Capt. Joe 'Mad Dog' Siska: Look, Kolchak, I gotta tell you something. Some people dream about retiring.
Carl Kolchak: Uh-huh.
Capt. Joe 'Mad Dog' Siska: I dream about breaking your face.
Carl Kolchak: I love you too, Siska. Listen. How's your therapy coming along? A-okay?
Capt. Joe 'Mad Dog' Siska: Shut up.
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So-so Episode By Kolchak Standards, But Still Great Fun To Watch!
10 November 2009 | by (Troy, NY) – See all my reviews

I have every single NIGHT STALKER episode on video. What an awesome show, full of comedy and thrills and monsters, with a reporter turned monster hunter who always has time for a wisecrack or a pretty girl.

But Demon in Lace . . .

Set on a college campus, bad idea. The angry Sixties had just ended, yet the big muscled goofs on campus all wear letter sweaters and look ten years out of date, like refugees from a Beach Boys music video/orgy. (Needed some ultra masculine group harmony, like the fade on "This Car of Mine." Diddly-hup, hup!) Kolchak has a one-shot female side kick, bad idea. Where was the superb Monique Marmelstein, his regular female rival/assistant? This poor girl is given nothing to do but look pained and embarrassed while Kolchak ignores her, treats her rudely, and gives full rein to a 40's era sexism that (thankfully!) is never shown in any other episode.

Basic premise of a succubus that "needs" a dead female body to play around in, very very bad idea. How dumb is it to have a monster that has to wait around for a pretty girl to trip and fall down the stairs, turn on the gas, slip on a banana peel? So much better if the girls could simply "black out" and wake up their normal selves, with no memory of having killed!

Okay, here are some strong points.

Vincenzo the editor has an angry tirade in every episode, whenever he finds Kolchak has turned a cut and dried story into something eerie and inexplicable. This episode he really gets it right, howling, "oh, that's great Carl. That's what we need, another vanishing corpse. Another vanishing corpse!" Simon Oakland had magic. More than just a blowhard, he could go right into bigger than life, Jackie Gleason or Rodney Dangerfield territory.

The smarmy archaeologist, with his leisure suit and bandanna . . . what a great character! He's clearly a closeted homosexual who lusts after his male lab assistants and gets voyeuristic thrills by watching them couple and then die in the arms of the succubus. His fights with Carl are brittle, brilliant, and bitchy . . . less THE FRONT PAGE and more WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF!

Salem Mozart . . . the wonderful scene where Kolchack needs information on the succubus and meets an old man in the campus basement who falls . . . asleep . . . while trying to sell him steak knives!

So-so episode by Kolchak standards, but still great fun to watch!

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