Kolchak: The Night Stalker: Season 1, Episode 11

Horror in the Heights (20 Dec. 1974)

TV Episode  -   -  Comedy | Horror | Mystery
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Residents of Roosevelt Heights are being caught off guard, and killed, by a flesh eating demon with the ability to appear as a person they know and trust.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Harry Starman
Murray Matheson ...
Mr. Lane-Marriot
Elderly Rakshasa Hunter
Benny Rubin ...
Julius 'Buck' Fineman
Shelly Novack ...
Barry the Waiter
Jack Grinnage ...
Jim Goodwin ...
Frank Rivas
Eric Server ...
Officer Boxman
John Bleifer ...
Herb Vigran ...
Mr. Goldstein


Carl investigates a series of deaths that take place in a community mostly populated by the elderly. The bodies are partially devoured, seemingly by rats, but Kolchak begins to suspect that a more sinister force is at work: a ghastly flesh-eating Hindu demon known as the Rakshasa has set up shop in the area, and it has the ability to take its victims by surprise by appearing to them as the person they trust the most. Written by acidxian

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Alternate title: "The Rakshasa". See more »


When Kolchak is examining the dead chauffeur, a Eucalyptus tree can be seen in the background. Eucalyptus trees are only found in Australia and California, not in Chicago, where the show was set. See more »


Carl Kolchak: [Opening monologue] There are sections of Chicago the guidebooks don't refer to. You can't blame them, really. 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 ...
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References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

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Great Acting and Memorable Story!
1 July 2012 | by (Valencia, Spain) – See all my reviews

Unlike the dozens of episodes of black goo in the X-Files, where nothing happened except that we got to listen to Muldur's sedated voice describe what he thinks instead of showing action and special effects, we get a real story here, and some great actors.

Sure, when you lay it out on the line, people can say it was a so-so story, but at least it was a story. There was a beginning, a middle, and an end. Here we see some elderly folks meeting to play cards at the beginning of the show. One of them dies at the hands of a mystery creature.

Phil Silvers, who has so much energy and puts so much into his small role, really makes this story real. He is an old survivor of city life, and he sees that his once robust neighborhood is now a run-down ghetto. The garbage is not picked up regularly, and the rats have taken over the streets. In the 1970s, this issue with garbage and rats was a real problem. The sanitation workers union went on strike in several cities, and the garbage was not picked up for weeks, and the result was rampant vermin and rats. So the story was topical for its time.

Is there such a thing as a Raksasha? Who played the Rasksasha? Why did he just fall over? I would have thought that such a big creature could have given Kolchak a run through the alleys of Chi-town!

This episode is one of my favorites. The actors, even though they have small parts, are excellent. The story reflected problems that were common in big cities at the time. The only thing missing was Charles Bronson as the avenging senior citizen in his later Death Wish movies.

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