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 »


An Indian restaurant owned by a practicing Hindu would be highly unlikely to serve beef curry. See more »


Lane Merriott: Well, the Rakshasa is the disciple of Ravana. Ravana, whose deeds were so horrible he stopped the sun and moon in their course.
Carl Kolchak: You know, I had a date in with a girl in college just like that once.
Lane Merriott: Mr. Kolchak! I value my time. If it is your intention merely to be a music hall wag, please state so.
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References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

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Good Actors, so so plot
25 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Other reviewers have given the plot already which is a tad weak in the buildup to Kolchak's confrontation with the monster - it is however a creepy idea - don't trust anyone, especially if they want to hug you.

What puts this episode a little higher is that like a few others it has a number of older professional character actors in it, such as Phil Silvers, Ned Glass, and others. When these people are in an episode it seems to spur the regulars, McGavin, Oakland, etc to up their game as well, and some of the scenes are little gems to watch.

It also is noteworthy for the social commentary it injects - the plight of the elderly poor, decades before that matter really starts to impact on American society.

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