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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Harry Starman
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Mr. Lane-Marriot
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Elderly Rakshasa Hunter
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Julius 'Buck' Fineman
Shelly Novack ...
York
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Barry the Waiter
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Jo
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Frank Rivas
Eric Server ...
Officer Boxman
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Charlie
Herb Vigran ...
Mr. Goldstein
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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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20 December 1974 (USA)  »

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Alternate title: "The Rakshasa". See more »

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Kolchak correctly cites the fact that the swastika is an Indian character used to ward off evil, but the Indian swastika points to the left. The Nazi swastika - or, hakenkruis as the Germans called it - is reversed it so that it points to the right. Many of the swastikas in back of the Indian restaurant are the Nazi one. See more »

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Carl Kolchak: The Rakshasa have magical powers, Tony. They seduce their victims to death by taking on the image of someone the victim trusts.
Tony Vincenzo: And poor Harry Starman... he trusted you? Obviously he never had to depend on you to come up with a cogent story... something that'll turn a profit!
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The Rakshasa
10 November 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Carl Kolchak(played by Darren McGavin) investigates the horrible murders of elderly residents in the Roosevelt Heights section in Chicago, who were devoured in minutes. Police think it the result of rats, but evidence points to the Hindu owner of a local Indian restaurant, who is in fact hunting a demonic spirit called a Rakshasa, an evil carnivore who attacks victims by hypnotizing them into thinking they are being approached by someone they trust, but this proves to be no safe haven for normally vigilant Carl... Scary episode makes inspired use of the monster, a chilling creation, and amusing guest appearances by both Phil Silvers & Murray Matheson.


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