Ancient cells discovered in the arctic by oil men give rise to a carnivorous, evolutionary ancestor and a corporate cover-up.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Captain Maurice Molnar
Thomas Kitzmiller (as Pat Harrington)
Dr. Helen Lynch (as Katharine Woodville)
Jack Burton
The Secretary
Rosetta (as Jeanie Bell)
Dr. Fisk (as Lindsay Workman)
Dr. Peel
Dr. Cowan
Vince Howard ...
Al Checco ...


An arctic oil-drilling expedition unearths some strange organic matter, cells which begin to spontaneously multiply. When the cooling unit in their storage facility fails, the cells grow into a violent and deadly life-form, a murderous ape-man. Kolchak finds the feature story he's planning on writing about the murders blocked by the authorities at every turn, and it seems that pressure from the large corporation which sponsored the drilling is threatening to squelch the truth about the murders. Written by acidxian

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17 January 1975 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The murder of Robert Gurney (Craig Baxley) is preceded by a television screening featuring Lon Chaney in "The Mummy's Ghost." See more »


Carl's camera flash is barely discernible in shooting the ape-man in the ally (towards the camera), but later it's quite bright as it shoots downward at the contents of a canister in a lab. See more »


[first lines]
Carl Kolchak: During World War Two, close to this very spot, science bore a child that changed the course of human relations and, to this day, threatens to end human history. It was called, innocuously enough, The Manhatten Project, and it grew into the terror we all have come to know as the hydrogen bomb. But this year, only a stone's throw from here, science delivered a new child.
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References Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom (1963) See more »

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The Ape-Man
10 November 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Carl Kolchak(Darren McGavin) investigates the strange case of savage murders that were committed by an Ape-man, recently revived when its cells(which were found by an oil-drilling expedition then stored in a freezer) are thawed out when that freezing unit breaks down, and the cells grow at an astonishing rate. Carl is stymied by the oil corporation and the authorities, but does manage to track it down to its underground lair... Another unlikely premise made to work because of genuinely eerie moments in the climatic showdown underground, with effective use of music and menace. Similar in premise to both past and future versions of "The Thing".

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