Kolchak: The Night Stalker: Season 1, Episode 13

Primal Scream (17 Jan. 1975)

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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 ... See full summary »

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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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One of the creature's victims is a truck driver called William Pratt - the real name of actor Boris Karloff, who also used to be a truck driver. See more »

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Ron Updyke: It seems some dangerous animals did escape, including two large apes, a pair of adult African gibbons, as well as a Malayan tiger, a civet cat, and a pie-cost.
Tony Vincenzo: What's a pie-cost?
Ron Updyke: 89 cents.
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Another enjoyable episode
5 February 2010 | by (The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left) – See all my reviews

Frozen cell samples from the Antartic are accidentally exposed to heat and growth into a ferocious missing link who breaks out from the lab and embarks on a murderous rampage. Of course, the ever intrepid Carl Kolchak (Darren McGavin in typically energetic and delightful form) stumbles across a major corporation's attempt to cover up the whole mess and ultimately has to face the caveman on his own. Director Jack Scheerer, working from a smart and absorbing script by Bill S. Ballinger and David Chase, relates the barbing story at a brisk pace and milks the exciting climax with Kolchak venturing into some underground tunnels in search of the apeman for all its worth. There isn't much in the way of tension in this particular episode, but fortunately that's compensated for by wickedly amusing moments of sharp sardonic humor and some spot-on criticism of corporate corruption and omnipotence. The solid acting by an able cast rates as another substantial asset: Simon Oakland has several nice scenes butting heads with Kolchak as huffy and disapproving editor Tony Vincenzo, John Marley makes for a formidable nemesis as sour and hard-nosed Captain Maurice Molnar, Jamie Farr contributes a marvelously lively and funny turn as helpful and knowledgeable science teacher Jack Burton, Pat Harrington Jr. is pleasingly slimy as slippery corporate executive Thomas Kitzmiller, and Jack Grinnage is a whiny hoot as sniveling wimp reporter Ron Updyke. Former "Playboy" Playmate Jeannie Bell briefly pops up as one of the caveman's victims. The apeman is kind of goofy, but still looks pretty cool just the same. Ronald W. Browne's slick cinematography makes nifty occasional use of snazzy freeze frames. Jerry Fielding provides an effective moody score. A fun show.


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