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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Episode complete credited cast:
Captain Maurice Molnar
Thomas Kitzmiller (as Pat Harrington)
Katherine Woodville ...
Dr. Helen Lynch (as Katharine Woodville)
Jack Burton
Jack Grinnage ...
The Secretary
Jeannie Bell ...
Rosetta (as Jeanie Bell)
C. Lindsay Workman ...
Dr. Fisk (as Lindsay Workman)
Regis Cordic ...
Dr. Peel
Byron Morrow ...
Dr. Cowan
Vince Howard ...
Sandra Gould ...
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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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 »


Carl Kolchak: Well, it looks like a freezer. But it's so hot and damp and humid in here, you could steam littleneck clams.
Captain Maurice Molnar: Well, it's out of order.
Carl Kolchak: Yeah, it stinks, too. It smells of mildew. Phew!
Captain Maurice Molnar: Maybe it's your undershirt.
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Updike correction?
6 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

in the end, Updike did call the tow truck, but Karl had had Updike's car put in the parking place before the tow truck showed up. I haven't seen every episode of the series for years(decades) but this particular episode seemed to show Karl as a more aggressive, forceful individual - starting with his leadership among the reporters at the press conference for the first murder. The fact that this killing wasn't obviously supernatural made for an episode with a different feel and more effort seems to have been put into character development. There was also loads of commentary on corporate America. I came away from it feeling less pity for Kolchak than usual.

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