Kolchak: The Night Stalker: Season 1, Episode 10

The Energy Eater (13 Dec. 1974)

TV Episode  |   |  Comedy, Horror, Mystery
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Carl finds a spirit like monster is eating up the structure of a new hospital and draining patients of their protein.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Elkhorn
Elaine Giftos ...
Nurse Janis Eisen
Tom Drake ...
Don Kibbey
Walter Green
Robert Yuro ...
Detective Webster
Joyce Jillson ...
Diana Lanier
Dr. Carrie
Robert Cornthwaite ...
Dr. Hartfield
Michael Fox ...
Frank Wesley
Melissa Greene ...
1st Girl
Dianne Harper ...
2nd Girl


Kolchak faces another Native American monster, this one known as the Matchemonedo, when he learns of a series of mishaps taking place in a newly opened hospital. The construction of the hospital has awakened Matchemonedo, an invisible manifestation that causes ruptures in the building's constitution, electrical outbursts, and deaths that are seemingly caused by electrocution. Kolchak enlists the help of a reluctant Indian shaman to combat the rampaging force. Written by acidxian

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13 December 1974 (USA)  »

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The boom mic is visible when Kolchak brings an architect to the hospital to inspect it's lower levels. See more »


Carl Kolchak: As the great Louis Pasteur once said, "Any schmo can invent a rabies vaccine, but when will we find a cure for stupidity?"
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Edited into Crackle of Death (1974) See more »

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The Matchemondeo
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Carl Kolchak(Darren McGavin) investigates the mysterious deaths and strange occurrences surrounding the construction and opening of a new lake-front hospital, which turn out to be the result of the awakened spirit of a Native American god named the Matchemondeo, who is angry that his roaming/resting place has been disturbed, and will stop at nothing to destroy the hospital by all means at its disposal. Only with the help of a local Indian shaman(played nicely by William Smith) can Carl defeat/placate this threat. Another far-fetched premise helped by the usual effective humor of the series, and a genuine sense of menace posed by the title entity.

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