Kolchak: The Night Stalker: Season 1, Episode 9

The Spanish Moss Murders (6 Dec. 1974)

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A pair of seemingly unrelated deaths are connected by the fact that each victim had a small amount of Spanish Moss on the body. When more murders occur, Kolchak is able to determine that ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Severn Darden ...
Dr. Aaron Pollack
Randy Boone ...
Gene the Fiddler
Pepe LaRue / Morris Shapiro
Jack Grinnage ...
The Monster
Dr. Hollenbeck
Record Producer
Maurice Marsac ...
Henri Villon
Lab Assistant
Don Mantooth ...
Sleep Subject (as Donald Mantooth)


A pair of seemingly unrelated deaths are connected by the fact that each victim had a small amount of Spanish Moss on the body. When more murders occur, Kolchak is able to determine that each victim is indeed connected to a comatose Cajun man who is part of a sleep experiment where he is denied the ability to dream. The man's subconscious is able to physically manifest a vengeful monstrosity, the "Paramafait", a legendary Cajun boogeyman who dispatches anybody who wronged the sleeping man. Kolchak's intention to stop the Paramafait marks him for death, unless he can stop the creature before it kills him. Written by acidxian

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Though Donald Mantooth is credited only as "Sleep Subject", his character is named numerous times in dialogue as "Paul Langois". See more »


When the monster attacks Kolchak in the sewer, the zipper of Richard Kiel's monster costume is clearly visible on his back. See more »


Carl Kolchak: Whatever happened to "I'm okay, you're okay"?
Capt. Joe 'Mad Dog' Siska: Well, to tell you the truth, you're not okay! The people in group therapy didn't tell me I was ever gonna meet anybody as un-okay as you are.
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Family fun without being too scary for middle school or Jr. High kids.
15 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This show was really enjoyed by my family without making any parents or kids uncomfortable, and just scary enough to stay interesting. D. McGavin was great! It was also entertaining for the adults to see old supporting actors we remembered from when we were children. The references to places in Chicago was interesting for us, as we use to live there. We will try to watch more of this series. The channel we watched had a special marathon of the Kolchak: Night Stalker, and my son wanted me to tape the rest of the shows so he could show his brothers, who were not there. We wished the series had been longer than, unfortunately, it was.

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