Kolchak: The Night Stalker: Season 1, Episode 9

The Spanish Moss Murders (6 Dec. 1974)

TV Episode  |   |  Comedy, Horror, Mystery
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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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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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Kolchak comments that the total value of Chez Voltaire's wine cellar exceeded the gross national product of Paraguay. In 1974, Paraguay's GNP was approximately $1.185 Billion dollars. See more »

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

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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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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.

Aside from the crazy fiddle player, there is not much of interest for a while... and then we get the crazy scientist who performs the cruel sleep study forcing a man to go without dreaming for six weeks. Now, the outcome is rather unlikely... but the idea is awfully clever. It reminds me of "Patrick", but actually predates that film by a few years, so it may be the other way around!


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