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Horror in the Heights 

Residents of Roosevelt Heights are being caught off guard, and killed, by a flesh eating demon with the ability to appear as a person they know and trust.


(as Michael T. Caffey)


(created by) (as Jeff Rice),

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Carl Kolchak
... Tony Vincenzo
... Harry Starman
... Mr. Lane-Marriot
... Ali Lakshmi
... Julius 'Buck' Fineman
Shelly Novack ... Officer York
... Barry the Waiter
... Ron Updyke
... Emily Cowles
... Jo
Jim Goodwin ... Frank Rivas
Eric Server ... Officer Boxman
John Bleifer ... Charlie
... Mr. Sol Goldstein


Carl investigates a series of deaths that take place in a community mostly populated by the elderly. The bodies are partially devoured, seemingly by rats, but Kolchak begins to suspect that a more sinister force is at work: a ghastly flesh-eating Hindu demon known as the Rakshasa has set up shop in the area, and it has the ability to take its victims by surprise by appearing to them as the person they trust the most. Written by acidxian

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Release Date:

20 December 1974 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Some news articles and magazines have stated that Richard Kiel played the Raksasha, although he did not. The uncredited actor has not been identified by any official source. See more »


At the very beginning of the episode, you see Kolchak's yellow Mustang convertible with the top up from a distance. In the very next shot, closer to the car, the top is down. See more »


Carl Kolchak: I'd have liked to have told Miss Emily that the Rakshasa appeared to me as her. According to the legend it meant that I trusted her. But then I would also have had to tell her that I shot a steel arrow straight into her. I don't think she would have appreciated that.
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References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

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Good Actors, so so plot
25 November 2007 | by See all my reviews

Other reviewers have given the plot already which is a tad weak in the buildup to Kolchak's confrontation with the monster - it is however a creepy idea - don't trust anyone, especially if they want to hug you.

What puts this episode a little higher is that like a few others it has a number of older professional character actors in it, such as Phil Silvers, Ned Glass, and others. When these people are in an episode it seems to spur the regulars, McGavin, Oakland, etc to up their game as well, and some of the scenes are little gems to watch.

It also is noteworthy for the social commentary it injects - the plight of the elderly poor, decades before that matter really starts to impact on American society.

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