345 – Kolchak: The Night Stalker – Horror in the Heights

A monster is stalking the elderly in the Heights.  A monster that adopts the form of the victims’ most trusted person.  Has Carl Kolchak finally encountered a monster that he is impervious to?

Simon and Eugene discuss Horror in the Heights.

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  1. For me, this is the best episode of Kolchak (by a whisker). The monster is novel and mysterious and genuinely horrific. The victims are genuine people, rather than random strippers walking to their cars (with a Kolchak voiceover). The INS office feels like a functioning newspaper. Kolchak tries his hand at being a journalist, rather than a reporter. Everything has some depth to it and the episode is much richer for it.

    I think this is the only time that Karl follows in the footsteps of another monster hunter, rather than his usual schtick of getting the Big Book of Monsters from the library to identify the right kind of stick with which to poke the creature. It’s also the only time that the monster talks.

    No matter how many times I’ve seen this, I’m still on the edge of my seat at the climax, nervously wondering: how can Karl get out of this? What if that really IS Miss Emily? She’s talking! Her story is plausible! It might be Miss Emily! O! M! G! Karl shot Miss Emily!!

    I adore the goofy, surprised look on the rakshasa’s face as it keels over and dies. I assume that (once shot) the rakshasa returned to the limbo from whence it came, which is why Karl has no body for his front page scoop.

    What would the episode have been, if they had gone for the comedic rather than horrific, and had the rakshasha appear in the guise of Vincenzo? That’s a deleted/alternate scene I’d pay good money to see.

    Best Lines:

    Well we all have rats sir … you should see the one I work for.

    No! No! Wait! I’m not the rakshasa … I’m the Kolchak!

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