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Legacy of Terror 

Reporter Carl Kolchak investigates Chicago citizens having their hearts cut out by Aztecs.


Don McDougall


Jeffrey Grant Rice (created by) (as Jeff Rice), Arthur Rowe




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Darren McGavin ... Carl Kolchak
Simon Oakland ... Tony Vincenzo
Ramon Bieri ... Captain Webster
Pippa Scott ... Tillie Jones
Sorrell Booke ... Mr. Eddy
Victor Campos Victor Campos ... Professor Jaime Rodriguez
Jack Grinnage ... Ron Updyke
Erik Estrada ... Pepe Torres
Carlos Romero Carlos Romero ... George Andrews
Udana Power ... Capt. Madge Timmins
Sondra Currie ... Vicky
Cal Bartlett ... Officer Earl Lyons
Ernest Macias Ernest Macias ... Andrew Gomez (as Ernesto Macias)
Robert Casper ... Prof. Jones
Mina Vasquez Mina Vasquez ... Rita Torres


A series of brutal murders all share a particularly grisly characteristic: each victims has his or her heart cut out, much like a human sacrifice. Kolchak discovers that the murders are all connected to a modern-day Aztec cult that has been preparing for an apocalypse for centuries. Kolchak tries to stop the final sacrifice from being made, but he soon discovers that the mummified corpse of the cult's leader may not be as inanimate as it appears. Written by acidxian

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14 February 1975 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Generally, Aztec and Maya human sacrifices were captured warriors from neighboring cities or losers of the sacred ball game played before religious ceremonies to choose sacrifice victims. Sacrifices were performed to guarantee that the gods would continue to send rain, make the sun rise every day and guarantee fertility and a good harvest. See more »


At the very end, just before fade-to-black, the camera pans to the mummy's head, the actor opens his eyes and blinks. See more »


Tony Vincenzo: It says here the Andrews family changed their name from Arguello. And they're from Jalisco, and the hotel chain started in Veracruz.
Carl Kolchak: It's Ha-lisco, Tony, not Ja-lisco.
Tony Vincenzo: Oh, excuse me, Jose. I don't care if they came from Hersey City, New Hersey! There are Mexicans there too, but none of them are Aztecs.
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Edited into Kolchak: Demon and the Mummy (1975) See more »

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Review for "Demon and the Mummy" 1975 feature
24 November 2008 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

Like its companion feature, "Crackle of Death" (copyright 1974), this feature (copyright 1975) is comprised of two episodes of the great teleseries KOLCHAK:THE NIGHT STALKER, which ran for only twenty episodes in the fall 1974-75 season. "COD" was comprised of episodes 6 ("Firefall") and 10 ("The Energy Eater"), while episodes 16 ("Demon in Lace") and 17 ("Legacy of Terror") formed the basis for this one. This was the reason that these four entries were, for many years, unavailable in syndication, whether on the CBS LATE MOVIE or on cable's Sci Fi channel. Both features ventured back and forth between two different plot lines with often dizzying results, new voice-over work from actors Darren McGavin and Simon Oakland helping to bridge the gaps. "Demon in Lace" was about a female succubus who enters the bodies of recently deceased young women to seduce healthy male college students who die from heart attacks, with good roles for Jackie Vernon, Carolyn Jones, and Andrew Prine as an archaeologist who uncovers the secret behind the horror. "Legacy of Terror" had numerous victims being found with their hearts cut out, sacrifices to an Aztec mummy on the verge of being restored to life, with its final, willing, sacrifice being played by a young Erik Estrada. Viewing all four individual episodes is the best way to see them intact, now that the entire series is available on DVD, but these two 'features' still warrant a look for the curious, last broadcast on the Sci Fi channel in 1998.

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