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Horror in the Heights 

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


Michael Caffey (as Michael T. Caffey)


Jeffrey Grant Rice (created by) (as Jeff Rice), Jimmy Sangster


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Darren McGavin ... Carl Kolchak
Simon Oakland ... Tony Vincenzo
Phil Silvers ... Harry Starman
Murray Matheson ... Mr. Lane-Marriot
Abraham Sofaer ... Ali Lakshmi
Benny Rubin ... Julius 'Buck' Fineman
Shelly Novack ... Officer York
Barry Gordon ... Barry the Waiter
Jack Grinnage ... Ron Updyke
Ruth McDevitt ... Emily Cowles
Ned Glass ... Jo
Jim Goodwin Jim Goodwin ... Frank Rivas
Eric Server ... Officer Boxman
John Bleifer John Bleifer ... Charlie
Herb Vigran ... 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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20 December 1974 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Final screen appearance of Abraham Sofaer. See more »


When Kolchak is examining the dead chauffeur, a Eucalyptus tree can be seen in the background. Eucalyptus trees are only found in Australia and California, not in Chicago, where the show was set. 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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Roosevelt Heights and the Raksasha
16 September 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This episode of Kolchak: The Night Stalker has Darren McGavin covering a story in the Roosevelt Heights section of Chicago. It's an old Jewish neighborhood with the old Jews dying off because their kids have moved up and out of it. Only now something is speeding their departures involuntarily.

That something is a Hindu demon called the Raksasha and this demon can gain your confidence by coming for you in the guise of someone you trust. At that point within seconds he can eat more of your flesh than a small piranha school.

Such folks as Phil Silvers, Ned Glasss, Herb Vigran and Benny Rubin play some of the neighborhood folks who if that wasn't enough have to contend with someone painting swastikas in the neighborhood.

But as McGavin researches the swastika for the ancient Hindus was a symbol to ward off demons. Putting them around is the work of Abraham Sofaer an ancient Indian Indian who runs an Indian restaurant in the area. He's also a Raksasha hunter by avocation although he might not get to finish his last assignment.

This was a nicely done story with a great guest cast.

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