Monday, February 18, 2019

KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER / "Primal Scream" - 1975

Here's a series I used to watch a lot in the seventies, loved it. Darren McGavin stars as Carl Kolchak, Simon Oakland plays newspaper boss Tony Vincenzo, John Marley plays Captain Maurice Molnar, with guest stars Pat Harrington Jr., Katherine Woodville and Jamie Farr.

This episode is about an arctic oil-drilling expedition that unearths some strange organic matter, cells which begin to spontaneously multiply. When the cooling unit in their storage facility fails, the cells grow into a violent and deadly life-form, a murderous ape-man! Kolchak plans on writing about the murder, but the details are being blocked by the authorities. And, it seems that pressure from the corporation which sponsored the drilling is threatening Kolchak's investigation!

Here's Kolchak, he helps a woman carry her fern into the hospital in order to interview Dr. Helen Lynch, part of the research team that were storing the cells. She was in a car accident, and, Kolchak was ordered to stay away from her. He gets some important info.

It's not long before this pretty boy is attacked and killed by the on the loose ape-man!

Kolchak heads out to see what all the hubbub's about. It's all about the ape-man, of course?

Then, Carl goes to see Jack Burton (a reoccurring character) to get a little lesson in the evolution of man. Hopefully, it answers some question about the creature for our reporter...

Kolchak gets a lead about the whereabouts of the ape-man, he finds a door decorated by hippies so he knows he's at the right place.

Kolchak's in the sewer system wouldn't you know! He gets a few surprises, like bats, as he searches for his illusive ape-man!

He comes across a dead woman, and then, he sees the ape-man coming at him!

Kolchak tries to calm the thing, and it's working! Well, until...

The police show up and start shooting away at the ape-man. Holy crap, they shoot the poor guy without even trying to capture him!

Our hero pulls out his recorder and we learn that the police shot the ape-man with tranquilizer darts, and, he was taken to a research facility for study! Hey, check back on Wednesday for more cool junk, just for you, here, at The Dungeon!


Randall Landers said...

Been watching this series on Me-TV. It's kinda like the Love Boat in that there's always guest appearances from folks like Jamie Farr, John Fiedler, Keenan Wynn, Larry Linville, William Daniels and the like. They're delightful stories, rather complicated overlapping dialogue, and always some sort of boogeyman (or woman) who's going to make Karl's life miserable. Highly recommended show. Certainly one of the delights from the 70's.

KD said...

It sure was, Randall! If I recall correctly, it was on Friday nights in the '70s, and those of us without dates would huddle in front of the TV to watch every episode! So many good/fun ones, too.

The Bloody Pit of Horror said...

I've only seen the two Night Stalker movies and none of the series. I should remedy that sometime!

KD said...

The series is pretty cheap on DVD. I've seen it at Walmart for $15-20, very cheap for a show that's so highly entertaining.

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