Kolchak: The Night Stalker
By the time this posts I’ll be going through my sleep study, and what am I thinking about The Spanish Moss Murders episode of Kolchak: The Night Stalker. In that episode Kolchak determines that a string of murders is connected to a comatose Cajun man who is part of a sleep experiment where he is denied the ability to dream. The man’s subconscious is able to physically manifest a vengeful monstrosity, the “Paramafait”, a legendary Cajun boogeyman who dispatches anybody who wronged the sleeping man.
Hammer veteran Jimmy Sangster (1927-2011) wrote one of my favorite episodes of Kolchak: The Night Stalker - Horror In The Heights. In the episode Carl Kolchak (Darren McGavin) 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.
Darren McGavin passed away at 83 on February 25th 2006. The popular character actor will forever be remembered for two roles - the father in A Christmas Story (1983) and as reporter Carl Kolchak in The Night Stalker (1972), The Night Strangler (1973) and the series Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974-1975).