Tuesday, October 25, 2016

31 TV Shows for 31 Days of Halloween Season: Day 25

Series: Kolchak: The Night Stalker

Episode: “Horror in the Heights”, in which elderly people in Chicago’s Roosevelt Heights are being mysteriously murdered, and our favorite paranormal investigative reporter, Carl Kolchak, discovers that a Hindu demon called the Raksasha is to blame. Our favorite Hammer Studio screenwriter, Jimmy Sangster, wrote the topical script (with rewrites by future Sopranos bard David Chase) that deals with the squalid conditions of the Heights’ residents (which include the great comedian Phil Silvers). They just assume that the horrible droves of rats and anti-Semites that plague their neighborhood are responsible for killing their friends. The portrayals of the Jewish populace are a bit broad, but this is still a pointed episode that demands we stop throwing our elderly away with the trash. And, of course, Darren McGavin. Darren McGavin forever.
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