The original \"Kolchak\" TV series had a hit or miss approach. Some of the better episodes such as \"The Spanish Moss Murders\", \"The Zombie\", \"The Vampire\" captured the right elements that made the first TV movie go over so well with just a hint of camp. This episode is poorly written with an awful looking monster even for 1974. While I enjoyed the show I remember when I first saw this pathetic and anemic episode wondering how the show could carry on for another 20 plus episodes. It didn\'t precisely because the worst episodes of the show had a tendancy to fall into the same pattern. Even the worst though was redeemed by the acting of McGavin and Oakland two pros that probably had to slog through worse material (although how anything could be worse than \"The Werewolf\" is beyond me).
Even Eric Braeden looks embarrassed to be in this episode. McGavin doesn\'t look much better but he had the sense to camp it up a bit.