Kolchak: The Night Stalker

Season 1 Episode 2

The Zombie

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Sep 20, 1974 on ABC
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A voodoo priestess animates her dead grandson to take revenge on the gangsters that killed him.

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  • A deadly problem keeps arising. Carl makes it his problem.

    Kolchak stumbles on a situation where a zombie is stalking and killing a certain group of people.

    Decent episode with a pretty straight-forward plot.

    Embodies the Kolchak series plot: Carl finds an unbelievable story. His editor tells him to get ahold of himself and not to write a crazy story. Police tell him to shut up and warn him not to upset the public with any crazy stories. Carl puts himself in danger going after the killer.

    It was kind of humorous how a certain character kept popping up in the story. No matter how many put downs he received, he just could not get the message. Kind of like Carl, in a very abstract way.

    As always, Carl get to the bottom of the story but cannot write the full truth about it.moreless
  • Zombies and voodoo!

    The episode begins with the death of a crime syndicate member, Willie Pike, who dies by having his spine snapped by an unseen horror. Kolchak, at first, dosen't investigate it. But, Vincenzo gives Carl a chance for an exclusive on a police raid at the Russo brothers farm. The catch is that Kolchak has to take along the niece of an INS bigwig. Afterwards, the police squad, led by Captain Leo Winwood, won't let the press view the bodies. After a visit to the morgue, Kolchak learns that both Willie Pike and the Russo brothers both died from having their spines snapped. Another body, a Haitian named Francois Edmonds, was brought in that had been previously buried. The weird part is that he died from .44 bullets and he was bleeding chicken blood out of his ear. After investigating, and witnessing Francois Edmonds walking around and killing, Kolchak learns that voodoo is involved and that Edmonds is a zombie. Kolchak discovers that Edmonds' mother is controlling Edmonds and killing everyone who was involved with her son's murder, including Captain Winwood. She has also targeted Kolchak because of his investigating. Kolchak later hunts down the zombie and uses salt, candles, needle and thread to kill it. This was a pretty exciting and creative episode with a touch of humor.moreless
  • Pretty good episode and a well developed plot.

    A guy that is involved with voodoo and black magic gets killed and comes back from the dead. He is brought back by his "auntie" and goes after the ones responsible for his death and whoever this "auntie" wants dead as well. The scenes where the zombie kills people are pretty funny because it looks like a wrestler giving someone a back braker. It is fun watching Kolchak avoid the zombie and then finally getting him. All in all a very good episode.moreless
Charles Aidman

Charles Aidman

Captain Leo Winwood

Guest Star

Joseph Sirola

Joseph Sirola

Benjamin Sposato

Guest Star

Val Bisoglio

Val Bisoglio

Victor Friese

Guest Star

John Fiedler

John Fiedler

Gordy "The Ghoul" Spangler

Recurring Role

Carol Ann Susi

Carol Ann Susi

Monique Marmelstein

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Kolchak: (opening narration) Popular folklore would have us believe that there exist in the underworld ruthless men who fear nothing. This story should debunk that myth.

    • Vincenzo: Good morning, Carl. Did you get those extra pencils you wanted?
      Kolchak: Oh, yeah.
      Vincenzo: Listen, I read your Willie Pike story.
      Kolchak: Oh, well, you must have taken up speed-reading. I just typed it.
      Vincenzo: Oh, it's very good. Really, Carl.
      Kolchak: You've got it upside down.
      Vincenzo: Oh.
      Kolchak: What do you want of me?
      Vincenzo: I'm starving. Let's get down to Manny's and grab a cup of coffee and a piece of Danish.
      Kolchak: The last time that you invited me out for coffee and Danish, I ended up in Sioux Falls, Iowa, covering a hardware convention. And the time before that-
      Vincenzo: Well, listen. Can't a man take a coworker to coffee without being suspect?
      Kolchak: Coworker? The last time you called me a coworker, I spent three days rewriting the obituaries because Charlie Creach was out on one of his benders! Coworker? I had no coworker! I was the coworker!

    • Kolchak: Captain Leo Winwood and I had a relationship that was long and bloody, like the Crusades, only without the chivalry.

    • Kolchak: Then came the part that makes the news what it is today. Getting pictures of the bodies.

    • Kolchak: Nine a.m., August 16, the official police briefing. As foolish a game as any Gordy the Ghoul could make up.

    • (about an informer)
      Kolchak: The Monk was of a lower order. He had never taken the vows of poverty or silence.

    • Kolchak: I saw Victor Friese get his back snapped! I heard it crunch!! ...and the man who did it was dead - dead - and had been dead for over two weeks!
      Vincenzo: Well I envy him - at least he's getting some sleep!

    • Winwood: Now we think the body was exhumed by some cult. However, I didn't want to speculate as to the purpose. After all, these are Haitians. They're people from a foreign country.
      Kolchak: Yeah, that's right, especially Francois Edmonds. He, sir, is from Hell itself.

    • Winwood: And how is this stiff walking, Kolchak? Who's pulling the strings?
      Kolchak: Well, I don't know exactly, but I've been doing some research. It's voodoo. Francois Edmonds has been turned into a zombie. Now, the process that activates him has something to do with chicken blood and corn kernels...

  • NOTES (2)

    • This is one of only two episodes that Jack Grinnage doesn't appear in.

    • This was the last episode that Paul Playdon produced - supposedly over conflicts with Darren McGavin who was unofficially doing "production" work. Cy Chermak came in at Universal's request. Chermak for whatever reasons wasn't happy with the dynamic of the office cast and Carol Ann Susi only makes two brief appearances after this episode, probably because she was contracted rather then any desire by Chermak to keep her on. Chermak was probably also responsible for adding Miss Emily, although she doesn't appear until a few episodes later.