A small town is terrorized by an unknown stranger who kidnaps and abuses little girls. When her only child is kidnapped right in front of her, the schoolbus driver begins the desperate ... See full summary »
Gary Carlos Cervantes
Three eerie tales based on actual events are enacted in this film. First, three college students play a prank on a geeky classmate, who is accidentally shot and killed. His vengeful mother ... See full summary »
Construction workers building an airstrip on a small Pacific Island encounter an ancient non-material lifeform which has lived in the ruins of an ancient temple for millenia. The entity is of course malevolent and commandeers the earthmoving equipment to the general detriment of all concerned. Written by
Bill Leue <email@example.com>
The film later gained renewed interest and ultimately cult status when it was the subject of in-jokes on both Beavis and Butthead and The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien. See more »
The crew is located on an island several miles off the coast of Africa, but in a scene where the bulldozer is lurking in the bushes, traffic can be seen moving along a highway in the background See more »
When I saw the vote record for this title on this site, I was dumbfounded. 32 (the largest number) out of 198 people gave it only a 1!
I remember this film from when it first aired. It was one of the ABC MOVIE OF THE WEEK projects. These were short (2 hours with commercials) films produced with TV series level budgets. This film was based on Theodore Sturgeon's short story about a machine that becomes "possessed" by an electromagnetic alien life-form and turns on its operators.
Because of the budget restraints, these films had to rely more on story than showmanship.
Young Orson Wells would have been right at home working on a project like this. Filmed entirely on location. This film was a thriller where an ordinary object we can take for granted becomes an object of fear a twist Edgar Allen Poe often used in his works. The film is heavily altered from TS's original because of the low budget. The background story of his version of the fall of Atlantis was unnecessary to the plot, so a different and simpler opening sequence was filmed: a meteor crashing into the Earth 100,000 years ago. John Carpenter would use a similar conceptual opening again years later in his remake of THE THING. This film is a story not a masterpiece just a story. And I felt it was a good one.
For that matter, so did most of my friends at the time felt the same way -- it was a popular movie.
How I wish wish wish this was released on DVD!
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