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Sandy and Greg are two teenage kids going camping with their friends in California. Their plan is to go to the lake in town, and despite warnings from the creepy town gas station owner, Joe Taylor, the kids go camping there and end up separated from each other. Greg and Sandy team up with Taylor to save the town, but unfortunately for them, Taylor is rather eccentric and fixated on hunting down the hostile alien threatening them, and a former Vietnam war veteran, Fred Dobbs, is convinced that Sandy and Greg are the aliens. Written by
***SPOILERS*** Low-budget alien from outer space movie where this moon-headed looking alien has a local community somewhere in middle-America targeted to be hunted down and killed for food and, after the humans are processed and eater,trophies.
Starting off by killing a father and son, Cameron Mitchell & Durby Hinton, who are out camping in the wild than a scoutmaster, Larry Storch,who's team of cub-scouts run for their lives the alien catches a young vacationing couple Tom & Beth, David Caruso & Lynn Theel, all by themselves separated from their two friends Greg & Sandy, Christopher S. Nelson & Tarah Nutter. The alien finishes them off putting away all of it's victims in an abandoned wooden storehouse in the woods. The alien uses these strange looking blood-sucking critters tossing them at it's intended victims like Frisbee's that stick to their bodies sucking the life-blood out of them.
With Greg and Sandy running for their lives and for help at a local bar their looked upon as if their kooks by everyone there but Fred "Sarge" Dobbs, Martin Landou. Sarge not only suffers for a bad case of shell-shock syndrome as a result of his service in the US Army in the Vietnam War but is also suffering from a serious case of paranoia from having encountered the same kind of alien years before and has become known by everyone around as the town lunatic because of it.
With the lights unexpectedly going off at the bar Sarge feels that the aliens are on the attack, using the blackout as their cover, and in a fit of madness shoots the town sheriff as he enters the bar. The local gas station owner Tom Taylor, Jack Palance, who earlier warned both couples not to go down by the lake where the alien was also knows that what Greg & Sandy are saying is true but is a cool and calculating hunter who's in control of his mental faculties, unlike Sarge. Taylor knows what the alien is up to and plans to beat it at it's own game by him being the hunter not, like all the alien's victims, the hunted.
The movie "Without Warning" does hold an unusual amount of tension for a low-budget horror film never letting it's audience get as much as a breather as it slowly moves to it's final confrontation between man and alien in the dark and creepy forest outside of town.
Sarge who's mind had snapped after he shot the sheriff starts to get these wild fears about the aliens taking over the bodies off the towns people. It's then when he almost, in his unstable mental state, prevents Taylor from finally killing the alien with the help of Sandy ,Greg was later killed by one of the Frisbee's, as he dynamited it's storehouse and waited for the alien to show up and enter it to blast it to bits.
With Sarge blowing Taylor's plan by stupidly attacking, and thus alerting, the alien and getting killed for his actions Taylor himself is hit by a number of deadly alien Frisbee's. Taylor knowing that he doesn't have long to live maneuvers, by using himself as a decoy, the alien into the storehouse where Sandy, at a safe distance, set off the dynamite blowing both Taylor and the alien to pieces.
One of the better alien from space movies of the late 1970's and 1980's that does the most with it's very meager budget to come across far better then the more expensive and better advertised like-wise films released back in those days after the success of the 1979 alien from space blockbuster "Alien".
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