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Name That Trauma:: Reader Armando P. on Junk Yard Killer Robots & an Infected Thumb

July 16th, 2013 by unkle lancifer · 6 Comments

I recently heard about your site through one of Geeknation’s podcasts and was hoping to submit, for your approval, a “Name That Trauma.”

The trauma– that I can’t get out of my head after 20 something years– is a film where a group of people are held up in a junkyard (?), where the survivors are trying to figure out who is human and who is a killer robot, I think. Anyway, my trauma is a scene in the film where each survivor cuts their finger to prove their humanity. One of the survivors cuts his thumb too deep and it gets infected. That scene traumatized me just because the dirty and sweaty feel of it all. If you can help me find out the name of the film I will be eternally grateful. Kindertrauma, you’re my only hope.

UNK SEZ: I sadly do NOT know the correct answer for this one! I was hoping it might be MUTANT HUNT (1987) if only to justify my posting a video from MUTANT HUNT. Oh well, we can still watch a scene from MUTANT HUNT as we try to identify the correct answer can’t we? Yes, we can! MUTANT HUNT used to be on Netflix Streaming but then it ran away! Come back, little Sheba!

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 knobgobblerNo Gravatar // Jul 16, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    I’m not often gay, but when I am, I am very gay for hunky guys in tight white underpants.

  • 2 stevil1981No Gravatar // Jul 16, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Been a real long time since I’ve seen it but this sounds very like Crash And Burn

  • 3 stevil1981No Gravatar // Jul 16, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Okay, re-watching this movie right now and can confirm 100% this is the movie you’re looking for. Just watched the scene you mentioned. I always liked this movie and although it is a bit slow moving there’s a strong feeling of menace throughout, holds up well.

  • 4 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Jul 16, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Yay Stevil1981!!! Excellent work! How is it I have never seen this one? I have to get on that. It looks awesome and then some.

    Knob, I’ve always been partial to drugged out mutant cyborgs with extend-y arms! They are great for dusting ceiling fans!!!

  • 5 FilmFatherNo Gravatar // Jul 17, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Okay, so Crash and Burn looks awesome. And it’s available on Netflix. Directed by Charles Band AND featuring Bill Moseley? *adds to queue*

    Though the cutting-the-finger-to-prove-their-humanity sounds a wee bit lifted from Carpenter’s The Thing, no?

  • 6 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Jul 17, 2013 at 4:44 pm


    It’s on Netflix? That’s good news!

    I thought of THE THING too. For a while I was wondering if maybe that movie was just misinterpreted in this NTT. THE FACULTY lifts that “prove your humanity” bit too.

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