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Name That Trauma :: Reader Julian D.’s Fiancé on Fleshy Disc Throwing Aliens

May 2nd, 2009 by aunt john · 7 Comments

Alright guys, after telling my fiancé about the website and how you guys found my trauma, she wonders if you guys can find her trauma…

A movie about an alien who hunts humans and throws these strange discs at the humans (they’re almost fleshy discs) and when discs hit, they suck the humans dry and then he hangs the humans in an outhouse or a barn or something!…

Any help??

UNK SEZ: Dear Julian, The movie your fiance must be talking about is 1980’s WITHOUT WARNING (some might suggest that she has also described 1987’s PREDATOR, a movie that has been frequently accused of ripping off WITHOUT WARNING.) It starred genre veterans JACK PALANCE and MARTIN LANDAU (both of ‘82s ALONE IN THE DARK) and featured an early performance by DAVID CARUSO.

WITHOUT WARNING has built quit a reputation over the years, much of which might be due to the fact that it has yet to have a proper release on either VHS or DVD. As a kid I remember a friend of mine’s dad took him to see this one and ya know what? I’m still jealous! (Now that I think of it, that was the same kid whose dad took him to see DON’T GO IN THE HOUSE, some guys get all the luck!) This one might be a hard one to track down but here are some clips from the Youtubes if it helps….

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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 darkcrash17No Gravatar // May 2, 2009 at 8:48 am

    OMG I remember that commercial.  MUST find this, even if it’s just a bootleg.  Jack Palance, Martin Landau and Cameron Mitchell?  from the director of Satan’s Cheerleaders and Black Shampoo?  Good lord.  Thank you for the memory.  Guess we now know where Predator came from….

  • 2 darkcrash17No Gravatar // May 2, 2009 at 8:52 am


  • 3 FatherOfTearsNo Gravatar // May 2, 2009 at 10:31 am

    WAY back in the early 80’s the parents got a cable hookup and this was on HBO.  That whole sequence where Jack is pulling the “living Frisbee” out of his leg will be forever burned in my mind!    Oh, I  think Larry Stortch of “F-Troop” is in this too!

  • 4 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // May 2, 2009 at 11:30 am

    I just read on Imdb that the same actor who played the alien in “Without Warning” also played the predator! His name was Kevin Peter Hall and get this, he also played “mutant bear” in Prophecy! He was 7′ 2 1/2!!!

  • 5 mauganraNo Gravatar // May 2, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    This is Julian’s fiance, Christine.  I can’t believe you guys found it! Ive been wondering about this movie for years!  I so wish it was on DVD.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  • 6 GrokensteinNo Gravatar // May 3, 2009 at 5:15 am

    Easy to find boots on iOffer, or a torrent if you’re in Cinemageddon. And indeed, it’s very much “Predator” minus the testosterone and the big Hollywood budget.

    I remember the discs slapping onto a windshield, and looking like tomato slices with teeth. Attack of the killer tomato slices! And yet, they bobbed through the air as they zoomed in on their target, reminding me of the little critters of “It Conquered The World.”

    Larry Storch’s bit as “The Scoutmaster” is mindblowing for both the embarrassing get-up (some men must never, ever wear shorts) and the no-budget setting (a scrubby trickle of a creek–seriously, the fishing spot in “The Incredible Melting Man” is awesome lush scenery by comparison); for some reason, that stayed in my mind lo all these many years.

  • 7 RedMenaceNYCNo Gravatar // May 4, 2009 at 11:44 am

    I remember this being on HBO constantly when I was a kid, and I think I watched it every time.  When I was on vacation a few years ago, when I asked my friend why he was late for dinner, he said, “Sorry, I watching this bizarre movie on cable about this flying hairy killer pizza tick things, and I got sucked in.” Naturally, I had to cancel any remaining dinner plans and go back and watch it. What I find amazing about this ultra-low budget campfest is that it stars not one, but TWO future Oscar winners (Jack Palance & Martin Landau)  PLUS a future Golden Globe winner (David Caruso, whose ultra white short-short clad legs are perhaps the scariest thing in the film!).

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