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Name That Trauma :: Reader Marcel on a Building-Dropping Bug

November 2nd, 2008 by aunt john · 2 Comments

Reading the article with AMANDA BY NIGHT gave me chills since, for a long time, I have been searching for something that was VERY similar to the Prisoner’s ROVER

When I was a kid (in the 80s) I rented a VHS tape that at the beginning had these previews and one was like this:

In the middle of the desert a man in a suit, laying on the sand, desperately drags himself at a slow pace, like something was about to attack him (but there is nothing around!). Then a quick cut shows us a big city downtown and a horrible noise. Suddenly, in the best HARRYHAUSEN stop-animation fashion we see flying a HUGE giant mechanical bug (shaped like a fly) that gets on top of one of the skyscrapers and yanks the whole thing out with debris falling all over. Cut back to the guy in the desert, cut to the giant fly with the building hanging between her legs, cut the guy, horrible sound getting more intense, cut to the point of view of the bug flying over dunes, cut to the guy hearing the noise, the bug gets on top of him and drops the building…on him.

It was horrific. I remember rewinding it and watching it over and over again. To this day it haunts me to know what that was about.

AUNTIE SEZ: Marcel, you have us stumped! If any of you dear readers know the name of this freaky fly flick, please leave it in the comments or email it to us at

Tags: Name That Trauma!

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Amanda By NightNo Gravatar // Nov 2, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    See, I TOLD you Rover was scary, it even inspires chills for other Kindertraumas!

    I have been wracking my brain over this one. I wanted to throw out Damnation Alley although I doubt that’s the film (I don’t think I’ve actually seen the whole film), but Marcel’s description made me feel that same post apocalyptic vibe that DA had.
    Also, try this website:

    I just stumbled across it and it might have a review of this movie, which I’m dying to know the name of!

  • 2 aunt johnNo Gravatar // Nov 3, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    Rich from :::KILL UGLY RADIO::: emailed this tip:

    It was actually a very short film that was shown rather often on the late, great show Night Flight, on USA in the eighties.

    I keep thinking it was called High Rise, but perhaps I’m wrong.

    There’s a guy that sells bootlegs of the show somewhere on a Yahoo group devoted to all things Night Flight.

    Hope that helps, somewhat.

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