Name That Trauma:: Rick B. on a Giant Yellow Alien Ball

Hi,

While probably a benign little heart-warmer or lesson-imparter which was in no way meant to be unsettling, I’m haunted by a short film shown at summer camp. Reckoning it’s from the mid 70s to very early 80s, as the music was all burping Moog (at least in memory).

The most I can offer is a hazy recreation of a single moment… young girl at her open bedroom window, nighttime, she peers out into the woods and glimpses a large, (yellow?) ball come slowly bounding down the distant hillside, perhaps during high winds or a storm. I feel as though the ball was an alien visitor, maybe even a sinister presence? (And I’ve seen Dark Star, so this isn’t my memory conflating two extraterrestrial balls…)

That’s it. The rest was promptly erased by hikes, horseback, and failed attempts at leather-work. Hopefully enough for somebody to go on, any relief will be most welcome, with thanks in advance!

Cheers,
Rick B.

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Chuckles72
Chuckles72
5 days ago

I swear that I can picture this one and have been digging around to try to figure it out but have come up with nothing. Kind of driving me crazy.

Brother Bill
Brother Bill
5 days ago

This really sounds like oddball 1972 alien invasion movie “The Cremators” about a giant rolling fireball running over everybody? Check out the trailer and see if it triggers a memory

Rock Belmont
Rock Belmont
4 days ago

Brother Bill — fantastic trailer, never heard of that flick. While my memory is cloudy, I do recall the film being a short. Very much had the McGraw-Hill / Weston Woods feel of other filmstrips shown in school around that time. Thanks for taking a swing. And Chuckles72, I sympathize with your frustration… I know I didn’t imagine this thing!