I'm looking for a short movie, probably from the 80s, I remember having watched when I was a kid... It was on a VHS (yes, I'm started to be old already), a compilation of several "horror" short movies... One of them was about the Hiroshima story if I remember well, on the same VHS...

In that short movie, all I can remember is that at some point, some domestic devices came to life, and started a coordinated rebellion against humans... Probably they managed to modify themselves too because at some point, there was some kind of robotic spiders attacking a man (the main character) in some toilets...

Any help would be much appreciated...

  • Note that those spiders might have inspired Stargate Replicators, because in my memories, they were very similar... But, Stargate didn't exist yet, for sure, and it really was a short movie (like ~20 min at max, something like that) – cedbeu Mar 5 '16 at 6:18
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    Ah, that's what the world is coming to with the Internet of Things. – Deer Hunter Mar 5 '16 at 8:38
  • ah ah, funny comment :) – cedbeu Mar 5 '16 at 8:48
  • @SJuan76 I had a look on a few sequences and it's definitely not my movie... I think mine is less action oriented, also, I think there is way less actors (not even totally sure there are other actors than the main character...). And it's definitely a short movie. Thanks for your suggestion :) – cedbeu Mar 5 '16 at 19:40
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    Och... and I just now see that someone mentioned Runaway already. Ah well, I'll let my answer ride in case someone else is looking for a robot spider movie. – FuzzyBoots Mar 7 '16 at 17:53

Robot spiders and rogue appliances brings to mind Runaway, a 1984 Tom Selleck vehicle where he is part of a police division that deals with malfunctioning robots and other automated appliances. Normally, it's a boring job, but they come upon some actual killer robots. Differences are that the robots are being directed by someone else and it's set in the future (which your question doesn't seem to suggest).

Big possible match, according to the TVTropes entry (emphasis mine), "Luther finds the Tracking Device Ramsay planted on the templates and leaves it on the toilet roll of a hospital bathroom. He also leaves one of his spiderbots which kills forensic officer Sally and a SWAT guard."

German movie poster

Spiderbot image from this article:
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Trailer (if I'm interpreting the actions on-screen correctly, the toilet attack is in here)


At 95 minutes, Pulse is a relatively short film, and it came out in 1988 so fits the timeframe.

According to the reviews and summaries, it's about an evil electromagnetic pulse that causes household appliances to come to life and attack the occupants.

Found via the TV Tropes page Attack of the Killer Whatevers


Not likely the movie you're thinking of, but the only thing coming to mind is Maximum Overdrive. It's based on a Stephen King short story where devices come to life after Earth passes through the tail of a comet.

  • Nope, definitely not this one, though the Stephen King-like atmosphere is a common point – cedbeu Mar 5 '16 at 6:13
  • I don't know the Stephen King story, but the idea of domestic appliances coming to life and rebelling against humans reminds me of Clifford Simak's 1950 short story "Skirmish" aks "Bathe Your Bearings in Blood!". – user14111 Mar 5 '16 at 6:31
  • Ow, it wasn't a Stephen King story, I'm pretty sure... Just the anguishing atmosphere makes me think about that. I don't know Simak story, maybe it's related, I'll read it – cedbeu Mar 5 '16 at 6:41

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