My memory is vague but more than 20 years ago there was a horror movie in tv where there were "flying spheres with saws" which killed people by cutting them, and IIRC there was a kid/teen with a gun who shoot at these. Never could find it in my searchs. Any idea which movie could be?

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    Sounds like one of the Phantasms
    – Radhil
    Sep 18, 2018 at 1:21

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This is almost certainly one of the Phantasm movies. The thing you describe is called a Sentinel. The sentinels are usually silver spheres that fly through the air, approach the head of a person, then two prongs come out to stick into the front of the forehead. Then the drill comes out and drills through the front of the forehead, actively pumping out blood as it works.

Here is a sentinel in flight with the two prongs out to stick into a forehead: silver sentinel

I think in Phantasm 2 we see the villain ( The Tall Man) has a Golden sentinel with saws that come out, but generally it’s the prongs, drill, and pump. If you remember a saw, it probably looked like this:

golden sentinel

As an aside, the first Phantasm (which you may be describing, although Phantasm 3 also has a kid that shoots them) was recently remastered by JJ Abrams (who turns out to be a huge fan of the series and created the character Phasma in the new Star Wars movies as an homage) and is about to be in select theatres around the country as the director Don Coscarelli uses it to raise awareness of his autobiography. If you want to see a remastered version of the original in the theatre, this is your chance.

All images acquired from http://the-singularity.wikia.com/wiki/Sentinel_Sphere

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