I vaguely remember an old black and white movie with things that looked like lampshades. The lampshades would settle on a persons head and they would start bleeding and die. Anybody know the movie?

  • Hi, welcome to SF&F! How long ago did you see the movie? On TV or in a theatre?
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  • TV and I was a child. I'm 60 now. So around 50 years ago.
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    Commented Apr 9, 2019 at 22:07
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"Not of this Earth" (1957)

Roger Corman's 1957 film included, among other things, a flying alien shaped like a lampshade that lands on Dr. Rochelle's head and kills him, with blood pooling out. A fuller synopsis may be found on Wikipedia.

Not of this Earth

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    Awesome special effects. Commented Apr 10, 2019 at 1:00
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    That's the world's tiniest gif. I feel like I'm gonna break it by accident.
    – Valorum
    Commented Apr 10, 2019 at 7:59
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    Seems like a prototype for what would become the xenomorph's egg layer Commented Apr 10, 2019 at 14:16
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    @Valorum - I tried larger dimensions first, but had to play around for a while with tradeoffs of size, dithering, bit depth, and noise to get it under SE's 2 MiB image limit. (Heh, I remember when, back during belt-onion days, a 2 MiB GIF would have seemed enormous, and a GiF of these approximate dimensions could be considered remarkable solely for other reasons.) Btw, your edit actually did break 2 links by accident. :P (IMDB link got malformed, and WP link got hidden entirely -- I've fixed both.)
    – Jacob C.
    Commented Apr 10, 2019 at 18:44
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    What is this, a gif for ants?
    – Valorum
    Commented Apr 10, 2019 at 18:58

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