There is a film circa early-mid 80s, it might have been the late 70s.

In the scene there’s a vacuum that comes out of the kitchen cupboard and attacks. I also think the vacuum used its cord to kill a person and it might also have exploded at the end of the scene.

Does anybody know this film? It wasn’t Maximum Overdrive or Pulse.

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    Er... Do you mean a vacuum, or a vacuum cleaner? Commented Jan 1, 2022 at 4:20
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    Partial match could be the abduction of Barry in close encountersbof the third kind. I don't think it's exactly what you described but would be good to tick it off the list... Was there something in Poltergeist with a vacuum cleaner? Not sure...
    – skyjack
    Commented Jan 1, 2022 at 5:20
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    Was it a full-lrngth film? There's an episode of "Tales From The Darkside" called "Hush"; based on a short story of the same name by Zenna Henderson.imdb.com/title/tt0716948/reviews
    – sueelleker
    Commented Jan 1, 2022 at 9:17
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    Humorous partial match with Flying High 2 / Airplane 2 where there is a cupboard on the space shuttle labelled "Danger - Vacuum" and when an incautious Robert Hays opens the cupboard a vacuum cleaner attacks him. (Doesn't match since he survives after a brief struggle.) However, given the movie is a series of gags based on scenes from other films, possibly suggests the original was pre 1982. Commented Jan 1, 2022 at 15:15
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    The vacuum in "Mr. Mom" attacked the baby and exploded when Michael Keaton wrestled with it. Nobody died though.
    – LarsTech
    Commented Jan 1, 2022 at 20:22

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This could be Runaway, a 1984 film starring Tom Selleck.

İİRC there is a scene where household appliances (including a washing machine and hoover) attack the residents of a house.

The plot consists of Tom Selleck working as a cop trying to identify why robot appliances are attacking people.

Will try to find the clip when not on mobile if I can.

  • I think it is not that movie, I do not remember the scene with the vacuum cleaner Commented Jan 1, 2022 at 15:54

One possibility is Airplane II: The Sequel.

There's a short sequence about 23 minutes in, in which Ted Striker is in the shuttle's galley, sees a cupboard marked ‘DANGER VACUUM’, and opens it, only to be attacked by the hose (and upholstery attachment) of a vacuum cleaner. With some effort he manages to push it back into the cupboard and close the doors.

The clip is currently available on YouTube.

That vacuum doesn't kill anyone, but later in the movie:

one character is killed by gas, and two others die when an airlock is opened and they get sucked blown out into space.


Blood sucking vacuums from mars?

I watched a b movie called that. Cant find on the internet. Just VHS video would say mid to late 80s

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    Are you thinking of Over-sexed Rugsuckers from Mars?
    – Valorum
    Commented Nov 18, 2023 at 22:21
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    "Tiny Martians use Earth as a laboratory to try out new life forms. They return after ten million years only to find the human experiment a complete failure. They decide to mate a human with a vacuum cleaner to create a species that will be better at cleaning up after itself. But a programming error by a drunk Martian sends the over-sexed stud-vacuum cleaner on a wild rampage of raping, killing, carnage, and overall bad manners."
    – Valorum
    Commented Nov 18, 2023 at 22:24
  • Already mentioned in comments. Apparently it doesn't really match the description
    – Valorum
    Commented Nov 18, 2023 at 22:27

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