I believe it was sometime during the 70/80s I would have seen a movie/TV show with the following elements. I could be combining several shows/movies together. I am unsure.

1) There is a motor-home crossing a desert. I am under the impression it is a post apocalyptic desert and the occupants are attempting to survive.

2) These people - possibly the occupants of the motor-home find refuge among others. Then the group gets a attacked/or captured by some sort of beast like creature. They have to escape, their escape must go around a pit of lava/fire. They only have one set of glasses to protect their eyes and guy wears them and leads them around this pit and lava/fire to safety.

3) There is a cave. In a cave is a black shiny rock. Someone goes into the cave and gets all weird and shaky. I am under the impression the rock is from an alien world.

4) There is a guy traveling he comes to an edge of a swamp a great nasty beast arises and they make small talk and the beast - made of garbage (?) does not kill him.

Could be I am combining some movies/tv together. I was a child when I saw these shows, information gets rewritten and fuzzy when one ages.

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    Elements of this sound like Neon City
    – Valorum
    Commented Mar 3, 2015 at 22:47
  • And the black rock reminds me of Evolution
    – Valorum
    Commented Mar 3, 2015 at 22:48
  • Some of it reminds me of Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet. Commented Mar 4, 2015 at 0:44
  • When you say motor home, do you mean an actual, literal, motor-home (something you'd see on the road now, like a Winnebago), or something more futuristic? I'm thinking along the lines of Ark 2 or Damnation Alley, though it's clearly not the latter and I don't remember enough about the former to say.
    – Joelogon
    Commented Mar 4, 2015 at 2:56
  • I was under the vast memory impression it was a Winnebago, but that data could be flawed. I have watched Damnation Alley and that was not it. Currently I have been working on the Ark 2 episodes to see if one of them correlates. I will check out Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet, Evolution, and Neon City.
    – jbjork
    Commented Mar 4, 2015 at 18:54

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This sounds like multiple episodes of Ark II, an American TV series. They made 15x 30 minute episodes in the late 1970s. My best guess is the "Black Rock" best describes episode 5, Omega:

The ARK encounters a community enslaved by a sentient super-computer housed in a black monolith. Samuel succumbs to the computer's control, jeopardizing Jonah's plan to deactivate it.


Picture of the Ark II Picture of the Ark II

Could this be the "Black Rock"? Could this be the "Black Rock"?

  • I have been suspicious for sometime that it was from Ark 2, we have been watching the episodes. I think we will skip directly to episode 5, Omega. Though the black rock was small, portable, I think it gave someone super powers or something or transported them. Ark II would also make sense as it was a kids show and I doubt my parents would let me watch any adult like scary sci-fi/post apocalyptic shows at the time.
    – jbjork
    Commented Mar 4, 2015 at 18:58
  • I seem to recall another similar concept show with a different looking RV thingy. They had a motorcycle too IIRC.
    – Jim2B
    Commented Mar 4, 2015 at 20:06
  • The other show I'm thinking of was probably Damnation Alley as mentioned above - the vehicle looks right.
    – Jim2B
    Commented Mar 4, 2015 at 20:34

The other show from that era that featured a motor home (an actual Winnebago) was Shazam! (as with Ark 2, also a Filmation show), though it wasn't post-apocalyptic survival, more like superhero do-gooders roaming the land.

No idea if any of the plotlines match what you're looking for.

Here's the intro:


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