This is going to sound ridiculous because I remember so little of it, but when I was a kid (<10) I remember seeing this movie where these people are stuck on a spaceship or space station and are being hunted down and killed by some kind of robot, at least I think it was a robot. I know in the end they manage to get away in an escape pod or something but that's basically all I remember.

I don't think it's Saturn 3, but I could be wrong...

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    How many people? Adults, children? Men and women? Man in suit robot or puppet? Wardrobe of people? American / British / other? When were you < 10? – Chris B. Behrens Mar 21 '15 at 17:05
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    Could this be Disney's The Black Hole? - Killer robot, check, escape pod, check – Valorum Mar 21 '15 at 17:12
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    How long ago were you a kid? – Xantec Mar 21 '15 at 18:03
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    This question describes probably 100 movies, as well as plenty of episodes from Outer Limits, Star Trek, etc. I think it should be closed... – BlueRaja - Danny Pflughoeft Mar 22 '15 at 2:59
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    I notice that the question says that the people are both hunted down and killed and manage to get away in an escape pod. Does that not narrow things down somewhat to the whole zombies in an escape pod genre? Anyway, I'm sure that you've missed two obvious matches. – JdeBP Mar 22 '15 at 17:24

Could this be the low-budget B-movie "Star Wars"?

In a scene near the start, several people on a spaceship are attacked by a large cyborg. Several of the crew then use an escape pod.

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    Har Har Har funny – user16696 Mar 22 '15 at 4:34

The description is very vague, but it reminds me of "The Black Hole" a 1979 Disney-movie (no, not a funny one).

Please check the movie description to see if it's the one you're looking for or provide more details.


Could this be Saturn 3? Killer robot, space station, escape pod.

  • Perfect, thank you! – Mike 2 days ago

Could this be "Space Truckers"? Spaceship, killer robots aplenty, escape pods


Could this be Android (1982)? - Space station, killer robots, escape pods, etc.

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    Are you trying to make a (very humorous) point @Richard? – Jim2B Mar 21 '15 at 22:07
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    @Jim2B - I was tempted to close as "too broad" but I realised that the list of films that fit is actually relatively small. I decided to simply cover all the bases. – Valorum Mar 21 '15 at 22:10
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    @Jim2B: I suspect we are learning just how Richard has acquired so much rep... :-P – FuzzyBoots Mar 22 '15 at 2:51
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    @SeanDuggan - When your target is wide, use a shotgun. – Valorum Mar 22 '15 at 9:56
  • VHS RIP indeed. – Lightness Races in Orbit Mar 22 '15 at 14:43

As I noted in a comment above, Richard has cast his net far too narrowly.

What decade was the questioner <10?

For starters, who is to say that the questioner was "<10" in the 1970s? Xe could have been a kid in the 1960s, in which case xe is obviously talking about the well-known horror movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. It has non-human killers: Killers from the movie 2001 They silently get aboard a space station after a while: Descendents of the killers getting into a space station in the movie 2001 And at the end of the movie, one of them leaves in an escape pod so that there is room for a sequel where he comes back to terrorize again, with more pods and that bloke from another 1970s B-movie franchise:

Not necessarily a robot or an escape pod,then ?

Even setting aside the questioner's restriction to just the zombies in an escape pod genre of horror films, I note that the questioner qualified the question with:

I think it was a robot
So it might have been an alien.

Of course, the archetype killer-alien-on-spaceship-escape-pod story is of course "Rimmerworld" from iconic horror-comedy television series Red Dwarf. (This is not the only such story in Red Dwarf. In the episode "Polymorph" the creature aboard ship is a shape-changer, just like in 2001.) But the questioner was pretty sure, at least more sure than xe was that a robot and an escape pod were involved, that this was a movie.

So we might want to also consider movies that parodied Red Dwarf. One particular parody comes to mind because its attempt to be warm and lighthearted utterly failed. The director made several mistakes, including the one of changing the Rimmer character into a woman:

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And getting Kryten completely wrong: Ridley Scott's poor attempt at Kryten

"or something"

Of course, if the questioner were also unsure that it was even a movie, we of course immediately think of the escape-pods in The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy radio series, which ate Zaphod Beeblebrox in a spaceship, or something:

ASSISTANT ARCTURAN PILOT: That Haggunennon ate you. How did you escape?

ZAPHOD: Ha-ha-ho, no problem. It was a super-evolving species right?


ZAPHOD: It ate me whilst it was playing at being the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal. And then like, seconds later, made the mistake of re-evolving into a really neat little escape capsule.

ASSISTANT ARCTURAN PILOT: It evolved into an escape capsule?!



It could be Project Shadowchaser III aka Shadowchaser III, Project Shadowchaser 3000 and Edge Of Darkness from 1995.

It seems to match all the criteria, it might just be too recent (depending on the askers age).

You can watch the movie here


Could be the kubrik one : 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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    Never heard of it. – Valorum Mar 22 '15 at 18:23
  • That's strange, it's well known. – StoneHearth420 Mar 22 '15 at 18:37

This could be the 1974 film titled Dark Star. These guys are stuck on a ship in space with this weird robot creature that looked like a big blow up beach-ball that was trying to kill them. Eventually they destroy it and it deflates.

Throughout the film the crew also have to talk the ship's AI out of self-destructing, however all fails, the ship self destructs and the remainder of the crew are left floating off though space.

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    As @Richard has pointed out, this question resembles the broad side of a barn. And yet by citing a film in which the crew is not being killed, not by a robot and do not get away in an escape pod, you have... missed it. – Beta Mar 23 '15 at 4:10

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