When film-maker Jay Scheurle and his buds wanted to have lasers and light-sabers back in the 1970s, they scratched lines directly into their Super-8 film stock. When they wanted to show a robot walker falling down, they used stop-motion animation, painstakingly (well, somewhat painstakingly) posing every split-second of its motion and descent.
This unnamed classic also features King Kong, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Gumby and a few other cult classics in a weird stew of insanity. The Mr. Bill influence is clearly very strong in the claymation and stop-motion sequences — including one disturbing moment where one of the kids makes it look as though he's sliced his arm open. You know, for kicks.
Back in the time of Star Wars and Close Encounters, Space 1999 and BattleStar Galactica, and Mr. Bill, my buddy Rick Pool and I made movies and used brother Jeff as an extra and stunt-man. There was stop-motion, models on wires, and lasers that were hand-scratched into the Super 8 film-stock. Summer fun...