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Spider Robot  
  Scuttling insect robots.  

Maniacal bad guy played by KISS' Gene Simmons creates scuttling insect robots with acid-tipped stingers; they chase Tom Selleck. What more do you need to know?


(Killer-Spider-Robots attack Tom Selleck in Runaway)
From Runaway, by Michael Crichton.
Published by Tri-Star Pictures in 1985
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These little guys were pretty scary - and they worked in packs.

See this video (*spoiler alert!) for creepy details.

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