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March 21st, 2011 by aunt john · 7 Comments

I have a vague memory of a made for T.V. movie from the ’80s. The opening really freaked me out for some reason, it’s still a scene I remember, but how precise my memory is I can’t say.

The beginning of the movie has a young mother with two kids, one is a baby I think, and they are driving through a bad part of town. The car breaks down or has a flat tire and she pulls into an empty, dark parking lot. After sitting there for a few minutes, a large group of thugs show up and attacks the family and starts smashing the car apart like the bullies did in CHRISTINE. I believe they end up killing the mom and the kids… what happens after that I have no idea.

If anyone can dig up a title for this and a clip even that would spectacular! Thanks!

I have no idea what this movie is, but I do know that Fiji Mermaid runs THE go-to spot for hard-to-find soundtracks over at the awesome SIDESHOW CINEMA.

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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Mar 21, 2011 at 11:45 am

    I know this is probably NOT the answer but the first movie this NTT made me think of was “Final Jeopardy” with Richard Thomas & Mary Crosby from 1985!


    It’s about this nice couple who get stranded and terrorized in the big city. I have not seen it since it’s first and repeat airings way back in the day but I think it really stuck with me because when I saw it I had just moved to the city myself. As I recall it’s really over the top and presents city life almost like “Escape from New York” or “After Hours”.

    Sadly, I can’t find much on Final Jeopardy anywhere & now I’m kinda dying to see it again.

  • 2 FijiMermaidNo Gravatar // Mar 21, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Unkle Lancifer: Ha, that sounds like a fun flick, but doesn’t sound like the one I’m looking for. That “Final Jeopardy” overview sounds funny though. “… a bunch of murderous criminals with names like DOA, Ice and Slash”. It must have taken those writers about 10 min to come up wit those gang names.

  • 3 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Mar 21, 2011 at 5:44 pm


    I know! I have to track that one down. It was the craziest most paranoid movie. They just take a wrong turn and are harassed by gangs and thugs for hours with no police anywhere. Oh, how I miss the days before cell phones! Somebody has it on ioffer, I may just have to get it. the dvd cover is too cool…


  • 4 FijiMermaidNo Gravatar // Mar 22, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Ha, that cover is awesome! The plot sounds pretty great too. I’d love to see that flick.

  • 5 Meep ParkerNo Gravatar // Mar 22, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Wish I knew this one. It seems really familiar to me.

    Final Jeopardy has really stuck with me over the years as well. I use to totally love that one!

  • 6 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Mar 22, 2011 at 10:15 pm


    I’m so glad I’m not the only person who remembers Final Jeopardy! I do remember making a point of watching it when it repeated and then I never saw it again. John boy Walton with a mustache is worth it alone!

  • 7 Thomas BeiterNo Gravatar // Mar 27, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Final Jeopardy was a made-for-tv movie, so the language was very suppressed. My favorite line is the thug threatening Richard Thomas, “I’m gonna make you my main squeeze!” Great scene when Richard Thomas opens a steam valve in the thug’s face.

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