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Name That Trauma :: Reader Craig on Grisly Graverobbers

October 24th, 2011 by aunt john · 5 Comments

I’ve run this one by the folks at IMDb a while back and I don’t think they came up with the correct answer. This is probably the best spot to solve it because I THINK it might be a made-for-TV movie, and you guys are so good at solving those.

Back in the early ’80s there was something that played on TV that I was only able to catch a small bit of. We were at my grandparents and they only had antennae TV here in Canada, so it couldn’t have been too avant garde. It also played within a fairly early time bracket (late afternoon or early evening) so that’s what makes me think it was possibly a replay of a made-for-TV movie movie.

Anyway, there was a scene where two men are digging up a grave with a lady in it. They were interested in taking the ring she had on her finger. As they’re doing so, she wakes up, there’s a REALLY awkward moment shared among them, and then one of the men slams a pic-ax (or something) into her chest. I was so young and the recollection is so foggy, but it seems to me that she was wearing a gold turban or dress. I also remember my grandmother commenting on how good she looked considering she’d been buried in a grave, so she wasn’t a rotted corpse. I also don’t think she had any fangs because I never once thought she was a vampire (but it sure sounds like vampire stuff).

Any help on this one?

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Eric EddyNo Gravatar // Oct 24, 2011 at 11:17 am

    That sounds like a scene from Return of the Living Dead Part 2.

  • 2 Eric EddyNo Gravatar // Oct 24, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    I’m probably wrong, though. lol

  • 3 Jami JoAnne RussellNo Gravatar // Oct 24, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    I’ve tried googling up the key words involving grave robbing, women, and pick axe, best I’ve got is this list –

    http://www.listal.com/movies/grave+robbing

    And lots of stuff about Burke & Hare plus some new comedy movie Simon Pegg is doing where he plays one of those two. (How the heck do you make a comedy about grave robbers turned murderers?)

  • 4 Binrow The HereticNo Gravatar // Oct 24, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Kinda sounds like Hammer’s BLOOD FROM THE MUMMY’S TOMB.

    Or maybe a different adaptation of Stoker’s “The Jewel of Seven Stars”?

  • 5 craigNo Gravatar // Oct 24, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    So far BLOOD FROM THE MUMMY’S TOMB might be the closest guest; I’ll have to check it out and see. I was thinking it may have been a MFTV movie or episode of a forgotten TV show.

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