Name That Trauma :: Fiji Mermaid of Sideshow Cinema on Auto Attackers

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!


AUNT JOHN SEZ:
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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unkle lancifer
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10 years ago

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!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089143/

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.

FijiMermaid
FijiMermaid
10 years ago

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.

unkle lancifer
Admin
10 years ago

Fiji,

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…

http://bit.ly/gDiCwI

FijiMermaid
FijiMermaid
10 years ago

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

Meep Parker
10 years ago

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!

unkle lancifer
Admin
10 years ago

Meep,

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!

Thomas Beiter
10 years ago

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.