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Name That Trauma :: Reader bdwilcox on Satanic Sub-Flooring

July 27th, 2010 by aunt john · 7 Comments

O.K., here’s one that scarred me in my youth and after 25 years I’ve never seen a mention of it again, anywhere.

It was in the ‘80s, cable T.V. when you had the remote control tethered with the long cable, a row of a gazillion buttons, and a lever to switch button levels (and to jam the buttons so you could watched the scrambled Playboy channel in the hopes of seeing a wavy boob.)

My folks went out for the evening so it was wavy boob time. I flipped on the T.V. and it went directly to HBO, Showtime or Cinemax where I caught just the very tail end of a movie. But those few moments would scar me for the rest of my life. It was a typical ‘80s low-budget horror flick where the person at the end was like, “Oh it’s all over now” or, “It was all a dream” when, of course, you knew it wasn’t.

As soon as they said it, right behind them the floorboards erupted; fire and smoke belched from the hole and you could hear the screaming of souls in torment. From the hole rose a terrifying demon, which grabbed the person from behind and sank back into the abyss. As they disappeared back into the hole, the floorboards went back into place perfectly as if nothing had happened and then the credits rolled. At the least, I was impressed with the demon’s flooring skills.

Anyone ever see a low-budget ‘80s horror flick with this ending?


UNK SEZ: That sounds like the ending of WES CRAVEN‘s 1981 movie DEADLY BLESSING which is woefully not available on DVD. From what I’ve heard that particular bit was not directed by WES himself but added on by producers after he finished the film. I’m told that in the U.K. DEADLY BLESSING was released without that over-the-top supernatural close.

DEADLY BLESSING is one of my earliest theatrical horror experiences and I have to admit, that ending, directed by WES or not, got lil’ Unk good. It doesn’t really fit with the rest of the film but it sure flipped me out anyway. I tried to find a clip of that scene on YouTube but had no luck. I did scrounge up a few blurry screenshots, I hope they help!

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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Amanda By NightNo Gravatar // Jul 27, 2010 at 10:34 am

    I thought of Deadly Blessing too!

    I adore that movie!

  • 2 mitchNo Gravatar // Jul 27, 2010 at 11:51 am

    I love it too, if any film deserves a DVD release, it’s Deadly Blessing!

  • 3 jamesleeNo Gravatar // Jul 27, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    The Deadly Blessing is available at  on dvd.  But it is in PAL  all region format.  Now several years ago I bought a cheap Apex dvd player at Wal-mart for $49 dollars.   Low and behold it plays every type of dvd.  So I have the Pal version of Deadly Blessing and it looks beautiful in 16:9 widscreen.  Also it has commentary with Wes Craven.   So if anyone out there still owns the Wal-mart Apex dvd player it is as good as gold.

  • 4 FatherOfTearsNo Gravatar // Jul 27, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    Yep, had to be “Deadly Blessing”.  BTW, check out what happens to a pre-“Basic Instinct” Sharon Stone: 

  • 5 bdwilcoxNo Gravatar // Jul 28, 2010 at 12:29 am

    A-ha! That’s it! Just the pictures alone are enough to invoke the terrible fear that bubbles up from childhood traumas.  Man, I wish someone had that last scene online.   My DVD player won’t play PAL video and I need catharsis. 🙁

  • 6 Chuckles72No Gravatar // Jul 28, 2010 at 11:49 am

    @FatherOfTears – Man, Sharon Stone was really gorgeous back then.  She was still fairly hot by the time Basic Instinct came out but when she was younger she was a full-on superfox.

  • 7 FatherOfTearsNo Gravatar // Jul 28, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    @Chuckles72-Yes she was.  In fact the only major clips of “Deadly Blessing” on YouTube are scenes with Sharon.  I haven’t found the final scene with Maren Jensen (Athena from the 1978 Battlestar Galactica) getting pulled under the floor.

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