Name That Trauma :: Reader Colin on Maligned Machinery


When I was in elementary school, I remember our teacher playing a movie (or T.V. special?) for the class. I’m pretty sure this was 1991-92. The movie wasn’t quite scary, but it was bizarre and a little eerie. I also remember being confused, because it seemed to be totally unrelated to anything we were studying in class at the time. My memory of this is very vague, but I can recall some elements of the plot:

Some people live in a town near a swamp or pond, and they seem to be aware of a monster that lives in the water. It is later revealed that the “monster” was merely an old piece of construction equipment with moss and other vegetation covering it. (It might have been an excavator, since the boom and bucket might have appeared to the characters as a large animal’s neck and head.) I also recall that the phrase “dance with the devil on a Saturday night” (or some variation on that) was spoken a number of times during the movie.

Any idea what this might have been?


UPDATE: NAME THAT TRAUMA SOLVED! Special thanks to Mitch of Vitamin Burger for nailing it with THE QUEST (aka FROG DREAMING aka THE GO-KIDS!)

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12 years ago

That would be The Quest, with Henry Thomas.

unkle lancifer
12 years ago

Awesome job Mitch!

12 years ago

And that, my friend, is a perfect segue into the strange and beautiful world of Brian Trenchard-Smith.