Name That Trauma :: Reader David B. on Subterranean, Senior Serial Killer

I have a Name That Trauma for you… I hope I can provide enough details for you or a reader to recognize it. I must have been about 5 or 6, which would make it roughly 1970-71.

I was up late one night watching television, it would probably have been BBC1 or BBC2, when a film from the silent era came on. The abiding memory I have is of an old hag-like woman who lived underground, perhaps in the subway system, who would climb out from the manhole covers in the street and drag her victims below to her cavernous lair.

I have a suspicion it may have been a French movie, but I could be wrong. All I know is it frightened the life out of me, and I had nightmares about it for a long time after. I know this is very little to go on, but I do hope someone out there can help identify my personal trauma.

Thank you.

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unkle lancifer
11 years ago

I don’t have the answer but this is the scariest sounding “Name That Trauma!” that I have ever heard.

My older brother used to always tell me and my younger brother about the old hag who lived in the sewer pipes.

11 years ago

I fed what you remember into Google and sadly the closest I’ve found it a movie from 1972 – a year too late – called Death Line AKA Raw Meat.

Closest I’ve gotten. Sorry. 🙁

11 years ago

could it be carl dryers Vampyr? The old hag and underground lair seem to fit. It’s on You tube.

11 years ago

Inland Empire?