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Name That Trauma :: Reader Grokenstein on a Final Girl Finale

April 8th, 2009 by aunt john · 3 Comments


I’ve got a movie in the back of my skull that I hope the Traumateers can identify, but it’s a bit of a spoiler as it’s just the end of the movie; in fact it’s just the end credit sequence! There’s no music score as the credits roll, but rather, voice-over dialog and assorted scenery shots. As the credits end, the movie abruptly “resumes” for its real ending. Here’s the details:

Final Girl has escaped death at the hands of some crazy family/cult/group, some of whom she has killed. Apparently, she was supposed to be “sacrificed” before midnight. As the credits roll and the visuals switch to actor-free scenery, she returns with the local sheriff and deputies, only to find that all traces of her nightmare have been cleaned up. The skeptical sheriff arrests Final Girl after a deputy “finds” marijuana in her car, which she of course denies. As the credits end, Final Girl is put in a jail cell and left alone. She’s distraught until she sees the clock on the far wall; it’s almost midnight, and she says she’s safe now.

At this moment, her “cellmate,” an old woman hiding in the shadows in the corner, announces that there’s still plenty of time, and lunges at Final Girl as she turns to the camera and screams. Freeze frame as her scream reverberates. Fade out.

…That’s it. I have no other details to add, but I need to find out what movie this is so I can see the rest of the damned thing!

Help meeeeeeee!



UPDATE: NAME THAT TRAUMA SOLVED! Special thanks to Father Merrin for realizing it was WARLOCK MOON!

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Father MerrinNo Gravatar // Apr 8, 2009 at 9:32 am

    This would be Warlock Moon (1975). It owes me for the nights of sleep it cost me in the 7th grade.

  • 2 aunt johnNo Gravatar // Apr 8, 2009 at 11:09 am

    Reader Taylor D.  emailed this hot tip:

    It’s been a long time since I’ve seen it, but the movie that Grokenstein is thinking of could be 1982’s Midnight…I can’t remember if that’s exactly how it ends, but the a lot of the plot details described (girl has been kidnapped by a weird cult to be sacrificed at midnight) match up.  I’ll have to research it some more, but it seems promising.
  • 3 GrokensteinNo Gravatar // Apr 8, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    YES! Warlock Moon! Thank you, Father Merrin! A spoilertacular review resides here, complete with a clinching photo from the final seconds:

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