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Name That Trauma :: Reader Kaina in N.C. on Kindertrauma Ground Zero!

January 12th, 2013 by unkle lancifer · 4 Comments

Hello! I only found your site a few days ago, but have already trawled through pages and pages of NTT. I am incredibly impressed with the answers you guys pull from obscurity and tiny clues, and so hope you can help me with a movie that I still remember giving me the utter creeps as a kid.

This would have been sometime in the early ’80s on TV, in my memory of the movie it feels like late ’70s production/design etc., but this was 30 years ago so I could be wrong on that. It involved a ship/yacht/boat that ended up being lost and having something evil show up, kill people one by one and pretend to be them. It ended with the last survivor(s) escaping, only then we go back to the empty boat and we see the body of one of the people who just escaped (I want to say it was hanging upside-down from the rigging, but that might have been an earlier death–that’s the big image that sticks with me though).

For years I thought the name was ‘The Devil’s Triangle‘, but that doesn’t seem to be a movie that actually exists, and searching for variations on that has proven to be not a fruitful source of inquiry.

Is there any chance you guys can help me? I really enjoyed the spooky movie, it wasn’t til later when I tried to go to sleep that the creeps got me, but I’d at least really like to know what the movie was.

Thanks, and keep up the good work!

Kaina in NC

UNK SEZ: I’m so glad you found us Kaina! The movie you are searching for must be 1975’s SATAN’S TRIANGLE! I spent years looking for that one myself. It scared the crap out of me as a kid and the very first thing I did once I had access to the Internet was track that darn thing down! It had such a profound effect on me that I was actually scared to watch it again. In fact, wondering if others had similar experiences is what led to KINDERTRAUMA being born! I’m happy to tell you that currently SATAN’S TRIANGLE is available to watch on YouTube. Be careful though, it’s still as creepy as it ever was!

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 stevil1981No Gravatar // Jan 13, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Well Unk seems pretty confident that it’s Satan’s Triangle and I think he knows what he’s talking about but in the unlikely event that his guess was wrong, Death Ship from 1980 seems to tick alot of the boxes from this NTT.

  • 2 stevil1981No Gravatar // Jan 13, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    Sorry, should have linked this

  • 3 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Jan 13, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Stevil – You’re right, it could very well be Ghost Ship! In fact I confused two movies with each other for years.

    The only thing that makes me think Satan’s Triangle over Ghost ship is Kaina thing the title might be “Devil’s Triangle”.

    Another movie that would come up while I was hunting for ST was “The Bermuda Depths”. As soon as the giant turtle showed up I knew I was on the wrong path.

    Anyway, I’ve been very wrong before so I’ve got my fingers crossed!

  • 4 KainaNo Gravatar // Jan 14, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    wow–that was me, and it was absolutely Satan’s Triangle (was pretty sure, but then at 2:17 we see Alejandro Rey in a priest costume and I shrieked ‘That’s It!’ and scared my cat. Could have found it right off if I’d remembered that bit for sure; googling ‘Alejandro Rey priest’ brings it right up!). Thank you so much–should have tried other devil names, but after wading through bermuda-triangle hit after hit, got discouraged.

    As far as Death Ship goes, that looks like fun, but was way too big a ship and WAY too much gore for it to have ever been anything I was allowed to watch. (This is probably where a lot of my love of creeping quiet horror comes from, but there you are).

    Thanks again! I’m off to watch a creepy movie from my childhood!

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