Name That Trauma :: Reader Sarah H. on Sparring Lady Spelunkers

I ADORE your website, and always seem to spend hours just reading your posts. My favorites are the Name That Trauma! bits, and do I have one for you. As I am probably one of Kindertrauma‘s youngest readers, this probably occurred late ‘90s or early ‘00s, when I was around 6 or 7. I remember catching two clips on our television that haunted me for the next several years. I would play them over and over in my head lying in my bed at night, and just sit there and shiver.

The first had escaped me over the years, but I clearly remember the second. It was not so much overly creepy as just simply excessively violent and grim. There are two women trapped in a cave and I don’t think they can find their way out. They are both scraped up and grimy and the lighting is dark. They begin to fight and one picks up a pickaxe and stands over the other, who is now crying and pleading for her life. The first then swings the pickaxe down into the lower stomach of the second, and there is a gush of blood as the woman screams and cries. I don’t know what happens after this, or before, but at the time it scared the living bejezzus out of me!

Anybody have a clue of what this may be?

UNK SEZ:: Sarah, glad to help out a budding horror fan! My guess is that you must be talking about NEIL MARSHALL‘s modern classic THE DESCENT. The scene you describe sounds like that film’s ending. My only misgiving is that THE DESCENT is from 2005, a bit more recent than what you remember. Check out the trailer below and see if it rings any bells and if you haven’t already seen the movie, make sure you do!

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12 years ago

Could be “The Descent” though (Don’t worry I’m not giving away the whole movie here!) the pickaxe wasn’t jabbed in the woman’s stomach.