Name That Trauma :: Reader Sebastian on a Hit & Run Hag

Hey guys and girls,

Great site, I thought perhaps you could help me with my own scary vague memory/trauma from childhood.

I saw it sometime in the early ‘90s, but the film might be a bit older. The scene I remember is when the main characters, a man and a woman, are trying to escape from a village where some bad stuff has taken place (which I can’t remember…)

So they’re in the car driving away but don’t seem to be getting anywhere. In fact, they keep passing this creepy old lady on a creepy old bicycle. They can’t escape, everything just repeats itself, and they aren’t getting any further from the bad place.

At one point they actually hit the old lady on her bike; the two people get out of the car to check if she’s alright, but she’s dead. They stand there for a bit discussing what to do, then when they turn back to the body of the old lady, she’s gone…

This is all I remember, it would be so great if you knew per chance where this scene is from, I would love to relive it.

Keep up the good work!


UNK SEZ: I might be wrong here, but I think you’re talking about JOHN CARPENTER‘s IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS. It’s actually an old man that gets hit and seems to momentarily disappear, but I’ve heard him being mistaken for an old woman before (probably due to the long hair.) He’s shown as a young boy at first but as he tries to escape the town of Hobb’s End he appears to turn into an old man. After he is hit, he says in a young boy’s voice, “They won’t let me out.”

It may be the creepiest scene in the film and the way its shot is truly nightmarish. I also wonder if it was a partial inspiration for this scary (and Kindertraumatic) music video from BATS FOR LASHES

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Professor Von Whiskersen
Professor Von Whiskersen
13 years ago

I LOVE that Bat For Lashes video.  I’ve only paid real money to actually download two music videos from iTunes in my life:  “Thriller” and “What’s a Girl to Do?”  Thanks for reminding me that I need to buy her new album!

Also, thanks for reminding me how awesome jean-jackets are.  I wish I still had mine with the Metallica back patch.

13 years ago


aunt john
13 years ago

Do you read V.C. Andrews?

13 years ago

Cheers Unk! I know what i’m watching tonight…
I really like that bat for lashes video, must’ve been a subconscious memory telling me something…
Great work!