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Name That Trauma :: Reader Sonny on Turtles, Car Accidents, and Puppet Shows!

November 23rd, 2008 by aunt john · 9 Comments

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First off just wanted to compliment you on a fantastic site. For someone like myself who grew up during the 80’s slasher heyday this site has been invaluable in sourcing out those titles from memories that are 20+ years old.

However, I have a few here that I am still having trouble with.

1) This is from the mid to late ’70s I believe, possibly a TV movie. Maybe not so much a horror film, but something that has stuck in my psyche for years. A boy and a girl are on a beach with a small turtle and carve something onto it’s back. Years later, the boy lives under the water or something and we see the turtle (now huge, I think) swimming by with the carved initials??? On it’s shell!

2) This one was possibly part of a trilogy type story from the ’80s or maybe from a TV show like RAY BRADBURY THEATRE, TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE, etc. but not sure. It involves groups of people who come out to the scenes of auto accidents. Don’t remember much other than these groups of people all showing up when there is an accident…turns out they are all accident victims and are already dead????

3) And finally this one WAS part of a trilogy or quartet of horror stories popular back in the ’80s VHS days. All I remember of this one was a guy who was performing a “Punch and Judy” type show on a beach or waterfront somewhere. I don’t remember if the Punch and Judy theme was the connecting story or one of the stories itself.

Sorry to be so vague but it’s all I have. Hopefully it will spark someone’s memory and I can finally re-watch these and “put them to bed.”

UNK SEZ: O.K. Sonny I know at least two of these three. The first one is certainly THE BERMUDA DEPTHS, a made-for-television movie from 1978. There may be more than one giant turtle movie, but only one has the initial carving scene you mentioned. The third one I’m pretty sure, is a British anthology film from 1983 called SCREAMTIME, which indeed sports a segment involving Punch and Judy puppets. The second one sounds a lot like CARNIVAL OF SOULS from 1962, but since you didn’t mention it being in black and white I have my doubts. Anybody out there think they’ve got a clearer handle on the second one? If so leave a comment or contact us at!! In any case Sonny, in the words of MEAT LOAF two out of three ain’t bad!

NOTE: Currently you can watch THE BERMUDA DEPTHS on Youtube! The first part is below, double click the screen to get to the rest. Best to do so now, it could disappear at any time!

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9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 BQueenNo Gravatar // Nov 23, 2008 at 9:46 am

    Oh dammit I know that second one!  The guy I believe is a photographer and takes pictures at accident scenes and starts to notice the same people at different scenes.  He tells his best friend about it and the guy thinks he’s crazy because he’s becoming all obsessed with this.  I think at the end it’s his own accident all the accident victims show up to. 
    I’m racking my brain here but I can’t come up with the show!  I think the main guy in this one was some mildly famous heartthrob type also.

  • 2 micksterNo Gravatar // Nov 23, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    Sonny, Read this: It’s an episode of The Ray Bradbury Theater and it sound very similar to your description. I hope this helps!

  • 3 BQueenNo Gravatar // Nov 23, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    Well I don’t know if that’s what Sonny was thinking of but that’s definitely what I was thinking of.  Thanks mickster!
    The main guy was played by Nick Mancuso.  Stingray! Uncredited phone voice in Black Christmas!

  • 4 Professor Von WhiskersenNo Gravatar // Nov 23, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    I’d been wondering for years about the turtle movie.  I remember seeing it on tv while staying with my grandparents in Tennessee one summer.  The part about the carved initials on the turtle shell always stuck with me.

  • 5 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Nov 23, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    Bqueen, I like that Nick Mancuso too, he is awesome in “Nightwing” ! Great job finding this Mickster, if it’s not the right one (I have a hunch that it is though) I’d really like to see it!

  • 6 micksterNo Gravatar // Nov 23, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    Bqueen, I am glad I could help. I hope it is the right one for Sonny too. I’ve always wanted to solve one of these. Thanks to Unkle for figuring out the turtle movie. I know Prof.V.W. has mentioned that one to me several times and I had no clue.

  • 7 sob317No Gravatar // Nov 23, 2008 at 11:26 pm

    Hello All,  Reader Sonny here- Well you guys are absolutely fantastic. 3 for 3 in no time at all. I thought the Punch and Judy one might be a bit of a stumper but one quick look at the link revealed it to be what I was after and that’s definitely the big turtle I was looking for. Mickster – right on the money. I recognized the man in the hat in the 4th picture right away. Haven’t seen these in 20 or some cases nearly 30 years but those images are as fresh as yesterday. Thanks again to everyone for the help !!!

  • 8 aunt johnNo Gravatar // Nov 24, 2008 at 12:41 am

    Go Mickster!!!!

  • 9 Amanda By NightNo Gravatar // Nov 24, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    Mickster rules!

    The Bermuda Depths rules too, btw!

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