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Name That Trauma:: Suzanne D. on a Submerged Crane Quarry Monster

August 21st, 2014 by unkle lancifer · 3 Comments

Okay, I’ve got one for you that’s been driving me crazy for years. I think it may have originally been a Disney movie, back when Disney wasn’t afraid of going to the darkside from time to time. It had to come from the early ’80s, based on when I remember seeing it. The plot involved a monster living in the bottom of a water-filled quarry. All I really remember about this, other than the fact that it really scared me as a kid, was that the monster turned out to be a crane (of the mechanical type, not the bird). I know the lead character was a little boy. My warped memory keeps turning the kid into Barrett Oliver, even though I know it wasn’t him. If you or any of your followers could ID this film for me, I would be most grateful. I’ve been trying to remember for over twenty years and I just can’t come up with a title!


UNK SEZ: Thanks for writing in, Suzanne. I do believe that I’ve found what you are looking for. It stars E.T.‘s Henry Thomas and was released in 1986. It’s known as FROG DREAMING in its native Australia, THE GO-KIDS in the United Kingdom and here in the states it went by THE QUEST. I’m happy to tell you that it’s available on YouTube so you can revisit your kindertrauma below!

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 writergrrrrlNo Gravatar // Aug 21, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Oh my god – you are amazing! I am sending you long-distance kisses ad infinitum. I’ve been obsessing over this damn movie for as long as I can remember. Now I can finally sleep at night – and get back to my recurring dream of Jason Voorhees taking out the Harry Potter kids. Much love!

  • 2 jackball74No Gravatar // Aug 21, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Great movie with great memories – this was one that we rented during the Christmas of ’87 when we got our first VCR. Is it available on DVD or for streaming anywhere?

  • 3 jackball74No Gravatar // Aug 21, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Never mind – I just looked to the top of the page!

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