Identify this horror movie from two brief memories.
August 16, 2008 3:00 PM   Subscribe

Help me identify this horror movie from my youth.

So, there was movie I once saw when I was a kid in the 80's, and I can only remember one or two scenes from it. I'd love to know what it was, though. Here's what I remember:

* A TV reporter interviewing one or two kids (brother and sister?) about the disappearance/death of some other kids. They feign sadness because they're the ones responsible.

* Hands, lots of hands, pushing and reaching out of a wall.

Help me, MeFi, you're my only hope!
posted by greatgefilte to Media & Arts (12 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Hands part sounds like "Labyrinth", but that doesn't jive with the TV bit.
posted by self at 3:10 PM on August 16, 2008

The hands from the wall sounds like Day of the Dead, but not sure about a TV reporter.
posted by jca at 3:14 PM on August 16, 2008

Response by poster: Hm, no, I don't think it's either of those. My foggy recollection is that the kids being interviewed lured the missing kids to the lair of [something], and then something happened, and the hands were the hands of all the kids they'd brought there. It's very hazy, though, I could be conflating a few things.
posted by greatgefilte at 3:19 PM on August 16, 2008

Sounds like The People Under the Stairs directed by Wes Craven... Maybe?
posted by CarlRossi at 3:49 PM on August 16, 2008

Response by poster: Maybe! I'll have to rent it and see!
posted by greatgefilte at 3:56 PM on August 16, 2008

Hands, lots of hands, pushing and reaching out of a wall.

There's an infamous scene like this in Repulsion but none of the rest of your description matches
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 4:55 PM on August 16, 2008

Your description reminds me a bit of The Brood and a bit of Village of the Damned. There are two Village versions, but if you saw it in the eighties and this is the right film, you would have seen the older version.
posted by Toekneesan at 6:34 PM on August 16, 2008

Are you sure you saw it in the 80s? The People Under the Stairs is from 1991.

Did you see it at the movies or on TV or on tape?
posted by iconomy at 7:12 PM on August 16, 2008

House? Or maybe House 2? It's been a long time since I've seen either. There were so many lame, cheezy horror flicks in the '80s, the list could be very long.
posted by fiercekitten at 11:16 AM on August 17, 2008

Response by poster: Hm, I think it was on TV, and it could've been the early 90s. Definitely not House or House 2; I just saw those recently. I'm going to watch TPUTS on Wednesday and confirm.
posted by greatgefilte at 12:45 PM on August 17, 2008

Sounds exactly like People Under the Stairs to me.
There is a big scene with the People in the basement sticking their hands out of holes/cracks in the wall.
posted by nougat at 7:02 AM on August 18, 2008

Response by poster: Update: No, it wasn't People Under the Stairs, though it was quite enjoyable watching it. Any other suggestions?
posted by greatgefilte at 5:27 AM on August 21, 2008

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