Teenagers enjoy making out in cars.
This is probably because they expect that no one will see them, and they won't see anyone. However, teenagers at Make-Out Point
ironically tend to be the first witnesses of the alien invasion, or the zombie apocalypse, or the impending shortage of toilet paper
. Quite often, they will be brutally murdered
to show that the Monster of the Week
means business. Why? Perhaps Rule of Funny
. Perhaps they are considered Acceptable Targets
. (Bonus if they get shot at
This is something of a Dead Horse Trope
nowadays, considering that it is parodied more than it is used. Plus, health and safety
prevents such things happening nowadays, with traffic regulation orders enforcing road signs such as "No motor vehicles" at the locations. Truth in Television
- the Department for Transport have a fair few enforced at cliff-faces.
Always involves a Make-Out Point
and Auto Erotica
, or at least teenagers contemplating such.
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- Used in an Italian advertisement about a snack of chocolate and puffled rice: the various puffled rice grains are attacked and "swallowed" by a Blob made of chocolate, and two of said grains are surprised in a parked car in a typical horror movie fashion.
- Referenced in the now-defunct card game Hecatomb with the card Midnight Snack, which basically invokes this trope. "What monster can resist stopping to kill teenagers making out?"
Films — Animated
- In Monsters vs. Aliens a couple making out in their car are the first to see the giant robot probe. In gender-inversion parody, the chick is pushing for sex from the shy Jerk Jock, and she ends up doing the Bridal Carry while fleeing the probe.
- Parodied in Planet 51, where the teens are actually aliens.
Films — Live-Action
- In The Blob (1988), this trope is played with. The Jerk Jock has driven to a secluded spot and gotten his date drunk so he can have his way with her. He looks away for a minute, then begins to unbutton her blouse. When he reaches in, the Blob, who has eaten the girl from the far side, out of his immediate view, grabs him and consumes him.
- In the first of The Lost Boys movies, the teens at make-out point are the first victims of the titular vampires.
- In Attack of the 50-Foot Woman, two teenagers making out are among the first to see the giant Nancy approach town.
- Common in MST3K movies:
- The first place the Killer Klowns in Killer Klowns from Outer Space go to so they can harvest humans for their blood is the teenage make-out spot. When the heroes later inspect the place, they find only cars full of cotton candy and a pair of glasses.
- The Garth Brooks song "The Night Will Only Know" has two married people (as in married to other people) witnessing a murder during their night of passion in the backseat. The murderer gets off scot-free because the lovers can't reveal what they know about the murder without also revealing their affair, resulting in the victim's death being ruled a suicide.
- Subtly parodied in Destroy All Humans!. Near the starting point of one of the levels is a Make Out Point with two cars, windows steamed over and rocking back and forth. Naturally, you can do whatever you'd like to them at this point, such as telekinetically toss the cars off the cliff, or blow them up with a raygun. Might be considered an inversion as well, since here you're playing the alien sneaking up on the occupied teenagers.
- In the Bad Machinery side-story "THAT", a teen couple are attacked at the local make-out point by a giant killer moth.
- In the 'K I T T E N' arc of Sluggy Freelance. Smit and Cindy chat in the car while getting away from the rest of the campers for some alone time, and discuss this trope right before it's played straight.
- The Zodiac Killer killed several of his victims in Makeout Points.
- The Monster of Florence did as well.