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Terror at Make-Out Point

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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 dead body at the bottom of the cliff. 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.

    Card Games 
  • 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 — Animation 
  • Used for Gender-inverted parody in Monsters vs. Aliens. A couple making out in their car are the first to see the giant robot probe, but this time the chick is pushing for sex from the cowardly Jerk Jock. The chick decides to check it out, and the jock, not wanting to be left alone, reluctantly follows her, only to trip over a fence and sprain his ankle. As the woman carries her injured boyfriend, a giant eye appears in the sky and the couple shriek in terror.
  • 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 (and the inside-out), 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 infamous "Disco Boy Scene" in Maniac! (1980) takes its place on one of these.
  • 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.
  • Parodied in the first Scary Movie, where a news crew correctly expects the killer to make his next move at one of these places. The victim-to-be is clearly more excited to be on the news than scared, and the killer himself is simply irritated that the reporters are bothering him while he's trying to do his job.
  • King Cobra (1999): The cobra-rattlesnake eats two teenagers who were making out in the woods.
  • A truly hilarious example occurs in the opening of the Syfy Channel Original Movie Boa Vs. Python, where a guy is going down on his girlfriend in the back of a car when he's grabbed and eaten by the evil giant python. Not only does the girl not notice this, the snake then proceeds to continue where the guy left off much to the girl's approval before she finally figures out that she's about to be lunch.
  • Python: The python's first set of victims is a lesbian-bisexual couple who were out "camping". In fact, the latter was apparently the town bicycle.
  • The entire premise of Nowhere, in which space aliens are slowly invading earth, but all the characters are pansexual teenagers who are too busy having sex and getting high to notice.
  • The teenage couple in the opening scene of Zodiac arrive at such a place, only to be shot by the Serial Killer.
  • The first murder in Cherry Falls occurs at a makeout point by a fall.


    Live-Action TV 
  • In Smallville, Jimmy and Chloe are making out at the relevant location before a Poison Ivy Expy kills someone.
  • Happens in the episode "Jose Chung's From Outer Space" in The X-Files, though it's not actually clear whether their attackers were really aliens.
  • The Fringe episode "The Man From The Other Side" begins with two teens getting stoned in a car (presumably before or after making out) who quickly have their identities stolen by interdimensional shapeshifters.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
    • "Phases": Xander and Cordelia are making out in her car when a werewolf attacks them. The following night Buffy and Giles are searching for the werewolf and Giles suggests knocking on a few car windows and asking if anyone's seen the creature. Buffy gives him a What an Idiot! look. "Giles, no-one's seen anything."
    • "All The Way". Dawn and a schoolfriend sneak out of the house to canoodle with a couple of boys, only for them to turn out to be vampires. The Scoobies track them down only to find themselves surrounded by carloads of teenaged vampires.
    Buffy: Didn't anyone come here just to make out? [two human teenagers raise their hands] Awww... that's sweet. Run.
    • One of the books revisits this point, again at night and again, horrible monster attack and death. Stop going out at night, people!
  • In the Supernatural episode "Monster Movie", when a teen couple is attacked by a Wolf Man.

  • 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.

    Video Games 
  • 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.

    Web Comics 
  • 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.

    Western Animation 
  • There's a scene in an episode of Teen Titans where Robin is chasing a villain on his motorcycle and said chase ends up bouncing off the car of a couple making out.
  • Spoofed in the Shrek Christmas Special Shrek the Hall, where Gingy's recolection of the story of Christmas is of him and his girlfriend sitting in a car when they are attacked by Santa Claus, who eats the girlfriend.
    Donkey: That is the stupidest story I have ever heard. You know that's not how it goes.
  • The Simpsons: All installments of the in-universe Space Mutants franchise are this, including one set in Australia.
  • In an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants, the EVIL group (Every Villain Is...Lemons?) goes to Make-Out Reef and shines a flashlight into the boats to disturb the couples... and one guy kissing a pillow.
    Squidward: Ah, Make-Out Reef. Good times, good times.
  • An animated series called Freaky Stories, given it was based on animated portrayals of various Urban Legends, naturally had one episode based on the classic "Hook Handed Killer" legend. In this case, it was a very catchy — and creepy — musical episode.

    Real Life  
  • The Zodiac Killer killed several of his victims in Make-Out Points.
  • The Monster of Florence did as well.


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