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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. Nevertheless, as you'll see under Real Life, this has happened, as a few serial killers have made it their preferred modus operandi.


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 

  • Referenced and parodied in How to Survive a Horror Movie. Contrary to popular belief, Death by Sex isn't a universal truism in horror films. Rather, it's having sex in a car that will get you killed.
  • Narrowly averted in Red, White and Blood, third book in the President's Vampire series; a couple of teens narrowly avoid being killed by the Boogeyman thanks to Cade intervening in the nick of time.
  • Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark includes a retelling of the Hook Hand legend, described below under Mythology and Folklore.

    Live-Action TV 
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • In Smallville, Jimmy and Chloe are making out at the relevant location before a Poison Ivy Expy kills someone.
  • In the Supernatural episode "Monster Movie", when a teen couple is attacked by a Wolf Man.
  • 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 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.

    Mythology and Folklore 
  • The famous "Hook Hand" urban legend. The best-known version has a young couple making out in a parked car when an Emergency Broadcast on the radio informs them that a homicidal maniac with a hook for a hand has escaped from the local insane asylum. Scared, they decide to call it a night and drive home, but the car appears to be snagged on something. The boyfriend floors the gas pedal and they're able to break free and go home... but when he drops his girlfriend off at her house, they notice a hook hanging from the car door.
    • There's another version where the car runs out of gas, and the boyfriend goes to the nearest garage to buy some more. As the girl waits for him, she hears the above news bulletin, and decides to lock all the car doors. Later that night, she hears something trying to open the door, but it's too dark and foggy to see what, so she leaves it locked. In the morning she finds her dead boyfriend clinging to the door handle, the hook still embedded in his back.
    • A very clumsy retelling of the above resulted in the meme-tastic Man Door Hand Hook Car Door.
  • The Bunny Man urban legend from Fairfax County, Virginia, and the surrounding area, tells of a man in a rabbit suit, terrorizing couples with an axe.
  • Similiar to the above is the Goatman legend, describing a sort of satyr-like creature, also wielding an axe, who gets up to all sorts of trouble, including terrorizing randy young people. This legend is fairly widespread across the United States, with the best-known regional variants in Maryland, Kentucky (the Pope Lick Monster), and Texas (the Lake Worth Monster). In some versions, he Was Once a Man, a Mad Scientist who used himself as a guinea pig and mutated himself into a monster, and is now resentful and jealous of everyone who is still human.
  • Similiarly, there are reports of Sasquatch scaring people this way.

    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 
  • 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.
  • Happens in Futurama, "Fear of a Bot Planet", in a robot horror film the characters are watching. The boy robot assures the girl robot that humans will never come to their defenseless little town, and it's perfectly safe to let their guard down, even for a second. Then a "human" appears and tears his head off.
  • 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: In the episode "Principal Charming", we catch a scene from Space Mutants V: The Land Down Under, where an Australian couple's car is attacked by one of the space mutants.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Real Life  
  • The Zodiac Killer killed several of his victims in Make-Out Points.
  • The Monster of Florence did as well.
  • The first three attacks by the 'Phantom Killer' in Texarkana were on couple parked in isolated spots to make out.


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