Friday 18, 2008-The Hook

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Friday 18, 2008-The Hook

Post by AutumnSims on 18th July 2008, 1:52 pm


A teenage boy drove his date to a dark and deserted Lovers' Lane for a make-out session. After turning on the radio for mood music, he leaned over and began kissing the girl.

A short while later, the music suddenly stopped and an announcer's voice came on, warning in an urgent tone that a convicted murderer had just escaped from the state insane asylum which happened to be located not far from Lovers' Lane and that anyone who noticed a strange man lurking about with a hook in place of his right hand should immediately report his whereabouts to the police.

The girl became frightened and asked to be taken home. The boy, feeling bold, locked all the doors instead and, assuring his date they would be safe, attempted to kiss her again. She became frantic and pushed him away, insisting that they leave. Relenting, the boy peevishly jerked the car into gear and spun its wheels as he pulled out of the parking space.

When they arrived at the girl's house she got out of the car, and, reaching to close the door, began to scream uncontrollably. The boy ran to her side to see what was wrong and there, dangling from the door handle, was a bloody hook.


Comments: Folks have been telling the "hook man" story since the 1950s, and indeed the implicit moral message "Sex is naughty, and bad boys and girls will be punished!" seems more appropriate to that simpler, more naive era. Just as this moral has come to be parodied in horror films (where formerly it was delivered with morbid solemnity), its "bygone" relevance has taken the teeth out of the cautionary tale over time.

Noting the improbable "tidiness" of the plot, Jan Harold Brunvand has observed that "most tellers narrate the story nowadays more as a scary story than a believed legend." Small wonder. Given its exploitation by Hollywood in popular genre films like "Candyman" and "I Know What You Did Last Summer," most people under the age of 30 probably assume the story was invented by screenwriters.

Folklorists of a Freudian bent find meaningful sexual overtones in the imagery of the tale. The boy, who wants to get his "hooks" into the girl, is not only frustrated by her unwillingness but afraid of his own lustful impulses a fear heightened by the stern "voice of conscience" emitting from the radio and has to "pull out fast" before a deadly sin is committed. The tearing off of the madman's hook symbolizes castration. Proponents of this type of psychological interpretation find the sexual apprehensions of both boys and girls represented in the legend.

One of the earliest appearances of "The Hook" in print was in a "Dear Abby" column dated November 8, 1960:

DEAR ABBY: If you are interested in teenagers, you will print this story. I don't know whether it's true or not, but it doesn't matter because it served its purpose for me:
A fellow and his date pulled into their favorite "lovers' lane" to listen to the radio and do a little necking. The music was interrupted by an announcer who said there was an escaped convict in the area who had served time for rape and robbery. He was described as having a hook instead of a right hand. The couple became frightened and drove away. When the boy took his girl home, he went around to open the car door for her. Then he saw a hook on the door handle! I don't think I will ever park to make out as long as I live. I hope this does the same for other kids.
Not all urban legends in this vein have a happy ending, I should point out. See
My Boyfriend's Deathfor an example of a similar cautionary tale that pulls no punches.
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Re: Friday 18, 2008-The Hook

Post by HauntedHRM on 18th July 2008, 2:56 pm

I love this story.
I think it was invented as a deterrent in the 60 years ago for horny Teenagers who were parking out in the middle of nowhere and making out.

I love seeing it in movies and Tv Shows!! Great Legend!
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