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Name That Trauma:: Lena on a Clock That Strikes 13

November 23rd, 2020 by unkle lancifer · 1 Comment

Hello! I hope
You can help me.
I have never actually seen this movie it’s one of those movies that one of my childhood friends told me about.
Never forgot her telling me, but have never been able to find it.
I don’t have much to go on.
I’m going to guess it’s a 70’s movie. Whether it was made for TV or not I’m unsure.
It has a nurse living or working in someone’s home. Her last name might be Green??
I believe there is a child in the house.
A clock strikes 13 times instead of 12 at midnight.
I know it’s not much to go on?
Thanks, Lena

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Traumafession:: James on Sleepaway Camp (1983)

November 22nd, 2020 by unkle lancifer · 1 Comment

Sleepaway Camp. No other movie has psychologically scared me as extremely as this movie has. I actually watched it for the first time while CAMPING with my Dad and Uncle in a small Evil Dead-type cabin deep in the woods of Pennsylvania!

The movie has a series of things that made me uncomfortable. These kids weren’t just mean to each other, they were emasculating and castrating. Watching the cook blister and writhe in agony over for what seemed like an eternity, the snake emerging out of the open mouth of the most visually disturbing drowned corpse I had ever seen, and the curling iron up the genitals with brute force and sizzle. It all brought me down to a very vulnerable place. Then the ending put me in the truest form of shock one can experience. I retreated inside the safety of my mind and everything went numb as the guttural growling and hissing of the very embodiment of a critical psychological breaking point manifested itself onscreen. I don’t think I talked much afterward. It took years for me to watch it again. Now it’s a favorite.

I didn’t revisit Sleepaway Camp until watching Unhappy Campers. Renting the sequel was very therapeutic for me. Its lighter comedic tone eased me out of the trauma. It’s not without its own sort of brutality. I think the outhouse murder and the incredible monologue Angela delivers as she commits the act is very powerful and has become one of my favorite movie scenes. I’ve read that it was taken straight from Robert Hiltzik’s original script for the sequel, before changes were made and infused with comedy. I can only imagine watching that scene played out with the grim, dead serious tone it was intended to have, more like the original, and having no comedy before or after to alleviate its morbidness. Imagine that.

-James of The Esoteric Interpreter

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Kindertrauma Funhouse

November 20th, 2020 by unkle lancifer · 13 Comments

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Traumafession:: PopcornMonster on Laffun Heads

November 19th, 2020 by unkle lancifer · 5 Comments

When I was a kid I remember these super creepy novelty heads that when the tie was pulled down would spit water, blink their eyes, and laugh while their tongues moved in and out. My aunt had the clown variety and it spooked me out but pretty much every version was high on the uncanny valley scale. To this day I often think about them again and have considered picking up a vintage head from eBay but as of yet I haven’t pulled the trigger due to the prices and the fact that even if I did buy one I doubt I would even display the thing anywhere and for fear of mentally scaring my daughter in the same way I was.

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Kindertrauma Rewind:: Carnival of Souls (1962)

November 18th, 2020 by unkle lancifer · No Comments

UNK SEZ: No submissions this week and come to think of it, I don’t feel like writing myself as that may require the use of my brain. So why not let’s utilize our time traveling machine and go check out Kindertrauma TEN long years ago back in 2010 when I was shamelessly shrieking the praises of the forever haunting CARNIVAL OF SOULS!? Simply skip right on over HERE!

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Kindertrauma Funhouse

November 13th, 2020 by unkle lancifer · 10 Comments

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Kindertrauma Rewind:: Unk on Race with the Devil (1975)

November 12th, 2020 by unkle lancifer · No Comments

Hey! Welcome to our exciting latest spectacular feature at Kindertrauma called “Kindertrauma Rewind” where we travel back in time to explore posts from the past! In other words, I just discovered a brand new level of laziness! I don’t know what to tell ya folks, writing really cuts into my napping time and since my napping time involves cats, I think you know where my loyalty lies. Let us now travel back to the wonderful year of 2003 when on a brisk October 8th morning your Unkle Lancifer decided to share a traumafession concerning the 1975 escape from Satanists flick RACE WITH THE DEVIL! Grab my hand and a snack and jump on over HERE!

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Art Gallery: Children of the Corn (1984) Opening Credits

November 11th, 2020 by unkle lancifer · 3 Comments

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Kindertrauma Funhouse

November 6th, 2020 by unkle lancifer · 9 Comments

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Traumafessions:: Andrew H. of In Search of Darkness Part II on Witchtrap (1989)

November 1st, 2020 by unkle lancifer · 2 Comments

Witchtrap is one of those kindertrauma movies that I saw one scene from, and it haunted me for years. I tried for about two decades to hunt it down after watching part of it in the early ‘90s when I was a kid, and finally after searching the internet for “neck shower death” over and over I finally found it again. I came very close to submitting a Name That Trauma article about it in the early 2010s but thanks to fans of ‘80s Horror like me, I was finally able to stumble across a video clip of the big traumatizing scene that had me thinking about a killer shower for almost my entire youth.

The bit starts with Linnea Quigley heading into the bathroom after a couple of paranormal researchers find a pentagram etched into the wall of a dark basement. Very Legend od Hellhouse, very Poltergeist. Linnea’s character Ginger is the tech head. She’s been connecting monitors to cameras that can pick up ghost activity all day, and now she’s taking a break to get cleaned up after work.

Ominous music builds as she gets in the shower and then we see another member of the team getting dressed in a bedroom. A grimacing face flashes on the screen and our character Whitney falls on the bed in a psychic fit as the soundtrack kicks into high gear. Downstairs the monitors pick up a ghostly figure and then we cut back to Whitney writhing in pain as she’s being affected by the presence while the sharp music sue re-intensifies.

Back in the shower the water stops and Linnea’s Ginger aggravated says, “I don’t fucking believe this!” as she checks the problem. She stares and shakes her head and then it happens. The shower faucet shoots straight at her neck and we hear a crunch. Closeup to Linnea’s shocked face and then it pulls back fast covered in blood as she recoils and slumps to the shower floor with her throat torn out.

Seeing this got me kicked out of the living room. My aunt had no idea this was going to happen and eight-year-old me was just sitting there watching a movie completely clueless. I thought about this death scene for years and years before finding out that it was from the movie Witchtrap that had almost entirely fallen into obscurity before being re-released recently.

It’s interesting looking back because I know now that the version I watched on HBO in the early ‘90s was cut for gore, but the scene stayed vivid in my memory. Watching the uncut version now I see that the impact of the shower head was bloodier and you see the wound up close more than the edited version. The first time I watched it was enough, and it sent me down a path of searching in video stores and online for ears before I eventually saw it again.

I’m actually glad I went on that journey of rediscovery because since I first saw it, I’ve watched a ton of other supernatural horror films that make me appreciate it even more. Witchtrap is a lot of fun and if you like ‘80s cop thrillers and ghost stories, check it out.

UNK SEZ: Thanks, Andrew! I was happy to see WITCHTRAP is currently available on TubiTV for FREE HERE! Folks, there’s still time to support IN SEARCH OF DARKNESS PART II! Find out MORE HERE!

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