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Name That Trauma :: Zoey G. on Stained Glass Monster

September 18th, 2014 · 3 Comments

I have a Name That Trauma from a film I watched a few years ago – or at least a scene from it? On YouTube, I think, but no matter what I search I can’t find anything, the video may have been deleted. My memory is pretty hazy, so it might have been a combination of several different things.

It was probably an older film, ’80s or ’70s. I don’t remember CGI. Basically, a girl or a young woman was running through a gothic building, probably a church but I don’t remember any religious imagery, and one of the stained glass windows comes out of the pane and attacks her(!) It moved really oddly, like it was a sheet, even though it was glass. I think it became a circle and rolled on its side at one point like a wheel, and I remember either it yelling at the girl, or somebody else offscreen yelling at her, very insulting and hostile and not really how you’d expect a strange monster to talk. I think the girl ran out onto the balcony of the building at one point and tried to hide from it. This is such a weird, striking scene I’m surprised I can’t find it anywhere. I really hope I didn’t dream it.

UNK SEZ: Thanks for writing in Zoey G.! When it comes to stained glass monsters, I can only think of one movie and that’s 1985’s YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES. I can’t say that I’ve met every stained glass monster there is to meet though so if any of our fine readers know of any other such creatures that fit the bill, please let us know!

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Name That Trauma:: Dr. Bleed on a Gorily Bursting Cow Growth

September 8th, 2014 · 4 Comments

Dear Kindertrauma,

I’m pleased to come across your site as it’s essentially the horror movie database/blog/awesome I’ve been scouring the internets for. So my little personal traumatic (and enjoyable) anecdote comes from my childhood days of flipping through my old CR TV that only had knobs to switch channels. Saturdays were the best for finding a horror gem on the five channels my rabbit ear antennas received, and one particular film I came across in these weekend escapades is one I hope someone can help me identify. The scene I witnessed concerned a family of ranchers looking over diseased cattle plagued with grotesque cancer-like growths all over their bodies. One particular woman stops to inspect a growth that seems to be pulsing, and as this horror movie mistake is made the woman’s consequences are having the growth gorily burst in her face releasing an army of giant flying bugs that engulf her. The details that are a bit hazy is I think this changed her into a zombie-like monster and she tries attacking her family. Also guessing from the time I remember seeing the movie and its’ style, it was likely made in the 90’s though 80’s is a possibility. Thanks again, and I look forward to using your site to relive my most cherished childhood memories of being freaked out!

Dr.Bleed

UNK SEZ: Thanks, Dr. Bleed! I’m not 100% on this but I have a strong feeling you may be thinking of 1987’s THE CURSE. According to this old review HERE, that movie does feature an exploding cow! I’m posting the full movie below thinking that even if I’m wrong it’ll be fun to watch. If anybody out there has another guess for this NTT, please let us know!

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Traumafession/Name That Trauma Solved:: Jeff U. on The Ghost That Came Alive

September 3rd, 2014 · 6 Comments

I’ve been perusing your site for a while now after discovering it this year, and I believe I have the answer to a Name That Trauma” from May 7, 2009. PhanWolf asked about a book with a haunted house on the cover and thought it might have been called “The House that Came to Life.” I had that same book and avoided the cover as well when I was a kid. It’s called “The Ghost That Came Alive” by Vic Crume. Here’s a link to it on Amazon.

Anyway, maybe PhanWolf is still holding out hope for an answer…five years later!

UNK SEZ: Thanks Jeff! We’ll try to contact Phanwolf! By the way, I noticed something strange while putting together your post. Something about the author’s name and the title of his previous book rang a bell. Last week I picked up a book at the thrift store and it’s currently propped up by my desk starring me in the face, “The Mystery in Dracula’s Castle” by Vic Crume!

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Name That Trauma:: Scott D. on a Rock Man Who Dissolves in the Ocean

August 25th, 2014 · 2 Comments

Your website is awesome!

That said … I remember a movie that was probably shown on WLVI 56’s Creature Double Feature in the ’80s (Boston area). It involved a man who was turned into rock somehow. I remember he was sort of a brown color. At the end, he walks into the ocean and the sea water dissolves him. I could have sworn it was called “The Rock Man,” but I can’t find any movie similar to that plot and title. Can someone help?

Thanks!

Scott

UNK SEZ: Thanks Scott! I’m probably wrong on this but I keep seeing 1966’s IT with RODDY McDOWALL in my mind’s eye. It doesn’t quite fit your description but it’s got a brown rock golem guy in it and I’m pretty sure at the end he takes a dip in the ocean. I’m just guessing so if any of our readers have any other ideas please do let us know! The trailer for IT is below…

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Name That Trauma:: Suzanne D. on a Submerged Crane Quarry Monster

August 21st, 2014 · 3 Comments

Okay, I’ve got one for you that’s been driving me crazy for years. I think it may have originally been a Disney movie, back when Disney wasn’t afraid of going to the darkside from time to time. It had to come from the early ’80s, based on when I remember seeing it. The plot involved a monster living in the bottom of a water-filled quarry. All I really remember about this, other than the fact that it really scared me as a kid, was that the monster turned out to be a crane (of the mechanical type, not the bird). I know the lead character was a little boy. My warped memory keeps turning the kid into Barrett Oliver, even though I know it wasn’t him. If you or any of your followers could ID this film for me, I would be most grateful. I’ve been trying to remember for over twenty years and I just can’t come up with a title!

Thanks!

UNK SEZ: Thanks for writing in, Suzanne. I do believe that I’ve found what you are looking for. It stars E.T.‘s Henry Thomas and was released in 1986. It’s known as FROG DREAMING in its native Australia, THE GO-KIDS in the United Kingdom and here in the states it went by THE QUEST. I’m happy to tell you that it’s available on YouTube so you can revisit your kindertrauma below!

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Name That Trauma :: Reader Rae M. on a Scary Train Riding Rabbit

August 17th, 2014 · 2 Comments

Hey there,

When I was a kid, we had this unmarked VHS tape, and on it, was a short Christmas film. It was the ‘80s. All I can remember, and my brother too (up until a few years ago, I thought I had conjured up this nightmare, until one day we discovered we both remember the movie) is a 6-foot something man in a big old white bunny suit, ears erect, black eyes, pink tongue I think, and it was riding out of the side of a big old black steam railroad train.

It looked like a shitty winter, grey snow scattered around the ground but otherwise you just saw trees behind the passing train. And then you ended up in the North Pole. But that’s all we remember; this scary, ominous, huge bunny. And I could swear it was not meant to be cute.

Ring any bells??

We’ve been trying to debunk this for years.

Thanks for your time,

– Rae M.

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Name That Trauma :: Reader Joe S. on a Vengeful Hunting Trip Gone Wrong.

August 15th, 2014 · 6 Comments

Hi all:

I have a Name that Trauma that I’ve always been wanting to send but have been too lazy to type it up and send it. Anyway, I can’t remember if this was an actual movie or perhaps just a short on a show like NIGHT GALLERY. I remember watching it back with my uncle in about the early ’80s and then remembered one of my friends talking about it, so I know it existed and wasn’t a fever dream.

Here’s what I remember:

It starts with a group of friends going hunting and then one of them mistakenly shoots someone from a different hunting party, a small firefight ensues and a couple of members on both sides are shot. I think the rest of the movie (short?) entails this group of hunting buddies trying to convince some of their other friends to go back with them next year to try to take out the rest of the other hunting party for revenge.

The friends end up humoring them and go with them the next year thinking nothing was going to happen. But of course, when they get there and end up at the river where the first event happened, trap doors open up on the other side and men pop out and starting shooting at them…and then I swear, I even remember there being a tank that they uncovered that started shooting at them.

That’s about all I can remember from it, if anyone can help me that’d be awesome because it’s been bugging me for years!

– Joe S.

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Name That Trauma CONFIRMATIONS :: Reader Simminy on “Another Man’s Family”

August 11th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Hi:

I can confirm that Tom P. from 3/12 and JLP from 2/10 are both haunted by the same vintage fire safety film as I am, which I learned today is called “Another Man’s Family.” Thanks to Kindertrauma, after 40 years I now know that I didn’t imagine it.

It’s available on YouTube, although the quality is extremely poor… but you can still watch the whole family drop dead one by one in their blazing home and then see the fire department rake the ashes of the kid’s toys in the morning.

Oh yes, perfectly suitable to show to a classroom of 10-year-olds in 1972.

Gahhhhh……!

Cool site!

– Simminy



AUNT JOHN SEZ: Thanks Simminy for finally putting the fire out on this lingering Name That Trauma. The video is available in three parts on YouTube (PART 1, PART 2, & PART 3), but as Simminy cautions, the quality is quite poor. I recommend muting the sound and playing “Burning Down the House.”

Also, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that the Amazing Senski suspected “Another Man’s Family” in the comments on JLP’s initial Name That Trauma, but the video was not available on YouTube at the time of his posting. Thanks Senski!

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Name That Trauma:: Jennah S. on a Kindly Spotted Closet Monster

July 12th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Help me, Kindertrauma!! You’re my only hope!!! A mystery needs to be solved for my friend (and for my own sanity, as well). The problem is thus…. in the mid ’80s (this would have been around ’85-’86) our school teacher used to roll in a TV & VCR sometimes and show us episodes from a TV show that was very much like AMAZING STORIES in nature, but I don’t think it was AMAZING STORIES, I think it might have been another similar show. I remember a logo at the end or beginning of every episodes of a large Phoenix bird on fire against a black background, and that might have been the logo for the show or maybe from the production company.

One episode I remember vividly is of a young boy who was afraid of a monster who hid in his closet. The monster was white or pale with spots in different bright colors. It was a large monster too, I remember that. The twist was that the boy discovered that the monster was actually nice so they became friends. It was in color, so the show must have been from the late ’70s to mid ’80s. This has been breaking my brain for almost four hours. I’ve already figured out that it isn’t AMAZING STORIES-I searched through the episode guides. I’ve also asked my friend if he can remember if the show was American (he’s Swedish), was it live-action, and if he can remember how long the episodes were….in hopes of making further deductions.

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Name That Trauma:: Jose Cruz on an Animated Boy Turned to Stone

July 9th, 2014 · 2 Comments

Hello Kinderpals!

I have a Name That Trauma that is actually from my wife, but I have transcribed it here for her (dubious) benefit.

She remembers very little from the original source, so this one might pose a bit challenging. I’ll give the basic details to the best of my abilities.

This was an animated film from the 1980s, most likely, but it might have been from the early 90s. The main thrust of the narrative concerned a young boy who was transformed into a stone statue. He didn’t turn into a gargoyle or anything; he retained his original appearance, just in stone form. The audience—and perhaps other characters in the movie—could hear the thoughts of the stone boy.

My wife is uncertain of the exact setting or circumstances of the boy’s transformation, but she’s been haunted by the central figure of this statue kid for years. Like I said, it’s not a lot to go on at all, but it was my hope that some of the other Traumatots here might remember something similar from their pasts. Thanks in advance for any help you can give!

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