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Name That Trauma:: BFD on a Possessed Doll and a Backwoods Psycho

May 4th, 2016 · 2 Comments

WITCH POSSESSION MOVIE WITH GIRL WITH DOLL

Around the mid 70s we watched some movie, which was on in the afternoon, concerning some family possessed by a witch or something. The family was very much of the typical wholesome 70s type group, with a husband, wife and little girl and boy. The big thing I remember about this was that the little girl had a rag-type doll. At one point, either the witch, or the girl herself, altered the doll so that it looked evil. This was a sure sign that the witch was present. Also, I think the parents became mean as well, when they fell under the spell. There might have been one of those typical downbeat twist endings to this one, which were common back in the day. But I swear this almost had the feel of an Afterschool Special. To this day I have no idea what this was, even though I have a ton of horror movie books and have not come across it. It might have been a made-for-tv affair, I can’t recall. The one thing I remember was the girl and the doll.

BACKWOODS PSYCHO MOVIE

Ok, I wasn’t a kid when I caught this one on TV, but being a horror fan I would have thought I’d have come across this at some point in all these years. All I remember is a scene where some backwoods psychos capture this girl. They’re not total hicks, however, as they have access to certain medical drugs. One of the killers injects this girl with something and he tells her its a local anesthetic. As a result, she is fully conscious and aware, but is paralyzed as well. The idea is he and his accomplices are going to chop her up or something and she’ll be awake and aware the entire time–a grisly proposition to say the least. There are at least two male villains and maybe even a female accomplice. This all takes place inside an unremarkable interior of a house–no texas chainsaw style weirdo trappings. There was probably some kind of twist ending to this thing (although I can’t recall specifics) and it must have come out in the late 70s/early 80s. It was that business with the local anesthetic that I remember though, as I’ve never before or since seen that plot device used in a horror film. All I know is that it was not “Last House on Dead End Street”, as I’ve seen that movie(thinking it may have been this), and that wouldn’t have been on TV back then anyway.

Sincerely,
BFD

UNK SEZ: The possessed doll movie sounds a bit like my beloved CATHY’S CURSE but if that was the case, you probably would have bumped into it by now. As for the second backwoods psycho title, I’m pretty sure you’re talking about 1990’s marvelous BLOOD SALVAGE featuring ELM STREET’s own JOHN SAXON. If I live to be a hundred I’ll never understand why BLOOD SALVAGE is not more popular among horror fans. It’s such a great flick and it has just about everything going for it except maybe a memorable title. I guess you can lead a horse to YouTube but you can’t make him watch! Hey, look! It’s BLOOD SALVAGE below! I’m Crossing my skeleton fingers that I’m correct but if not, BLOOD SALVAGE is still worth another tip of the hat!

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Name That Trauma:: Anon Y. on A Neglected Boy in a Futuristic House

May 1st, 2016 · 3 Comments

I see that your website helps identify old shows, particularly the creepy kind. Could you guys identify this one for me? It’s an episode of a show of the Twilight Zone/Outer Limits type. I think it’s from the 80s. It’s about a little boy who lives in a large minimalist style house with his mom and dad who ignore him. He takes care of himself, finding his own food somehow in the kitchen that doesn’t have anything that’s good for kids. A man (an angel?) starts showing up and eventually takes the little boy away from the house, rescuing him I suppose. I don’t think the parents ever noticed that the little boy had disappeared. If I remember right, I think that items were disappearing from the house before the little boy was taken away, like his toys and other things he needed or that the parents wouldn’t need when he was gone. I’m not sure about that part, though. I remember it being a very quiet episode, not much dialogue, and the house was very airy, kind of what people in the past would think of as houses of the future — but I don’t know if it was set in the future. I’ve looked for it on Twilight Zone and Outer Limits episode lists and on lists of similar series. I can’t find it. Does anyone know what show and episode this is?

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Name That Trauma:: Buddo on a Giant Claw Weapon Trailer

April 28th, 2016 · No Comments

When I was a kid growing up in the 1970’s, only one movie theater in town was allowed to show DISNEY movies, and it was called the Manor Theater. In the 1980’s, it was featured briefly in the Stephen King feature CAT’S EYE, in the sequence where gamblers were laying odds on whether or not a frightened kitty cat could scurry across the street before being squashed by the oncoming downtown traffic.

The Manor was in the shady part of town, which always made it extra exciting when we’d go see DISNEY movies there, especially at night. I recall heading there to see 101 DALMATIANS with my family, and my dad’s sister’s family when it was re-released, and my Aunt Judy decided to sit in the back of the Station Wagon with us kids for some reason. Anyway, she dropped a hankie or something, and assumed it was beneath me, and was digging under my little butt for it until I got irritated and snapped, “Get your fanny out of my finger,” and everyone burst out laughing at my slip of the tongue.

Other than Disney movies, the Manor also showed B-movies on a regular basis, and eventually became the town’s first discount “Dollar Movie,” where my cousin and I last saw CLASH OF THE TITANS during its final run back in the 80’s, when I was a teenager. I recall seeing COMIN’ AT YA! in 3-D with my best friend there, but my strongest memory of the Manor was when I went to see THE ISLAND AT THE TOP OF THE WORLD there…(well, that, and an Easter Sunday Double Feature of the WITCH MOUNTAIN movies, which we talked the manager into letting us stay to see one more time; oh, what fun it was). Anyway…

Before the DISNEY features began, even before the cartoons they’d sometimes show, the Manor would occasionally regale us kids with trailers for more grown-up fare, which made a trip to that theater all the more provocative for us. Before ISLAND AT THE TOP OF THE WORLD began, I recall we’d decided to slip up to the balcony of the theater (another big treat for us, because we rarely got to do this), and with our Dip’n Stick candy in hand, we got ready for the show, and some possibly creepy movie trailers.

I do not know the name of the movie the trailer I’m writing about was, but I do know that it was an early 1970’s movie, and it was set in Africa – possibly during the historical time period when the British Army was having regular skirmishes with the Zulu tribes or other natives who rejected their presence. I recall seeing golden plains, a caravan of some sort, and African warriors in full regalia, including exquisite head-dressings, spears, shields, etc. Note that it was not ZULU DAWN, or ZULU! as I am familiar with them, but it had a very similar look. What stood out to me, though, was a close-up of a large weapon with a massive paw with giant claws that was suddenly hoisted into the air — zoomed in on, if I remember correctly – and then it strikes someone below. A woman, I think, who’s skirt has been torn from her in such a way as to expose her leg. As it slashes her leg, it leaves bloody tracks where the claws raised her flesh — and that’s all I remember, other than images of fire, and a battle sequence. Long story short: the trailer both fascinated and horrified me, and I’ve wanted to see that movie ever since… I have no idea if it was a major release, or a B-movie, or what — but I’ve not seen the trailer since I saw ISLAND AT THE TOP OF THE WORLD from that balcony in the Manor Theater. If anyone can tell me what the name of the movie was, I’s be forever grateful.

BUDDO – A regular here at our favorite childhood haunt.

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Name That Trauma:: Warren F. on a Burnt Faced Boy

April 16th, 2016 · 1 Comment

Hello,

I’ve written to you before and you added my little archetypal childhood fear on your website. It was titled “confessions by Warren F.“, in it I related the story about a large muppet on “The Ed Sullivan Show” where Jim Henson had a “Gluttonous” huge puppet that ate “it’s own” smaller version of itself… you put this on your website and I thought that was really cool.

I have another memory of a movie where there is a boy who half of his face is “burned” or “mutilated” somehow. His eye on the messed up side is totally white. He is being followed or is leading a man into an area, and it starts to rain. When the rains begin the nearby “Black Boulders” start to absorb the water and to grow into huge columns that start to collapse and the man and the boy have to find safety…. I just wonder if anyone out there can help me with this obviously twisted but true memory?

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Name That Trauma:: Bill S. on an Animated Nuclear Terrorist

March 26th, 2016 · 7 Comments

Okay, I’ve got a hell of a poser for you: way way back in ’74 or ’75, there was an animated TV movie that seemed to center around nuclear terrorism; specifically a group of terrorists using a computer (named – I swear I didn’t imagine this – “Tarzan”), and threatening to detonate a nuclear weapon. I remember being right freaked out by the leader of the group as he sat in their bunker, reading a list of demands, his face – heck, his whole self – covered in what I now know was a nuclear/biological/chemical warfare suit (you know, full face gas mask, hood, gloves etc.) The group and their aims were unclear to my 5-year-old self, but it seemed less political and more cult-like. The culmination was that the bomb did go off, and one of the bad guys (possibly the leader) was thrown or fell out of a helicopter as it flew over the ruined city. I’ve tracked down every weird sci-fi or horror movie I was exposed to back when I was a tyke except for three, and this is one of ’em. The others are a beautiful, almost sketch-art like cartoon about fairies, the other about two kids who travel time after drinking from a fountain in the courtyard of an old mansion.

Anyway, thanks for listening, I hope maybe someone there can be of help.

-Bill S.

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Name That Trauma :: Reader Robert E. on a Killer Piano

March 21st, 2016 · No Comments

Hi

I have a movie in need of identification. I remember seeing one of those horror anthology films from the ’70s with one story being very memorable.

The story I remember is that there is this famous pianist who always plays the same piano for his concerts. The piano even has a name something like “utopi.” The pianist gets married to a young ambitious woman against his mother’s wishes. The mother fears that the new wife will be a distraction to her son’s music career. Also when the pianist speaks about his music he seems to exhibit the belief that “utopi” is alive.

Spoiler alert The piano comes alive and kills the wife!

I would appreciate of your readers could help me again.

Robert E.

UNK SEZ: Hey, Robert! I’m thinking the killer piano you’re looking for is lurking in the 1967 AMICUS horror anthology TORTURE GARDEN!
Check out this description from the wikipedia page

“In Mr. Steinway, a possessed grand piano by the name of Euterpe becomes jealous of its owner (John Standing)’s new lover (Barbara Ewing) and takes revenge”.

And I got some good news for you! TORTURE GARDEN is available on YouTube so you can check it out right now!

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Name That Trauma:: Buddo on an EC Comics Living Dead Girl

March 19th, 2016 · 5 Comments

I post on an EC Fan-Addicts forum on Facebook, and a friend wrote the following today. I was wondering if anyone might remember this:

Was recently watching a French tv series on Netflix about people who return from the dead in the same state as they were right before they died. Its called Les Revenants. Thought of a story I read in one of the EC comics (I think) about a guy who had a significant girlfriend when he was very young, probably early teens. She disappears while swimming. When the guy is in his 20s he or someone else finds this girl’s body, perfectly preserved, and he sees her as a little child and he has become a man. Anyone remember this? It’s not pure horror but the whole premise struck me hard even though I was a teenager at the time.

BUDDO

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Name That Trauma:: David H. L. on a Talking Tombstone TV Movie

March 3rd, 2016 · 5 Comments

Love your website…I’m trying to track down a 70’s made-for-TV movie that scared the crap out of me as a kid. The one thing I remember is that it had a woman who felt guilt over her aunt’s or mother’s death and the relative appeared in a dream (I think) as part of tombstone – like just her head sticking out and talking to the heroine. It terrified me to no end…any ideas what that might be?

Thanks!

Cordially,

David H.L.

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Name That Trauma:: Craig B. on Teens Picked Off by a Mummy in an Old Dark House

January 26th, 2016 · 3 Comments

I’ve never been able to meet up with one of my first memories, delivered by television between 1962 and ’66?

Memories being the nebulous things they are, as I recall it involved a group of teens that enter an old dark house, where they are picked off one-by-one by a bulky mummy-type thing that lurks behind secret panels in the walls. In the end, the hero makes it out alive…only to be paused at the sight of some gollum perched on the top of the gate archway, gnawing on…something.

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Name That Trauma:: Darkko on Bumpy Maggot Bites

January 6th, 2016 · 1 Comment

Hello everyone at KT,

I’ve been searching on and off for years, looking for a film that traumatized me as a child.

I remember a kid, maybe around 8-12 years old. He either gets lost or escapes into a forest. Exhausted, the kid falls asleep. He wakes up, covered in bumpy bites. Upon inspecting them, maggots start to come out of the sores!

This was extra disturbing to me, as my dad would spend much of his free time tanning outside. I would witness flies landing on him, and I thought for sure what happened in this film would happen to him!

I was probably around 12 when I saw it, so late 80s or early 90s is when I most likely watched it. I thought it might be The Emerald Forest 1985, but I just watched it and it was a no go.

Thanks for any help, and long live KINDERTRUAMA!

~ Darkko

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