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Name That Trauma:: Derek on Torturers Praying in a Castle Window

May 25th, 2015 · No Comments

Hey, I love your site so much. So much. Only you and your readers can help.

What I remember was seen on television in 1974. It may have been a show or a movie. I don’t remember color or black and white.

There was a castle with a torture chamber. A man and a woman were torturing a woman; she was chained up standing and there might have been the hint of a brand? It was all a lot of implication and creative edits.

Finally they killed her, and went to the window. There the man and the woman prayed to God to forgive them for being such jerks. I doubt they got it, as they weren’t the heroes of the movie.

If any traumateers can help, I would be sorely grateful!


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Name That Trauma:: Steven V. on a Wind-Up Killer Robot

May 18th, 2015 · 3 Comments

There was a film that’s opening so terrified me as a child that I could even get past the opening credits. I have searched, googled and asked people about it for yers, but NO-ONE I talk to in my age group (45) remembers anything remotely similar.

I remember it being a B&W movie (not a Twilight Zone or Outer Limits episode), but it very well could have been a muted color on TV. A housewife comes home at night and pulls into the driveway, then it cuts to a walking wind up toy robot with that winding sound, then she gets into the garage, cut to the walking wind up toy robot, she gets out bags, walking wind up toy robot and this back and forth goes on a bit, when she finally gets into the house the screen goes black and you hear her scream and then the movie title…

That is about all I can remember, but I would love to see it again and watch it all the way through, even though I have a phobia of small inanimate objects like dolls (Zuni Dolls in particular) coming to life!

Thanks for any help!

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Name That Trauma:: Chris N. on a Space Bat Lampshade

May 14th, 2015 · 3 Comments

Seen when I was a kid, and scarred me deeply:

A black and white B-grade sci-fi horror film, almost certainly 1950s. The scene that traumatized me was a young woman coming home to her apartment, where a space bat had either taken the place of her lampshade, or was hiding in the lampshade? Memories of course are fuzzy things.

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Name That Trauma:: Dan D. on Zombies, Cowboys and Hookers

May 13th, 2015 · 6 Comments

Here are the two movies I keep asking about.

There is a movie I saw as part of a double feature at the Castro Theater in San Francisco. It was black and white and it may have taken place in Africa. The movie was about some rich people who lived in a walled off complex and they were always nervous about the natives. The main star was possessed or hypnotized by a witch doctor. That is all I remember.

The second movie isn’t a horror film, and it was most likely from the 70s or 80s. All I remember is some young girl ran away or was kidnapped. She was forced into prostitution and doing drugs. The movie was about a cowboy or someone from the South coming to the city to rescue her. I think it was a Death Wish type movie.

Dan D.

UNK SEZ: Thanks Dan! I’ve got a hunch that the first flick you are looking for is 1943’s I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE (check out the trailer below). As for the second one…it’s killing me! I feel like I have seen it before. Maybe I’m just mixing together WINGS HAUSER’s western garb in VICE SQUAD (1982) with the brother/sister team that appears in STREETWALKIN’ (1985) though. We’re going to have to leave that one up to our knowledgable readers and I have a sinking feeling I’m going to be kicking myself when I hear the answer.

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Name That Trauma:: Becky M. on a Sleepy Spider Swallower

May 9th, 2015 · No Comments


My name is Becky and I was recommended to reach out to you folks with my search on an 80’s horror film I can’t track down info for. I must have been five or six at the time, and remember the trailer popping up on TV. It shows a woman lying on a bed, I think there are whispering voices in the dark, and a huge, hairy spider is very slowing coming down from the ceiling into her mouth!!! I was horrified and tried to cover my eyes, but I couldn’t stop myself from watching. I never saw the film, still have no idea what it is, but the image of the woman’s red lips opening and the spider about to go inside her mouth still creeps me out to this day!

Any info on this horror film would be greatly appreciated!

Thank again,

Becky M.

UNK SEZ: I’m pretty sure I’ve got your answer Becky! In fact, we’ve gotten a “Name That Trauma” on that very scene BEFORE. That’s almost certainly WES CRAVEN’s DEADLY BLESSING from 1981. Check out the trailer below….

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Name That Trauma:: Kevin B. on Eyeless Spaceship Twins

May 6th, 2015 · 3 Comments

Howdy! I’m trying to help out a friend here, who’s desperate to track down the source of many a nightmare. It was seen on Canadian TV in the late 90s, so it could either be a movie or a TV show.

It involves a pair of twins, both dressed identical, who board an alien spaceship. Afterwards, the ship’s door opens again and their eyes have been gouged out. She seems to recall they were being filmed by a TV crew, and perhaps they won the chance to go on the ship. She says that looking back, it may have been comedic in nature, but she’s not entirely sure.

If anybody has any hints or leads, that would be amazing.

Thanks a bunch!

Kevin B

UNK SEZ: This NTT should come with a trigger warning because even though I do not know the answer to it, the mere mention of twins and a spaceship has unearthed a memory of a movie I have longed to forget. That movie is SLAPSTICK OF ANOTHER KIND and now because I am evil and because it is on YouTube, I shall subject you to it as well as I’m not one to suffer alone…. Forgive me….

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Name That Trauma:: John G. on Wrist-Cutting European Zombies

April 20th, 2015 · 6 Comments

I remember watching this film as a kid about 20 years ago. I was really into zombie films at the time so I went to Blockbuster with my mother and rented this movie.

I don’t remember the title at all and what I remember of the movie may be slightly inaccurate. The movie was about a group of European girls (British or Irish) who were either zombies, vampires, or cannibals. They lived in an apartment where they kept dead bodies. I remember that they didn’t start out as zombies or whatever but they slowly transformed over what seemed to be weeks/months. I clearly remember a scene where one of the females went into a bathroom and looked into a mirror and then started cutting her arms and wrists. The scene was very graphic and lasted awhile. I also remember a male detective trying to find where these girls are and he eventually stumbles across where they live.

Unfortunately that is all I remember. I have spent many hours trying to find the name of this movie. If you could help me that would be awesome.

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Name That Trauma :: Raul F. on a Quickly Cancelled Monster Show

April 6th, 2015 · 4 Comments

I need confirmation of a little kid memory. There was a show I remember as “Monster Story” from the early ’70s. The title is probably wrong because I have researched it and found nothing. Then again, it could have been a show that was cancelled quickly and I just happened to see it. I’m pretty sure it was an anthology show and probably not on NBC, since I remember it as another network’s answer to “Night Gallery“. That leaves CBS or ABC in prime time, around 1972 or 73, if I am at all correct.

I don’t remember any details of episodes or even if there was more than one, but for some reason, a TV horror anthology called “Monster Story” sticks with me. Anyone?

Raul F.

UNK SEZ: Thanks for writing in, Raul! If you switch out the word “Monster” with “Ghost” you’ll end up with the excellent anthology show GHOST STORY which premiered in exactly 1972! After 13 episodes GHOST STORY changed its name to CIRCLE OF FEAR and lasted nine more episodes. I am happy to tell you that currently all of the episodes are available on YouTube and you can read about a few of my favorite episodes HERE. I hope I’m right, if not, the show is still very much worth checking out!

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Name That Trauma:: Joshua K. on a Purse Full of Bees

March 31st, 2015 · 5 Comments

I was wondering if anyone recognized this film or television show. It was clearly filmed in the ’80s. In the scene, a woman’s purse is nabbed by two men, who proceed to take it into an elevator while making their escape. When they open the purse, it proves to be full of bees, which sting the men. I believe one man drops over dead, while the other runs out of the elevator and into the streets, getting hit by a car. Can anyone guess where this is from?

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Name That Trauma:: Xaero on a Purple Puppet Swallowed by a Whale

March 12th, 2015 · No Comments

Hi, it’s Xaero again. I’m the one from way back who was traumatized by the hamster in acid on Celebrity Deathmatch. There’s something even more elusive bothering me this time. I’m not sure if you guys accept old 90’s edutainment games as traumatizes but that’s exactly what’s been bothering me.

I want to say this game was based off of a TV show because there were live-action puppet clips interspersed with the games and craft ideas. I recall there being a lighthouse and a purple or maybe white bird puppet. The scene in question that traumatized me at a very young age (now I just find it cool and want to see it again) was the purple bird had somehow gotten swallowed whole by a whale and was singing a song in its stereotypically cartoony ribcage stomach. I want to say the song was slower paced. If it helps any, the types of games were all ocean-related (I remember one where you had to dodge 3 electric eels to grab a treasure) and two of the crafts were “Ugfuzz” (A kind of egg-carton and lint monster) and “Dinosaur Eggs” (Basically nasty, vinegar-soaked Easter eggs).

I search through my storage nearly every weekend and can never find it. I’ve never seen a computer game as a NTT before and it appears my own mother has gotten rid of it at one of her garage sales. If anyone, anyone at all could help me find out what this was, or what show the clip was from, I would be eternally grateful.

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