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Name That Trauma:: M.W. on a Skeleton Glider Picnic

April 15th, 2014 · No Comments

In the late 1950s or early 1960s I watched a movie on television that scared the hell out of me. Help! Do you know what movie it was?

It was about a jovial group of friends who went on a picnic where they took turns going up in a glider plane in smaller groups. One of these small groups of friends went up in the glider plane and neither the plane or the group returned.

Either on the first anniversary of the disappearance of the glider and their friends, or years later on the anniversary of the disappearance of the glider and their friends, the surviving friends went to the exact same location to picnic and remember their friends.

And guess what . . . the glider returned and in it were the skeletons of their friends.

Scary stuff!

Do you know the name of this movie, or maybe it was a Twilight Zone or Outer Limits. Help! I want to see this again.

UNK SEZ: Thanks for writing in, M.W.! I got lucky with some googling and I think I found your Skeleton Glider Picnic! It seems you are remembering an episode of ONE STEP BEYOND entitled “Reunion”. If the Youtube comments are any indication you are not the only person with a strong memory of this episode. Interestingly, there seems to be some debate about wether the skeleton was originally shown or if viewers just remember it that way based on the narrator’s description. Watch below and let us know if it is anything like you remember!

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Name That Trauma :: Reader Daniel on a Cheeky Doll in a TV Studio

April 14th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Hello my name is Daniel, and first of all I wanted to say thank you! I have been a fan of your site for years. Without your site, I never would have seen Summer Girl!

Anyway, I can’t remember the name of an early 1990s horror movie. I thought it was called “Time Killer” or “Timekill“?, but sadly no. The basic plot is a man in a TV studio, it almost seems like he is on some kind of soundstage, and he holds a small doll with puffy cheeks, and there are lots of shots of the doll, and also a weird announcer dude. The whole movie is very dark, almost no daylight shots. I think there are a couple kill scenes, but its super minimal/atmospheric.

I rented it once from a video store in 2002, lol! It was one of the scariest movies I have ever seeeeeen!

Any help would be appreciated.


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Name That Trauma:: Philip W. on Shell Shocked Plane Crash Survivors

April 2nd, 2014 · 3 Comments

Had this resurface from my subconscious the other day…probably the most obscure T.V. memory I have floating through my head. Back in the ’70s I saw either a T.V. movie or show that featured an actor with grey or white hair that I believe may have been PETER GRAVES (or looked like him). He and a younger actor and actress (can’t remember much about them, but they were about mid-20s I think) were traveling somewhere overseas to locate the wreckage of a WW 2-era bomber. They were in a helicopter and were looking out over terrain that had rolling hills and lots of oak trees (kind of what you see in a lot of movies filmed on location in California). They finally spotted the plane and landed, getting out and checking over the wreckage. But the pilot had a combat flashback, panicked, and took off without them. After that they came upon one of the crash survivors who was pretty old by this time and pretty much out of his mind. They tried to persuade him to return with them, but he wouldn’t, preferring to stay with the plane and his fellow crew members (who were all dead and buried). I can’t remember the ending, but I’m fairly sure he stayed behind when the other three were eventually picked up.

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Name That Trauma:: George H. on Hapless Helicopter Help

March 17th, 2014 · 8 Comments

Hi, I love your site and you have helped me to i.d. numerous kid traumas lost to the sands of time even with the Internet. I have one left.

I saw this movie on free T.V. in the NYC area in the mid-to-late ‘70s/early ‘80s as a kid on the weekend. I remember the ending only. Basically, it’s two men (prisoners or soldiers) struggling to make their way through the jungle to an escape army helicopter as they are pursued by the enemy. The prisoners are worse for wear as the helicopter lands with a soldier or two getting out to provide cover fire for the escapees. The returning fire proves overwhelming and the chopper leaves without being able to pick up our heroes. The movie ends with a freeze-frame of the men’s faces.

Does anyone know what the name of this movie was? Over 35 years later, I still remember this downbeat ending.

Thank you,

George H.

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Traumafession & NTT:: Dustin in Minnesota on Dusty’s Treehouse & HBO’s Short Takes

March 5th, 2014 · 2 Comments

Dustin in Minnesota again, with a two-fer.

My “Name That Trauma” was more freaky than scary, and was actually somewhat amusing. It was a film short I recall seeing at a movie theater before the movie. I also saw it as one of HBO‘s Short Takes. This was sometime around 1981.

It started with a young boy riding his bike and singing a song. He then arrives at home, where his older brother is mixing up a concoction of kitchen ingredients, which he then makes his younger brother drink. The younger brother turns into a chicken, but still has a human voice, begging his brother to return him to normal. The older brother mixes the correct ingredients and changes his brother back.

Does anyone remember this, and if so, do you have a title? I have searched several times on the Internet for this with no results.

My Traumafession was the ONE episode of Dusty’s Treehouse that I watched in the early 1970s. If you aren’t familiar with that show, as best as I recall it was puppets of squirrels and other treefolk, similar to when Mr. Rogers had his neighborhood of make-believe — except the whole show was puppets. On one episode, one of the squirrels had taken someone else’s medication and was very sick. The lesson was to not take medicine unless your parents gave it to you.

The reason this episode might have freaked me out so much was because when I was about 2 or 3 I took an entire bottle of iron pills and was rushed to the hospital to have my stomach pumped.

This ties in with my first Traumafession here, the Mr. Yuk commercial that terrified me so much. Maybe the iron pills made the idea of poisoning all the more terrifying to me.

Love the site, keep it coming!

Dustin in Minnesota

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Name That Trauma:: R.H. on a One-Eyed Baby in a Box

March 4th, 2014 · 6 Comments

Hi Kindertrauma!

I have been looking for this one for years and could use your expert help.

One day, in the early 90s, I turned on my black and white TV to the only channel it got, which was a UHF PBS channel in Washington State, and there was a very strange film being shown. (I believe it was British, like most things on the channel.) What I saw began with two people in a car diving up to a forested hill in the country and getting out. (My memories are super rusty…) I think they may have been cops. They walked into the forest and explored until they came upon an old house/shack. They went inside and found an old box…. they opened the box and… there was a baby with one eye inside the box – alive. Just then, they saw someone running off in the woods and one of the men chased after them. I don’t know why, but it gave my child mind the creep chills and I shut it off.

I vaguely remember looking it up in a TV guide later and finding something called “The boy in the box”, but again, my memories are likely rotten and I’m getting it mixed up with the classic Corey Hart song.

Any ideas would be appreciated – thanks!

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Name That Trauma:: Bdwilcox on a Co-worker’s Underground Insect Aliens

February 27th, 2014 · 2 Comments

This Traumafession comes from a co-worker. He has been seeking out a movie, a single clip of which has been burned into his psyche for decades now, but all his Google-fu has come up short. He said it’s a post WW2 ‘Earth invaded by aliens’ B-movie in black and white that was released around the same time as the original ‘The Blob’. In the movie, the first time the hapless Earthlings glimpse the alien invaders it’s on a black and white closed-circuit TV in the subway and the aliens resemble grasshoppers or cockroaches. That’s it, that’s all he remembers. Please help him solve this mysteria othopterae.



UNK SEZ: I think I got it! I had no idea and then it hit me like a ton of bricks! I think your co-worker must be talking about QUATERMASS AND THE PIT which is rife with both subways and grasshopper aliens! If he saw it in black and white then it must have been the 1958 TV version rather than the 1967 theatrical color version from HAMMER (AKA FIVE MILLION YEARS TO EARTH). Let us know if your co-worker recognizes the video below!

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Name That Trauma:: Reader D. B. on a Voodoo Fire Starter

February 25th, 2014 · 6 Comments

OK, so I’ve got one thats been haunting me for twenty years of so. I remember watching this particular trauma on TV in the early nineties. Maybe ’92?

All I remember is a little kid playing with a voodoo doll. I want to say the kid started using the voodoo doll after seeing parents fornicating. – I could be wrong on the motive. I remember the action escalating to a point where the man was set on fire. I’ve had very vivid memories of this particular nightmare, but have never been able to place this movie or TV episode.

I know this isnt much to go on, but it’s all my fading memory has given me to work with. I’ve been a genre fan as far as I can remember and this movie or TV show has yet to cross my path twice.

Any help would be appreciated!

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Name That Trauma :: Reader Sonny W. on Supernatural Spanish Siblings

February 17th, 2014 · 4 Comments

Hey Guys,

Have had this one rolling around my head for a while and thought I might be able to find it but no luck so far so am turning it over to the experts.

This may be a combo of memories that I’ve created one movie with but I think I have the majority of details right. I saw this one night as I was half asleep and wanted to track it down to watch the whole thing.

The following may or may not be true:

  • Recent-”ish” movie from say within the last 10 or 15 years
  • I think it may have been Spanish or Mexican in origin. If not the male and female lead were both Hispanic
  • Involves a family who come under attack by paranormal sources
  • There is a daughter who is maybe 15 or 16 and the son is 11 or 12. I think the son may be seeing things or have some other contact with the paranormal and the Dad either doesn’t believe him or doesn’t want to believe him. The sister either believes him or sees these things as well
  • At the end I think there is some sort of confrontation involving the kids and Mom against the Dad

Again, these memories are all very vague and half of them might have been dreams I had while falling asleep/waking up while this was on. Sorry it’s not much to go on but hopefully I’ve got a few things right to identify it with.

Thanks for any help and thanks again for the great website, for someone like myself who grew up in the ’70s/’80s, it is truly a treasure chest of horror nostalgia.

– Sonny W.

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Name That Trauma:: Reader Michelle D. on a Haunted House PC Game

February 4th, 2014 · No Comments


I Just thought of another thing that scared me as a child. The only problem is, I don’t know what it’s called! It was a game for the PC from the ’90s and in the game you are trapped inside a haunted house. The only way to get out was to search the house to find thirteen keys before the clock in the house struck thirteen o’ clock. If it struck thirteen, the game was over. Characters would appear in the room you are in now and again and you could give these characters an item and they will give you one in return (sometimes a key). There was a two headed monster, Frankenstein, a female vampire, a hunchback, a little boy, a mad scientist and a genie or ghost named Graeme (only character name I can remember). Characters weren’t the only thing to appear, but monsters would also appear every now and then. These monsters weren’t friendly as they would attack you if you didn’t leave the room in time. My older brother thought that some of the monsters were wimpy, but they did scare me. Especially the hangman victim who grew long fingernails and clawed you! That affected me for ages afterwards.

If anyone can help me figure out the name of this game that will be great.

Thank you!

UNK SEZ: Thanks for writing in Michelle! I believe I found your game. You were very close on the ghost’s name but it was actually “Gahan” as he was named after the man who inspired the game, kindertrauma legend Gahan Wilson! The game is called GAHAN WILSON’S ULTIMATE HAUNTED HOUSE. You can read up on it HERE and HERE and there are plenty of videos on Youtube to check out if you want to revisit some haunted memories!

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