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Name That Trauma:: Kevin’s Girlfriend on an Outdoor Hammer Murder

July 15th, 2015 · 6 Comments

Hello, this is Kevin from HouseofMysteriousSecrets.com; my girlfriend is trying to track down the title of a movie she saw when she was a young teen. Below is her memory of it, do you think your team of experts might be able to figure out what this one is? Thanks!!!

Okay, so the one memory I have from a movie I cannot identify is something I saw on VHS when I was about nine years old. I probably only saw ten minutes before my mom flipped out and we went to bed. It was a man being beaten to death with a hammer. The killer was a fully visible older male (not a faceless stone cold killer). He was verbally mocking his victim while he was trying to run away. The setting was outside. I think in the scene they show them exiting a house into a back yard (?). The kill happens outdoors in daylight. I remember it being ultra violent compared to anything else I had seen at the time. It is very possible they showed the hammer to head impact. It was super low budget and grainy. Could be 80’s but it didn’t look like typical 80’s slasher style, more exploitation gore. It was a memory that stuck with me because it was one of the first times after I started watching horror that I actually closed my eyes and had not wanted to watch. Also the fact that my mom was so upset by it.

Hmm… since I was nine years old and only watched ten minutes it isn’t a very clear memory, many details could be inaccurate. If I get at least one significant detail correct someone might be able to figure out the movie based on that… if they take into consideration that my memory might be off or blended with a memory of another movie I had seen. I felt like there was some obvious exploitation element to it… like the killer was a preacher or the guy he killed was mentally challenged or something super disturbing.

A few years ago I had come across the film on youtube in a gore compilation video. Somehow I managed to lose the title of it. I remember it having a striking title that I would probably recognize if I came across it again (perhaps multiple word title). Also in my research of the film I found that it had a small fan base and at the time they were excited that there was word about it getting a DVD release; I’m uncertain if this ever happened. It also seemed that rest of the film was a pretty extreme gorefest so the film may be know for it’s low budget practical efx. I since spent hours on youtube trying to locate clips and doing google searches and I have not yet been able to identify. Most likely this film is underground and very obscure. Hope someone can help. I’d be very impressed and curious to see how much of my description is accurate.

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Name That Trauma :: Reader Tenshi on a Rotating Table Torture Device

June 30th, 2015 · 3 Comments

Hey! It’s me again, Tenshi. Living above the clouds, wearing flamboyant clothing, and seeing everything through a child’s mind is fun, but it can also lead to some nightmare fuel. Here’s one I can’t remember.

It had to be around the late ‘70s, early ‘80s (1977-1982?). There was some show – a cartoon, live-action TV, I just cannot remember – where they had a torture device. I think (and I only THINK) it might have been an anime of some sort. There were these people that had someone strapped down Clockwork Orange-style with a laser beam pointed directly at her. She struggled to escape, but she couldn’t since she was trapped laying down on the operating table. Then the table ROTATED UPSIDE DOWN and she let out this EAR-SPLITTING SCREECH (similar to Suneo/Sneech’s scream when he got put into a coma after eating Gian/Big G’s horrible pizza in that Doraemon episode). The people laughed uproariously as they injected something into her, and the beam fired. There was dark piano music backing up the entire thing that made it scarier.

Good God. That traumatized me. I was terrified of operating tables for YEARS, well into the early ‘90s. Seeing the after mentioned Doraemon episode last week made me think of her scream when I heard Sneech screaming.

I remember the woman was in her late teens-early twenties (I think), had pink hair (that’s what makes me think it was an anime), and wore a black minidress (again, I THINK). I only remember what she looked like and what the music sounded like. It’s been in my head for thirtysomething years.

Please tell me what this was. I want to end my childhood trauma for once and for all.

Speaking to you from Bhrava-Agra,

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Name That Trauma:: Jason From Brazil on an Actress Tormented by a Fire Scarred Former Friend

May 27th, 2015 · 5 Comments

Hello from Brazil! My name is Jason and I’m a big fan of your site.

First of all, sorry for my bad English.

Well, there’s this movie ( I guess I watched it around 1994) and I can’t remember many details about it, but here goes the “main details”. Basically, it’s about an actress (I’m not sure if she’s a movie star or a TV actress) and the mysterious murders/bad things that happen to her and to the ones closer to her.

By the end of the movie, we learn that one of the women from the make up/fx crew is the muderer: she’s revealed as a girl from the main actress’ past; she tried to ruin her birthday party (when they were kids) and was severely burned when her hair caught on fire as she got too close to the candles. So, years later, she used her skills to disguise herself and to get close to the actress and ruin her life.

I guess this is it… Maybe some of these details are off, but I’ve only watched it once in 20 years! LOL.

Thank you very much. I hope you can help me!

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Name That Trauma:: Hailey on a Cartoon Thunderclap Drug PSA

May 26th, 2015 · No Comments

Hey guys. You are so awesome, been readin’ you for years, mate. Anyways, I want to see if you can identify something that scared the living daylights outta me as a young’un. Here we go.

It was a PSA, and it aired around the early 1970s, if I believe. It opened with live-action kids looking at drugs of some sort. A thunderclap sounded, lightning crashed, and the live-action turned to cartoon. The children were sent flying through a Yellow Submarine/The Wall reject, with puppets (think Sid & Marty Krofft-style) singing (rapping?) in rhyming iambic trimeter about not using drugs, or else it would ruin their lives. A thunder and lightning crash later, it went back to live-action, and the kids knew not to do drugs. It ended with a black screen with white text along the lines of “it’s about time you say no”.

I lived in Cincinatti, although I think this was broadcast in other states. I remember one of the kids was a girl who looked like the one in the infamous “Cracks” Sesame Street short. The music was an eerie Moog synthesizer and lots of synth sound effects. And, of course, there was Scanimate.

Please help me with this. I’m beginning to think I made it up.

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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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