One of my favorite things about co-hosting the seventies throw-back variety show KINDERTRAUMA is that I learn something new everyday, either by researching traumafessions or by the comments left by you, our dear readers. Yesterday, after one of my favorite people on Earth, cousin KITTY LECLAW, mentioned TINA YOTHERS in a comment, I went about finding a suitably embarrassing clip of YOTHERS to send her way. I inadvertently fell into a youtube k-hole that resulted in my discovery of the video game NIGHT TRAP. How did I miss out on this? What the hell was I doing in 1992? (I shudder to think, was that the year I was a frequently blacking-out, devout CURVE groupie or a well-paid white lotus yoga instructor?) The late DIFF’RENT STROKE’s DANA PLATO starred in this live action video game where players attempted to save slumber party girls from roaming vampiric marauders with the use of security cameras and hidden traps. The game was banned for being indecent, is partially responsible for the video game rating system used today, was ranked the twelfth worst of all time by ELECTRONIC GAMING MONTHLY, and was even publicly lambasted by none other than CAPTAIN KANGAROO. Again, where was I and what was I drinking when all this was going down? If I’d only known I would have been all over this like a suicidal pigeon on rice! Check out this scene from the game and tell me the cackling evil “adult” characters are not right off of ELM STREET…
Yeah I’ll admit it, I’ve watched that clip about ten times now. That bed-trap lady cracks me up, and hows’ bout that rad music score? This game looks way too awesome to me. It smacks of that rarely found perfect mixture of oddly creepy and patently ridiculous. Oh 1992, I’m so sorry that I ignored you, apparently you were not so boring after all!
MORE ON NIGHT TRAP:
- A fascinating mini-doc about the controversy HERE
- The amazing, beyond reason slumber party scene that includes the NIGHT TRAP theme song HERE
- NIGHT TRAP on Wikepedia HERE
- The NIGHT TRAP “movie” in 5 parts HERE