I sent a trauma last month, but alas it’s unsolved so far. However, I have total faith in Kindertrauma to identify these two trash-movie-memories that came back to me last night.
Both are horror movies, probably ‘70s – ‘80s, and maybe Italian.
One has a scene near the beginning; a character walks through a dark passage with expressionistic paintings covering the walls. Later it is revealed that one of the portraits was actually a living person hiding among the paintings. The face was “witchy,” I think. The trick must’ve been well executed because we rewound the video to inspect the original scene and, sure enough, the live actor (or actress) was there. We just hadn’t noticed the first time around.
The other movie had a final act which owed more than a passing debt to THE SHINING. Dad’s gone berserk, mother’s traumatised, and her attempts to protect her young son are frustrated by whacked-out shape-shifting highjinks. I think there’s a scene where she approaches what appears to be her son, only for “him” to reveal his face as a grotesque monster (shades of DON’T LOOK NOW, although the face here was more of a supernatural-rubber-prosthetics-fest). I know there was a scene with a surprisingly successful “effect,” whereby the son appears to the mother at the end of a corridor, rushes toward her, and on arrival, morphs into the maniacal father. This was achieved by positioning the camera so that the boy drops out of shot as he is arriving at the mother’s feet, at which point the actor playing the father springs up in front of her.
Keeping my fingers crossed that one of these will ring a bell with someone.
UNK SEZ:: Liam, so sorry that your last “Name That Trauma” still stands unanswered, don’t give up though! As for these two new queries I am glad to say that one is already solved. That second movie you mentioned, the one with the boy morphing into his crazed dad, is one of my favorites, MARIO BAVA‘s SHOCK A.K.A. BEYOND THE DOOR 2 from 1977!
So that’s one down, let’s see if any one out there recognizes the first one, it sounds familiar…
UPDATE: NAME THAT TRAUMA SOLVED! Thanks to Taylor for getting the first one with DARIO ARGENTO‘s DEEP RED.