I absolutely love your site, and it brought to mind a childhood trauma I’d finally managed to forget (thanks!) I must have been around 5 years old at the time, so this happened somewhere around 1994, but I get the feeling the movie was maybe a good deal older than that. I also don’t think we had a VCR at the time, meaning this was a T.V. broadcast.
So, on to the trauma! My parents were watching a film, and all I remember about it is this particular scene that scared the living hell out of me at the time and for many years later. I have a pretty spotty memory but even now I can vividly recall the scene – this woman is strapped into a guillotine, but she’s put into it the wrong way around – she’s laying on her back instead of her stomach so she can see the blade about to descend.
There’s this terrible tension as she’s looking up at the blade, then suddenly it drops and decapitates her. I can’t remember a single other thing about the movie, though I get the idea that it was definitely a modern setting despite the guillotine, and it may have had some weird religious theme.
My parents have denied ever watching such a thing when I’ve asked them recently, and no one else ever seems to know what I’m talking about.
Help me kindertrauma, you’re my only hope!
UPDATE: NAME THAT TRAUMA SOLVED! Tip of the hat to kinderpal Taylor who knew that the beheading in question came from A THIEF IN THE NIGHT.