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Name That Trauma :: Reader Carol McM. on a Killer Crossdresser

June 17th, 2010 by aunt john · 7 Comments

Dear Kindertrauma,

When I was very small, in the late ‘70s, I watched a movie on T.V. that seems to me was in color and made in the late ‘60s or early ‘70s. I think there was a “woman” who invited a few, select, people over for an extended stay in her huge mansion and I think they start dying.

Two parts I kind of remember are: a person wakes up in the middle of the night with a man standing at the foot of their bed in the shadows (but I also kind of remember that he goes back to that room twice and the second time gets hit on the head with something; and at one point we see the “woman” go into a room way, way in the back of her huge mansion house and see her take off her make-up – to show us that she is really a super creepy man (who snuck into people’s rooms in the dark)!

That freaked the freak right out of me.

Does this rambling sound familiar to anyone?

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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 mamamiasweetpeachesNo Gravatar // Jun 17, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Its not UNHINGED, is it?

  • 2 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Jun 17, 2010 at 10:13 am


    It does sound like Unhinged! The only thing that makes me wonder is that Unhinged is from 1982 
    and Carol said she saw it on TV in the late seventies.
    Still, the mansion and the man dressed up as a woman make sense.

  • 3 TaylorNo Gravatar // Jun 17, 2010 at 10:28 am

    But as I recall, in Unhinged there’s not a scene where the man takes off the woman-makeup to reveal what he/she really is…Isn’t it that the “woman” suddenly starts speaking in a man’s voice when explaining the truth?
    It’s not for me to say though, Unhinged nearly put me to sleep until that climax, so I’ve lost most details of it.

  • 4 EegahIncNo Gravatar // Jun 17, 2010 at 10:36 am

    Except for the very last part, it almost sounds just like Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls, but what that would have been doing on TV in the 70s is beyond me.

  • 5 senskiNo Gravatar // Jun 17, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    How about Don’t Open the Door, from 1975?

  • 6 cmcmcmcmNo Gravatar // Jun 17, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    I’ve seen Unhinged and Beyond the Valley of the Dolls and it’s not either of them – but man that Don’t Open the Door trailer pretty much has everything.  The thing that I remember most though about how it’s revealed that she is a man is she goes to the back room – in fact it almost seems like it’s back stage or something – and she is sitting at a table in front of a mirror with those make-up lights – like he/she is or was an actress.  When I saw THE COMEBACK I thought for a minute it might have been the movie cause of when Bosley is putting makeup on in front of one of those mirrors – and cause of the mansion – but that wasn’t it either.  I just put Don’t Open the Door in my neflix queue so I’ll see if that’s it.  Thanks for posting another one of my traumas!  It’s so exciting to see what people come up with.

  • 7 meep meepNo Gravatar // Dec 6, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Hey, if you haven’t named your trauma yet- check out The Streets of SanFransisco “The Mask of Death” season 3 episode 4. Don’t be misled by its crime genre. It has some some real creepy, made for TV horror scenes. It would also have fit in your time line- airing in the early seventies.

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