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Name That Trauma :: Reader Patrick Walsh on a Walled Weirdo

July 17th, 2010 by aunt john · 9 Comments

Hey there,

My buddy Jason from the Wrecking Crue podcast has been bugging everyone lately trying to recall this movie from his youth. Normally, I’m pretty good at hunting down obscure flicks based on only a scant bit of memories, but this was a little too scant for me. So, the first thing I thought to do was turn to the collective wisdom of the Kindertrauma community!

Here’s his description:

This young blonde girl moves into a building that if I recall is like a warehouse type building? Anyway she lives there alone, I think, and there are only two main characters in the film: her and a guy who I think is a cop.

There’s something about a person in the walls and secret passages, and I distinctly recall a scene where she pulls down the bathroom mirror and finds a passage.

I want to say she had some sort of mental problems in her past but again not 100%.

It wasn’t a horror film so much as a thriller and I think it would have been mid-’80s when it came out.

Any guesses, ‘cuz I am STUMPED!

Patrick K. Walsh

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9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Jul 17, 2010 at 11:39 am

    I’m not very confident about this but it sounds a little like “Through the eyes of a killer”

  • 2 phil d.No Gravatar // Jul 17, 2010 at 11:39 am

    That sounds like “Through The Eyes Of A Killer,” starring Marg Helgenberger and Richard Dean Anderson, and based on a Christopher Fowler story, “The Master Builder.” Helgenberger hires Anderson as a contractor to build out her new apartment, and he builds in a secret living space in the passages around her, behind the walls.  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0105583/

  • 3 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Jul 17, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Ack, I’m sorry Phil D!!! I didn’t see your comment to approve and now I look like I stole that tidbit from you! 

    but look they are both from 11:39! How weird.

  • 4 lottie_of_millhavenNo Gravatar // Jul 17, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Hey! I’ve actually been looking for this movie for ages!  I saw it when I was a teenager and though I wasn’t in love with it, the concept really freaked me out.  Thanks guys!

  • 5 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Jul 17, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    .

  • 6 moviejunkiNo Gravatar // Jul 18, 2010 at 9:19 am

    I’m almost positive you are talking about “Heart of Midnight” with Jennifer Jason Leigh and Peter Coyote.  She inherits an old night club/ hotel from a weird uncle and movies in with the intent to refurbish the place after being released from a  mental facility.  Other hints this might be the one are bondage outfits and strange appearances of apples?http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095286/

    On the image on IMDB Jennifer Jason Leigh has black hair but in the movie she is blonde.

  • 7 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Jul 18, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    moviejunki,

    I can’t believe I haven’t seen that one! I thought I’d seen every JJL movie!
    Two others that this reminded me of were
    “The fourth floor” with Juliette Lewis
    and “Scissors” with sharon stone
    but neither of those is the right time period

  • 8 moviejunkiNo Gravatar // Aug 14, 2010 at 7:15 am

    Hey unkle!

    You should check it out; it’s not bad.  I’ve always loved JJL. 

    Other things  that might help identify if this is “Heart of Midnight”….   JJL has a cast on her leg and smokes.  There is someone living in the walls.. a female.

  • 9 moviejunkiNo Gravatar // Aug 14, 2010 at 7:15 am

    Hey unkle!

    You should check it out; it’s not bad.  I’ve always loved JJL. 

    Other things  that might help identify if this is “Heart of Midnight”….   JJL has a cast on her leg and smokes.  There is someone living in the walls.. a female.

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