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Name That Trauma :: Reader Kylee H.’s Pal on a Malevolent Mirror

September 12th, 2010 by aunt john · 9 Comments

I was discussing horror films with a friend and he remembered a movie, but no title. He said:

“I remember the main character (a woman) having flash-forward dreams of her walking out of a church pissed off with overlapping talking, a mirror that was painted over and the devil or a demon was inside, and she removes the paint and lets him out of the mirror. A guy is talking to some people on the second floor of the building – but it’s not him, it’s the devil/demon animating him because his head falls off and he’s filled with cockroaches, and to try and kill the devil she jumps into the mirror at the end, and she’s suspended in mid-air and then the flash-forward scene is the end, and it’s a reporter talking.”

Being a loyal fan, I told him the wonderful guys at Kindertrauma might be able to help!

UPDATE: NAME THAT TRAUMA SOLVED! Thanks to reader Tim Tylor for realizing that this trauma comes from JOHN CARPENTER’s PRINCE OF DARKNESS!

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9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tim TylorNo Gravatar // Sep 12, 2010 at 9:35 am

    That sounds pretty much like John Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness.

  • 2 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Sep 12, 2010 at 10:21 am

    Tim Tylor, I think you got it! 

    I just had a eureka moment and was coming here to suggest the same thing but ya beat me to it.
    When I first read this all I could think of was “Mirror Mirror”

    We had a “Name that trauma” for Prince Of Darkness once before and I missed it that time too!
    Forgive me J.C.! Good going T.T!

  • 3 rifframoneNo Gravatar // Sep 12, 2010 at 11:27 am

    This is weird- I sent in a ‘Name That Trauma’ a few weeks ago that I now see was for this movie.  All I could remember were the video scenes from the future.  Guess two birds were killed with one stone here- how fitting!  Thanks!

  • 4 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Sep 12, 2010 at 1:31 pm


    YES! your Name that trauma is PRINCE OF DARKNESS too!:

    I know this is an easy one, but I’m having some sort of brain-freeze and the movie that that this scene is from escapes me.I’m sure I saw it in a theatre in the 80’s. Nothing else about the movie is coming to me except for the ending which has a fuzzy video flash-forward that has been sent back in time somehow.  In the future video a dark cloaked figure is walking out of a building- possibly a school, church or some other kind of institutional building- and there is a voiceover saying something like ‘We are broadcasting this from the year blahblah’ and at that point you know that all is not well and whatever it was that the heroes were trying to do in the movie didn’t work as far as killing the entity.

    Perhaps it was Satan?  It seems like he threw open double doors as he walked out… I know some of you out there know this movie and I feel like a fool for not being able to come up with it…. and it’s making me nuts!Thanks for the help everybody.  I love that this community is out here!

    Sorry we didn’t get to this sooner!

    We are kind of backed up with NAME THAT TRAUMAS/TRAUMAFESSIONS so if we’ve missed anybody out there sorry!

    We’ll get to you soon!

  • 5 rifframoneNo Gravatar // Sep 12, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    No problem- I assumed you were backed up so I was waiting semi-patiently!  Having it solved did make my day though.  Thanks Tim Taylor- and Unkle L!

  • 6 rifframoneNo Gravatar // Sep 12, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    Oops- Tylor!!!!

  • 7 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Sep 13, 2010 at 9:17 am


    It has always irked me that I was unable to identify one of my favorite movies “Prince of Darkness” when it appeared as a “Name That Trauma!” a couple years back. It’s only fitting that I should get not one but two chances to redeem myself and then fail miserably both times!
    Any chance to talk Prince of Darkness is OK with me though. I love that it has effected so many people and don’t think it’s mentioned enough as one of John Carpenter’s great films.
    This movie was a great traumatizer for my younger brother too. I remember him telling me he had nightmares about that final scene. 
    We’ll be doing a full post on Prince of Darkness soon. I can’t resist much longer.

  • 8 rifframoneNo Gravatar // Sep 13, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Unkle L- I’ll be looking forward to that post- and I’ll be renting the dvd ASAP so I can rewatch the film!  That last scene is creepy as heck- can’t wait to see it again.  I bet in a few more years it will turn up as another  ‘Name That Trauma’ and you will have your chance for redemption!  Also, as long as I’m rambling on, it was neat to see the Cyndi Lauper video on here today.  I always liked the Kindertrauma Jukebox posts, and it’s nice to see some music here again.

  • 9 Chuckles72No Gravatar // Sep 14, 2010 at 10:34 am

    Oooooh.  Prince of Darkness.  IMHO one the most under-appreciated horror films.  I really dig the “science” angle on the story, which really turned a lot of folks off for some reason.  Plus, as a grad school veteran, the whole church/satan/investigation enterprise had a surprisingly authentic feel.  What critics complained about as wooden acting I saw as the actual personalities of many grad students I knew!
    I’ve noticed the PoD has a “stealth” horror effect.  I’ve shown it to two friends who proclaimed that it was not scary at all as the credits rolled, but were waking me up in the middle of the night, completely freaked out.  Maybe it was the whole “Brotherhood of Sleep” thing….

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