Long time reader, first time writer. When I was a kid, my friend would have sleepovers and rent horror movies that haunt me to this very day. The one I am seeking today may have been double-billed with BEYOND THE DOOR II, a movie that made me sleep with clenched fists for years afterward – the thought of waking up with a crumbling hand in mine was so terrifying.
The movie I am looking for was watched on video sometime between 1983 and 1989. It featured a man who had obtained an amulet that allowed him to psychically act outside of his body as he slept. I think he received the amulet from a man in prison. I remember two crimes that he committed. He caused a big crate or a piano to fall on someone by snapping the rope it was swinging on. He also scalded a woman in a shower by increasing the water temperature and seizing the glass door closed. She ultimately breaks through the glass door and is covered in cuts – I can’t remember if she lives. In the end, he is captured as he sleeps and incinerated – he wakes up as he burns.
One final question, where the hell were my parents when I needed them?
— Craig’s Friend Meg
UPDATE: NAME THAT TRAUMA SOLVED! Special thanks to readers Leoben & halekotsi for solving it with PSYCHIC KILLER!