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Name That Trauma :: Reader Carolyn on a Heavy Metal Poster

December 18th, 2010 by aunt john · 9 Comments

Dear Kindertrauma,

When I was a kid, back in the early to mid-80s, my father used to take me into the record store in our local mall (specifically, the Listening Booth in the Palmer Park Mall in Easton, PA) on occasion. While he was digging through the LPs, I was staring at the images in the heavy-metal posters that loomed at adult head-height over the shelves.

I was particularly terrified of one large poster that depicted a sort of Frankenstein-esque monster holding up by its hair the head of a freshly decapitated witch. The witch’s body lay on the ground at the monster’s feet, and a number of red and blue veins were dangling from the head and extending to the neck. (That’s the part that is seared indelibly on my brain.)

Much later, I grew up to be the sort of adult who loves horror movies. I’d love to look at this image again to see if it really is as horrific as I remember.

What I can’t remember is what musician or band this poster was advertising! My Google-fu is usually pretty good, but I can’t come up with anything for this image. Unfortunately, the record store went out of business years ago, so I can’t ask them. I know it’s not the sort of thing that Kindertrauma generally handles, but maybe it will ring a bell for you?

Even if it doesn’t, I adore your blog! Thanks for any leads you might have.


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9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Professor Von WhiskersenNo Gravatar // Dec 18, 2010 at 9:37 am

    The album cover for Iron Maiden’s “Number of the Beast” single is the first thing that popped into my head. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Number_of_the_Beast_(song)

  • 2 aunt johnNo Gravatar // Dec 18, 2010 at 10:36 am

    I don’t know the answer to this, but I do know that I sure miss those mall record stores from the ’80s: Listening Booth, Wall-to-Wall Sound & Video, Sam Goody (“Goody Got IT!”) and, last but not least, Wee Three Records (who has a Facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=38411139305 )

  • 3 boliverNo Gravatar // Dec 18, 2010 at 11:02 am

    There was an Ozzy Osbourne t-shirt from 1982. A hooded executioner was holding up Ozzy’s severed head… :shudder!:


    No headless body though. 🙁 Perhaps there was a poster with the full artwork?

    Hope you solve this. It sounds really cool!

  • 4 lottie_of_millhavenNo Gravatar // Dec 18, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    I don’t know the answer to this, but if nobody else got it right, you could try looking into some of the early death metal bands, who were just starting out in the mid 80’s.

    Most of their artwork was (and still is) really gruesome!

  • 5 VicarOfVHSNo Gravatar // Dec 20, 2010 at 9:03 am

    Going a little more obscure, could it have been Maiden’s MAIDEN JAPAN?

  • 6 CarolynNo Gravatar // Dec 20, 2010 at 9:05 am

    Man, the Iron Maiden covers are sooo close, except without the body and the veins! Maybe this *was* a Maiden poster. (That was the first thing my spouse thought, too.) I’ll keep digging…

  • 7 bjkatcherNo Gravatar // Dec 22, 2010 at 12:22 am

    I’d like to know who the flaming woman is.

  • 8 aunt johnNo Gravatar // Dec 22, 2010 at 7:07 am

    @bjkatcher: That’s talk show hostess and star of THE NANNY FRAN DRESCHER in the opening sequence from SANTA’ SLAY.

  • 9 Bill PetreeNo Gravatar // Dec 23, 2010 at 3:29 am

    As per Santa’s Slay…it’s only appropriate that the murderous Santa is Jewish. A good Jewish Boy from Tulsa (my home town)-Bill Goldberg. It’s amazing that a director who’s been in the company of the most powerful Hollywood has to offer found the most onerous type of film to be his stepping stone. Meaning a holiday film, of course.

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