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Traumafessions :: Reader Cheryl on The Haunting of Julia (Full Circle)

August 4th, 2011 by aunt john · 12 Comments

I’m surprised I couldn’t find THE HAUNTING OF JULIA (FULL CIRCLE) on your site.

That movie definitely traumatized me as a kid, especially the (SPOILER!) ending where creepy evil ghost girls kills MIA FARROW. I’d actually volunteer to write an article for Kindertrauma on it. Have a lot of things to say, just watched it as an adult last night and couldn’t sleep! Still chilling.

Anyways, here’s the ending of the movie:



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12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 HorrormomNo Gravatar // Aug 4, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Thanks SO much Cheryl for mentioning this film! I first watched this at age 12 with my mom (who was a horror/thriller fan), on CityTV late movies. The film itself was spectacularly creepy, the kind that sneaks up on you. I have been looking for a copy of this film for years, and sadly no luck so far.
    One of the BEST endings in a film, and a fantastic example of the atmospheric “creep” that permeates films of the early 70’s.

  • 2 John LarsenNo Gravatar // Aug 4, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Creepy movie with a fantastic ending. I saw it as a kid and it has stuck with me ever since. I love the music also. The book is definitely worth a read if you enjoyed the movie.

  • 3 PinchyNo Gravatar // Aug 4, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    I remember reading Peter Straub’s excellent novel as a kid, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen the movie. It looks awesome.

  • 4 RATSAWGODNo Gravatar // Aug 4, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    Another spoiler- Julia’s little girl dies in the beginning of the movie when she chokes on food, and Julia, in a panic, attempts to perform an emergency tracheotomy with a knife. That fucked my shit up as a little kid.

  • 5 tehdarwinatorNo Gravatar // Aug 4, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    This is definitely a favorite of mine; a truly scary ghost story. OR is it really about a woman who slowly slips into a suicidal psychosis due to the guilt of “killing” her daughter in a desperate attempt to save her. This always reminded me a bit of “The Haunting” in that it has that little edge of ambiguity as to whether the supernatural is really involved. In this one, though, it’s almost more disturbing to look at as a study of mental illness (notice that at the end, Julia still has the sharp toy in her own hand). Also, another strike against nasty clowns! The music is amazing; I will never forget that little melody you can hear in the clip. I would LOVE to find this on DVD but it doesn’t seem to be available. Anyone know how I can replace my thirty year old, recorded-from-TV VCR copy?

  • 6 FatherOfTearsNo Gravatar // Aug 4, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    {Shudders} I remember that choking scene. I think after seeing that on TV I changed the channel.

  • 7 cmcmcmcmNo Gravatar // Aug 5, 2011 at 12:39 am

    wow – i just watched this and it was really good! thanks so much for posting about it! i love finding creepy movies i haven’t seen before – or even heard of!

  • 8 Jami JoAnne RussellNo Gravatar // Aug 6, 2011 at 9:42 am

    @tehdarwinator – I didn’t find a DVD but there’s a few VHSes on Amazon.


  • 9 aunt johnNo Gravatar // Aug 6, 2011 at 10:58 am

    I actually caught it last night playing on FEARnet, so I reckon it might also be available on demand (provided you a) have cable & b) get FEARnet.)

  • 10 visitedbyvoicesNo Gravatar // Aug 6, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Haunting of Julia (aka Full Circle) gets my vote for scariest film ever. Some find it slow. I love its steadily building dread. You can find a great widescreen DVD here: http://www.ioffer.com/i/full-circle-aka-the-haunting-of-julia-widescreen-dvd-474647374?source=eisi

  • 11 megatone230No Gravatar // Aug 8, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    I recently watched this after seeing part of it as a child and having it ‘haunt’ me into my adult years.
    I absolutely loved the ending. and the musical soundtrack is one of my favorite Horror scores of all time…. An obscure sleeper that is for sure worth hunting down.

  • 12 CherylNo Gravatar // Aug 15, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Hey, I usually don’t email blogs but I had felt this one needed to be mentioned.

    Glad I wasn’t the only one who was freaked out by this little gem. I watched it again recently and couldn’t sleep. (And of course, we had a thunderstorm that night.)


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