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Name That Trauma :: Reader Ploppa Smerph on a Follically-Challenged Fotomat Freak & a Four-Poster Fall

August 2nd, 2011 by aunt john · 4 Comments

I have been plucking interesting ideas for film nights from this sight for a while now, and I am pleased and frustrated to now seek its help. I’m dredging my memory to pluck more details about a movie from (I think) the ’90s of which I only caught the beginning. In it, a man who looked slightly “off” goes to work in something like an old Fotomat kiosk in a parking lot. Later he comes home and takes off his hair (which had been a wig) to reveal that he is bald.

The only other thing I remember is he and a woman falling gleefully through a canopy over a four-poster bed. This opening hit me in a weird place years ago, and I was pulled away before I could find out any more about it, or see more of it. I’ve tried search engines and video sites, using every applicable keyword I can conjure, and have had no success in harvesting something that would put my mind at rest.

The memory is incredibly vivid, but I don’t have enough of it to place it. Can you help?!

Ploppa Smerph

UPDATE: NAME THAT TRAUMA SOLVED! Special thanks to Rockwater for naming it with WILDER NAPALM (1993).

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 RockwaterNo Gravatar // Aug 2, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    I’m pretty sure you’re thinking of a movie called Wilder Napalm with Arliss Howard and Dennis Quaid as brothers with firestarter ability fighting over the affections of one Debra Winger

  • 2 dasklyterNo Gravatar // Aug 2, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    That’s definitely Wilder Napalm. It is one of my favorite movies of all time. The pyro battles between the two brothers are fun but the names they call each other are quotably hilarious! I show this movie to people all the time and they are blown away by its weirdness. Everybody loves the singing firemen too…

    P.S. Too bad this was considered too strange for the mainstream. It was buried when it came out, a shame considering all the actors in it are at the top of their comedic game.

  • 3 dasklyterNo Gravatar // Aug 2, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    I want to also mention I LOVED Dennis Quaid in this movie. He seemed to be having a ball with his character Wallace. A washed up, sarcastic circus clown with a dangerous ability.

  • 4 Ploppa SmerphNo Gravatar // Aug 3, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Aaaaand THIS is why this site is awesome. I tracked down a trailer of Wilder Napalm and this is definitely what I remembered. Thank you…like, a bunch.

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