First off, your site is so completely awesome and words can’t express the amount of pleasure I’ve had over the years scanning through all of your articles saying, “Oh wow… I remember that!” For this… I thank you.
For my first trauma confession ever, I present to you an episode of the late ’80s show FREDDY’S NIGHTMARES. This was an anthology show where Freddy Krueger introduced horror tales of the terrible things that happened in the cursed town of Springwood. Sometimes, he even appeared in the tales.
I was very young (maybe 8 or 9 I think), and was over my Grandparent’s house in their basement at the time. My Grandfather was flipping through the channels, when all of a sudden, he stops on this one particular program that looks like a game show. The host keeps looking at this timer and telling this totally frightened woman that she doesn’t have much time left on the clock. She is being asked questions, and the camera switches to her husband who is tied up with a blade above him that keeps swinging closer and closer to him. The host (with an unsettlingly happy grin) keeps asking her questions. The woman then says out loud to herself something like, “If I win, HE DIES!” or maybe it’s the other way around (I’m at work as I type this and can’t check on YouTube unfortunately).
Anywho, the blade finally starts piercing his flesh and you see some blood. The gagged man starts to scream. My grandmother happens to come into the room and she says “Lee, turn that off!”. My grandfather just sits there laughing. “Lee, turn that off now!” she says again. My grandfather finally turns the channel.
Of course by then, the damage had already been done.
My poor little brain was now trying to erase those images for the rest of that trip I’m sure. Later on in life, I became an absolute horror fanatic and received a bootleg set of the entire series of FREDDY’S NIGHTMARES in great quality. Imagine my surprise when I watched the episode “Judy Miller, Come On Down”. It was the infamous scarring episode!!! It had, through the hands of fate arrived back to me after years of searching for it, wondering if it was but a dream! Not only that, but I could now see all of the “wonderful” ways Judy was tormented on that sick gameshow including her relatives being covered in man-eating ants!
It’s up on YouTube now I believe, so you fellow kindertraumers can go see it in all of its sick glory. ’80s nighttime T.V. was never so good! Hehe.