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Traumafessions :: Reader Freddie on the Spotmaker

April 13th, 2008 by aunt john · 1 Comment

During the mid-to-late 1970s, CALGONITE brand dishwasher detergent ran a series of TV ads featuring a creature known as THE SPOTMAKER. He was a spotted green man with an eerie echo-chamber voice that lived inside of dishwashers, putting spots on all fine dishware. His only nemesis was said dish-soap. He freaked me out so badly that I had to leave the room when he came on the TV.

Note to Freddie: It would appear that starring in CALGONITE brand dishwasher detergent commercials is not the dead-end gig one would assume it to be. Rather than retire, THE SPOTMAKER used his newfound notoriety as a springboard for a career rich in subliminal cameo appearances. A quick search of IMDB reveals the ubiquitous Riddler-like entity has appeared in over two hundred motion pictures, many of which are Kindertrauma favorites…

THE THING (1982)
THE SHINING (1980)
THE BLOB (1988)
FIRESTARTER (1984)
THE HUNGER (1983)
THE PIT (1981)
AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (1981)
TROLL 2 (1990)
HELLRAISER (1987)
THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE(1974)

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  • 1 ms scrappyNo Gravatar // Apr 13, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    I look at your site every day and I always have a brain cell brought back from the dead. Thank you. Thus, you brought back my memory of The Spotmaker. I remember feeling really sorry for him when he vanished but still wished my mom would buy some Calgonite, even though we had no dishwasher.

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