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Name That Trauma :: Reader Guy T. on Apparition-Seeing, Abused Boy Hit by an Auto

March 29th, 2009 by aunt john · 5 Comments

Hi I love your site! I have a kindertrauma movie I have been asking about for years, and have begun to suspect vivid dreaming. It was something that played on T.V. probably in mid to late ’70s about a neglected and I think physically abused boy who makes friends with some little girl ghost or something in the woods. Maybe its just a voice he talks to. It ends after the boy runs out of his house after maybe an assault by his father (details shaky) and runs into the street where he is hit by a car. I remember blood coming out his nose while he is hearing the little girl’s voice or seeing faces or something from the place in the woods he was in. Maybe you can help me!

I recently re-watched the movie THE SHUTTERED ROOM which had me pissing the bed for several months as a youngster and I noticed it on your website as well. One other one I actually do remember was watching GIAN CARLO MENOTTI‘s T.V. opera THE MEDIUM in which some woman kills herself by sticking her head in a gas oven. Good stuff for a 6 year old!


UPDATE: NAME THAT TRAUMA SOLVED!
Special thanks to Reader Silvia_CR for identifying it as the 1978 made for T.V. movie DADDY, I DON’T LIKE IT LIKE THIS.

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  • 1 kapustoadNo Gravatar // Mar 31, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    I think that the Menotti opera your’re thinking of is The Consul. The Medium is the one where the drunk woman beats the hell out of and kills the poor mute kid because he can’t answer her questions. Creepy.

  • 2 rene ponacNo Gravatar // Apr 3, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    Thanks! Now I remember. That was back in the day, when live from Lincoln Center was on public tv all the time.

  • 3 Silvia_CRNo Gravatar // May 4, 2009 at 1:51 am

    I’d been looking for the name of that same movie for years, and finally found it today.  It’s called: “Daddy, I Don’t Like It Like This” Starring Doug McKeon, Burt Young, and Talia Shire.  Year: 1978. Review Summary
    “Famed for their supporting performances in Sylvester Stallone‘s Rocky, Burt Young and Talia Shire struck while the iron was hot to star in the made-for-TV Daddy, I Don’t Like It Like This. Young also wrote the screenplay for this middling domestic drama. He and Shire play an endlessly bickering middle-class couple; the husband, an ex-boxer, is frustrated by his inability to fulfill his dreams, while the wife is hampered by emotional and intellectual immaturity. Both Young and Shire take out their hostilities on their son (Doug McKeon), who reacts to the ongoing strife by retreating into his own imagination. Daddy, I Don’t Like It Like This was the first directorial assignment for Adell Aldrich, daughter of “cult” director Robert Aldrich. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide”

  • 4 rene ponacNo Gravatar // May 4, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    WoW! Thank you for this. I have looked a bit online and even people who were in this movie are looking for copies. I’ll keep trying and keep you posted!

  • 5 Silvia_CRNo Gravatar // May 5, 2009 at 3:16 am

    The first thing I did when I found the title was posting it on forums where other people were also trying to find out about it.  I’d been looking for it on the internet for years!

    I watched it when I was around 8 and it got stuck in my mind ever since.  It is very sad.  Please let me know if you are able find a copy.  I’d like to see it again.

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