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Name That Trauma :: Reader Dan P. on Falling Females & Bad Birthdays

May 9th, 2009 by aunt john · 5 Comments

I have two, actually. Not sure if they’re from the same movie or not. The first one involves a woman standing on a ladder which is in the hallway on the second floor, by the balcony. Someone (perhaps a child) pushes her off the ladder and she goes flying over the railing and hits the ground and dies. I thought that perhaps it was the scene in THE OMEN but it isn’t. This is from a different movie.

The second trauma I have involves a birthday cake. I don’t remember if it was a woman or a child, but just before or right after they blow the candles out, some sort of creature pops up from the cake and lets out some sort of ghastly scream. For a long time I was leery of birthday cakes because of this scene. Hope you can help!

UPDATE: The “Bad Birthday” trauma stems from the 1983 PETER WELLER classic OF UNKNOWN ORIGIN. Special thanks to reader jaakko, and check the comments for a clip.

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 AndyboyNo Gravatar // May 9, 2009 at 11:40 am

    It’s a longshot on the second one, but there was a scene like that in “Young Doctors in Love”.

  • 2 Amanda By NightNo Gravatar // May 9, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    I haven’t seen the whole movie, but might it be Cathy’s Curse?

    It’s a total guess….

  • 3 jaakkoNo Gravatar // May 11, 2009 at 11:45 am

    I think the second trauma might be from the 1983 film Of Unknown Origin. The movie is about a big rat harassing Peter Weller, and in one dream sequence the rat bursts out of his kid’s birthday cake.

  • 4 aunt johnNo Gravatar // May 13, 2009 at 9:28 am

    Reader Dan P. confirms jaakko‘s guess:

    YES, it is OF UNKNOWN ORIGIN for sure!!! I found a review on Youtube. Go to the link I posted and go to 2:03. That’s the scene!! OMG I’m scared of cake again! NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

  • 5 jellokattNo Gravatar // Jul 29, 2009 at 8:40 am

    did the movie with the woman falling off a ladder involve an iguana as well?  i vaguely remember a movie about an iguana killing people.

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