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Name That Trauma :: Reader Kerstin on Rock-A-Bye Dead Baby

October 10th, 2009 by aunt john · 4 Comments

Hi!

That’s a really cool site you have, brings back memories!

I almost gave up on identifying this one, but maybe you can name that trauma:

I’m looking for a movie I saw about 13 years ago, when I spent a lot of time watching horror films in a friend’s basement.

It’s probably pretty old. I’m quite sure that it was black and white, but maybe it’s just very dark.

The story takes place in a house in a forest (or by a forest). I have a blurry memory of a man arriving at the house and being welcomed by a family, but maybe I’m mixing things up here with another movie.

There was a grown up daughter who was treated like a little girl and I think they had at least two children.

In the end the girl is holding her dead baby in a rocking chair (or a cradle?). I’m not even sure there was a real baby. It might be that she just believed she had a baby and that she was swinging something else.

I know that’s not much to go with, but that last scene was really memorable, so maybe someone can recall the name?

Thanks,

Kerstin


UPDATE: NAME THAT TRAUMA SOLVED!
Special thanks to SlasherChick for answering it with AMERICAN GOTHIC.

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 SlasherChickNo Gravatar // Oct 10, 2009 at 10:31 am

    I think I know which movie you’re talking about. It was a mid-late 80’s film that featured Yvonne DeCarlo and was entitled ‘American Gothic‘ (aka ‘Hide & Shriek’).
    Trailer (via YouTube)
    It’s been a looooooooong time since I last saw it but it’s hard to forget that little mummified baby. Turns out it belonged to a very childlike woman that lived in an old house with her parents and two brothers (one of whom fathered the baby).

  • 2 megatone230No Gravatar // Oct 11, 2009 at 4:01 am

    I was going to say ‘American Gothic’ too… I LOVE this movie! One of the best horror movies of the 80’s that you’ve never heard of.

  • 3 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Oct 11, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    American Gothic! Why didn’t I think of that! I love that movie! Such a great cast!

  • 4 kerstinNo Gravatar // Oct 26, 2009 at 11:49 am

    Yep, you’re right!. Thank you so much guys. This movie really haunted me for years. And it’s good one too.

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