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Name That Trauma:: Chris B. on a Blood Dripping Pipe Slasher Death

December 3rd, 2014 by unkle lancifer · 4 Comments

Hey Kindertrauma!

I need some help finding a crummy slasher movie.

I saw it on TV in the late ’80s or early ’90s, probably on USA Saturday Nightmares or Commander USA’s Groovy Movies.

The only bit that really stuck with me was a stalking chase sequence along a row of bushes or hedges. I think the victim (not sure if it’s a boy or a girl) was hiding up against the bush when the killer stabs them with a long pole all the way through both the bush and the victim’s body. Then there’s a nice closeup of blood dripping out of the pipe – that’s the part I REALLY remember.

Sorry I don’t have any more to work with. And Thanks!

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Name That Trauma:: Kristine B. on Cannibalistic French Delicacies

December 2nd, 2014 by unkle lancifer · 1 Comment

Hello, once again I have a puzzle for you. My sister is trying to remember a possible French film about a post war world where people are sold in butcher shops. She thinks it may have been a French one and it had subtitles as well. She thinks it may have been called “Delicacies” or possibly something of the sort. Any help would be great thank you.

UNK SEZ: I’ll bet the farm that’s 1991’s DELICATESSEN! I guess it didn’t hurt that your sister provided half of the title! Oh well, we now have the perfect excuse to watch the trailer! Thanks, Kristine!

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Name That Trauma:: Marcie G. on a Book Her Older Sister Owned

December 1st, 2014 by unkle lancifer · 4 Comments

Hello kindertrauma,

I was wondering if I could get some help finding a the title of a book my older sister owned.

She had this big collection of horror/ mystery/ slasher books mostly by Stephen King in her room and when I was a kid I would sneak into her room and skim them. This book wasn’t written by Stephen King though. It was entirely different and it kinda freaked me out.

The book itself was about two kids. A boy and a girl I believe. They were living with their grandmother in what I think was a village in Eastern Europe.

I say that only because the grandmother is described as kind of a babushka lady. I’m not exactly sure when it took place but by the description of the grandmother maybe early 20th century because the children remark that she still dressed in old fashioned long skirts. The grandmother is described as disgusting by the boy because she goes to the restroom wherever she stands, but thinks it’s okay because she’s wearing the long dress.

The other character I remember is called the hair lip girl. She’s really mean to the kids but also is really their only friend in the village. She feels that she’ll never find love because of the way she looks and has sex with all the boys in the village to fulfill her desire for love and acceptance. I think I remember her admitting this to the kids when they stumble upon her and a village boy going at it behind some bushes.

At this point I skipped to the end because I was really confused about what I was reading.

At the end of the book, soldiers invade their village. The children’s grandmother is killed and they go in search of shelter or survivors. When they search for the hairlip girl they find her dead on her bed with a morbid smile on her deformed face. I think the kids gather that she was raped to death by the soldiers.

After that I couldn’t read anymore and I high-tailed it out of there! I was probably about 11 or 12 at the time and I’m kind of ashamed to ask my sister what the name of the book was, so I was wondering if anyone out here could give me a hand.

Thanks!

Marcie G.

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Traumafessions :: Reader Kelley J. on The Dark Secret of Harvest Home (1978)

November 24th, 2014 by unkle lancifer · 4 Comments

First of all, I love your website. It’s a walk down a dysfunctional, horror-infused memory lane. I was surprised to see that you haven’t reviewed the late 1970s made-for-TV adaptation of Thomas Tryon’s Harvest Home. It was called “The Dark Secret of Harvest Home” when it aired on the small screen. Bette Davis scared the living hell out of me as the Widow, back in the day. This flick had it all, a secret society, bizarre fertility rituals, an unusual way to guarantee that next year’s corn crop will be a success, murder, suicide and a kind of Stepford Wives mentality among the women of this deceptively peaceful village.

Kelley J.

UNK SEZ: Thanks Kelley! I agree with you, there’s not enough HARVEST HOME around these parts and I too am surprised that we have not covered it more extensively on these pages. I’m just going to place the blame on dopey UNIVERSAL for never properly putting TDSOHH on DVD and for releasing it on VHS only in a highly edited form. Luckily I found the entire miniseries on YouTube. The picture quality is for the birds but it’ll just have to do for now!

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Sunday Viewing:: Ghost Story’s House of Evil and Doorway to Death

November 23rd, 2014 by unkle lancifer · 4 Comments

Ever since our pal Crabbymoon identified a recent NTT as an episode of GHOST STORY aka CIRCLE OF FEAR, I’ve been on a binge-mission. I had started the series on YouTube years ago but it disappeared as soon as the universe discovered I was enjoying it. Thank Goodness Crabbymoon rekindled my interest because a recent Google dig unearthed the series in its entirety, looking far sharper than it had before. (You can view the entire series HERE and I’d suggest doing it pronto because something tells me this ship is sailing soon.) Not every episode is a goldmine but there are more than a few standouts and even the lesser offerings are laced with super potent LSD (Lurid Seventies Décor). I haven’t watched them all yet but allow me to spotlight two segments, both directed by DARYL DUKE (THE SILENT PARTNER).

HOUSE OF EVIL is a must see. Written by ROBERT BLOCK, it stars a young JODIE FOSTER as Judy, a deaf-mute girl who discovers she can communicate telepathically with her grandfather who happens to be played by MELVYN DOUGLAS. It’s a sweet set up until you learn that grandpa dabbles in black magic and his inheritance is hate. DOUGLAS and FOSTER are not surprisingly both phenomenal. There’s a scene involving grudge-gramp instructing unsuspecting Judy on how to make voodoo dolls out of raisin cookies, tooth-picks and swatches of stolen clothing and there’s something truly mesmerizing about its patience and the weaving of Douglas’ voiceover with dreamily random piano cords. It doesn’t hurt that this supernatural tale takes place in a slightly remodeled version of the BEWITCHED house.

DOORWAY TO DEATH is a later episode written by HAMMER regular JIMMY SANGSTER during the shows retitled CIRCLE OF FEAR second season. This is the first episode I ever saw and it remains hard to beat in my book. SUSAN DEY, LEIF GARRETT and DAWN LYN (Dodie!) are siblings who have just moved into an apartment building in San Francisco. This is a rather unusual ghost story as the younger kids explore the third floor they encounter a room that leads to another dimension where a seemingly nice man spends an inordinate amount of time chopping wood in the snow. It turns out his axe has chopped more than just logs and the silent apparition has his eye on DEY as a replacement for the wife he killed. As with HOUSE OF EVIL, director Duke brings a lyrical dreamy quality to the story while never letting up on the suspense. So far these two kindertraumatic episodes are my favorites but I’m keeping my mind open as other installments include the likes of JANET LEIGH, KIM DARBY and PATTY DUKE. Back to YouTube for me.

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Traumafession:: Casper on Mercedes McCambridge in Two for the Money (1972)

November 22nd, 2014 by unkle lancifer · 4 Comments

Dear Kindertrauma,

I am writing this trauma on behalf of my father who shared with me a piece from one of his haunting childhood memories. He could not remember the film’s title rather only the singsongy words spoken by the film’s antagonist. With some tireless Googling of what little information he could provide, we finally identified a scene from the 1972 TV movie “Two for The Money” which featured Mercedes McCambridge as a psychotic knife-wielding killer. She shrills out the memorable line “WITH A HEY NONY, NONY, NONY, MEN WERE DECEIVERS EVER, WITH A HEY NONY, NONY”. This stuck with him over the years and still makes the hair stand straight up on his arms.

After identifying the movie and skipping forward to the nightmarish scene which occurs at the end of the film (available on YouTube HERE @ 1:01:00) we searched through McCambridge’s career only to find out she voiced the Demon in “The Exorcist”. What a creepy old bat!

Anyway, I hope that some of you will remember this one and enjoy it just as we have.

HEY NONY, NONY, NONY!

Love,

Casper

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Music Video Funhouse

November 21st, 2014 by unkle lancifer · 13 Comments

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Sunday Viewing:: The Perfume of the Lady in Black (1974)

November 16th, 2014 by unkle lancifer · No Comments

Not watching THE PERFUME OF THE LADY IN BLACK is basically like telling your eyeballs you hate them. Why would you do that? Read my full gush HERE and pleasure your poor peepers below.

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TV Guide Funhouse

November 14th, 2014 by unkle lancifer · 8 Comments

Big Thanks to MADE FOR TV MAYHEM for providing these images! Folks, make sure you “like” the MFTM Facebook page HERE for more cool stuff!

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Name That Trauma:: Reader X on a Dead Soldier’s Kept Promise

November 11th, 2014 by unkle lancifer · 4 Comments

You were recommended to me by Sound on Sight.

First, there’s no kids in this movie I’m looking for.

I believe it was the movie of the week on ABC during the mid-70s.

It’s about this woman who’s about to be remarried. Her first husband died in Vietnam. She starts getting phone calls apparently from her first husband. All he says is, “Remember the promise.” She thinks it’s the promise she made to always be faithful to him. There are a couple attempts on her life. A buddy of the dead husband has been around during this time. And the climax is at a lake and the buddy is trying to kill her. Somehow he gets in the water. When he tries to climb out, something grabs his leg. Michael? I believe that was the dead husband’s name. The buddy gets dragged back into the water and drowned. After it’s over, there’s a flashback where the first husband is reminding the woman that he’ll always protect her.

For some reason I thought the name of the movie was, “When Michael Calls.” But, my research has shown that is another movie.

Any help would greatly be appreciated.

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