Traumafessions :: Filmmaker Chris Moore On Suspiria

SUSPIRIA came to me a little later in life, around 9 or 10 years old, but it left me with the same lingering fear that (my previous traumafession) did. I discovered it in an issue of ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY‘s 50 (or was it 100?) scariest movies of all time. It sounded interesting and had a black & white picture of STEFANIE CASINI tangled in barbed wire, which, at the time, I thought was simply a woman hiding in some very tall grass.

I rented the VHS from my local video store after school on Friday and popped it in. After the first 15 minutes, I had to turn it off. I was scared out of my mind. It was just so brutal…and yet beautiful and surreal…and confusing. It felt like every nightmare I had ever had. At that point, I became a DARIO ARGENTO fan for life. For the first time, I had seen an expression of my nightmares on film. It was phenomenal and truly scary.

As a kid, I had many nightmares similar to SUSPIRIA. I know many people say we dream in black & white, but I don’t believe that at all…not after seeing SUSPIRIA. My dreams consisted of similar color schemes, velvet curtains, long corridors, evil witches, strange music, people acting odd, things not making sense…everything SUSPIRIA had to offer. Actually, I even remember having a dream that looked and felt almost exactly like the ARGENTO produced, DEMONS! It took place in an old theatre and everything, but I was only 3 or 4 years old when I had this dream. Spooky, eh?

It’s probably one of the main reasons why I wanted to become a filmmaker. If audiences have embraced DARIO ARGENTO‘s nightmares, maybe they’ll embrace mine!

UNK SEZ: Thanks CHRIS! I could not agree with you more about the power of SUSPIRIA! Folks, CHRIS‘ movie PERVERSION is now available to watch anytime you like on Amazon Instant Video HERE! Check it out!

Name That Trauma :: Reader Chas on a Body Burned as Guy Fawkes

I’m trying to track down the title of an old black & white suspense/thriller movie set in England in the 1940s or ’50s I saw on T.V. that included a killer who disposes of a (woman’s?) body by disguising it as a Guy Fawkes effigy and then putting it on one of the public bonfires on Guy Fawkes night.

It kind of had the air of some of the ALFRED HITCHCOCK shows, but I couldn’t find it in a list of his T.V. episodes?

Any thoughts?


Name That Trauma :: Reader OnlyChild1213 on Creepy Commercials

Hi Guys. It’s been too long. Had to drop by after spending my morning chasing down old anti-drug PSAs. I was disappointed with DARREN ARONOFSKY‘s new ones for the Meth Project – too sleek for my taste, perhaps – which made me nostalgic for some of the ads from my past that *really* traumatized me.

There’s one I can’t seem to find, probably from the late ’90s or early 2000s, that I could never sit through after the first time (which unfortunately was late at night, wrapped in a blanket on the sofa in the dark). I always assumed it was made by Partnership for a Drug-Free America, but after researching their ad history, I’m beginning to doubt it.

In the ad, a glamorous woman, heavily made up and possibly in a long evening gown, seats herself before a lighted vanity mirror. She starts taking off normal things, like her makeup, maybe some fake eyelashes… though even that is very striking in the unflattering light. You begin to dread what is coming next, and then, affirming your worst fears, she removes her wig, revealing no or very thin hair, and finally, yes, false teeth. I’m assuming these were the effects of meth, but I’m not certain. I have no recollection of what the ad sounded like, in terms of music, effects, or voiceover.

And while I’m at it, I’ll mention another commercial – this one not drug-related, but obviously still employing a scare tactic – that I’ve also been unable to find. Up until recently I was positive it was for Liberty Mutual Life Insurance, but now I’m doubting my memory. A teddy bear is falling from the top of a tall building in slow motion, while a child’s voice sings some type of chant or nursery rhyme. The camera is looking up from directly underneath. The teddy bear gets closer and closer to the lens as it falls, and finally there is an impact that seems to crack the camera lens. The suggestion is clearly of a child’s death.

Man, that was a depressing contribution. Sorry! Advertising execs are sick! If you guys can assist with either or both of those, I’d be obliged.

Much Love,


Name That Trauma :: Reader TonyB on a Crazy-Making Comet

Great site! Found it while looking for info on a movie that scared the crap out of me when I was a kid. (Just finished watching DARK NIGHT OF THE SCARECROW for the first time in 30 years and now want to watch this other one if I can find it.)

I saw it on television — can’t remember if broadcast or cable — between 1977 and the summer of 1983. The basic premise is that some object is passing close to the Earth and is making people do crazy things. There was a scene in which people go crazy and attack each other in a grocery store, and another in which a guy puts a shotgun in his mouth and pulls the trigger for no reason.

I’m positive it isn’t NIGHT OF THE COMET, but I just can’t remember what the hell it is called. Hoping somebody remembers this old one.



UPDATE: NAME THAT TRAUMA SOLVED! Special thanks to kinderpal David Fullam for naming it with STARSHIP INVASIONS.