Traumafession:: Spartan24 on Charlotte Rae, X-Rays, Friday Night Frights & Phineas Gage

I love your site! Brings back a lot of pleasant and, well, a few not so pleasant memories of things buried in my memory. Glad to know I am not totally neurotic or nuts! I wasn’t scared of too many things on T.V. as a young child since my parents monitored my viewing rather judiciously. The few horrors were, for the most part, educational other than a Charlotte Rae commercial for an oven cleaner that terrified me and sent me from the room in screams.

My mother was a nurse and often watched medical shows and one gave me nightmares for weeks. It showed a young boy about my age having open heart surgery — his beating heart exposed. It was horrific to a child who was about the same age as the youngster having surgery. The same show also featured — don’t ask me how — x-ray videos of bursting blood vessels accompanied by creepy music.

My dad was a horror aficionado and I was watching “Friday Nite Frights” by the time I was 11. I am also a Stephen King fan although my viewing habits run to true crime type shows rather than horror. When I was 16 I saw one show about a gentleman in the 1800’s named Phineas Gage who was unfortunate enough to have a large metal rod blasted through his head and survive. His howls of pain as the wound was cleaned were grotesque to my teenage ears and his personality change was something out of Frankenstein although this was a true story. I was so terrified that I spent the night in the tv room adjacent to my parents’ bedroom with all lights on and listening to the radio with a headset. My parents weren’t too happy about this and even after my attempt to stay up all night failed at 5am my mother sent me to school. I slept with the lights on in my room until I went away to college.


Traumafession :: Reader Riccardo on The Bear’s Strange Dream

Hi! I’m Riccardo

I come back to talk about another movie that shook my childhood, of a sequence to be more precise, I am referring to the famous dream sequence in the film THE BEAR by Annaud. This scene upset me because it came quite suddenly in the film and, having no importance in the development of the plot (as was the case in the “American Werewolf in London” movie), only served to scare the unsuspecting child watching it. All this makes it worthy of being a genuine kindertrauma.


UNK SEZ: Thanks Riccardo! That bear needs to stop eating those crazy mushrooms! Soon he’ll be seeing pink elephants!

Traumafession:: ThunderKnight on Inside Out’s Whirligig Episode

I have one for you… PBS had a show in the 70’s called Inside Out and I distinctly remember one episode called “Buy and Buy” which featured a whirligig… Kinda creepy for the fact it had a decapitated Barbie and a male doll head just slowly spinning around and Christmas lights and junky radio parts! One kid is creepy in just the way he talks and tries to manipulate his younger brother! Definitely Kindertrauma material!

Sunday Streaming:: Kinder-Oscar Spectacular!

UNK SEZ: Every winner is currently available on Netflix Streaming!

Actress In A Supporting Role: AUDRA LINDLEY, SPELLBINDER (1988)

Actor In A Supporting Role: JEFFREY COMBS, DARK HOUSE (2009)

Music (Original Score): STELVIO CIPRIANI, TENTACLES (1977)

Music (Original Song): ALICE COOPER “Identity Crisis” MONSTER DOG (1984)

Production Design: DOLLS (1987)

Visual Effects: POLTERGEIST III (1988)

Makeup: THE BEAST WITHIN (1982)


Hair Styling: THE BABY (1973)

Achievement In Dentistry: LEVIATHAN (1989)

Writing (Adapted Screenplay): THE SENTINEL (1977)

Writing (Original Screenplay): KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE (1988)

Cinematography: EATEN ALIVE (1977)

Foreign Language Film: TROLL HUNTER(2010)

Documentary: HER MASTER’S VOICE (2012)

Actress In A Leading Role: GLORIA GRAHAME, BLOOD AND LACE (1971)

Actor In A Leading Role: STEVE RAILSBACK, SCISSORS (1991)

Actress In A Chearleading Role: KELLI MARONEY, NIGHT OF THE COMET (1984)

Actor In A People Eating Role: JEREMY RENNER: DAHMER (2002)

Prom King And Queen: TOM SIZEMORE & LINDA HUNT, THE RELIC (1997)

Most Romantic Monkey: “Ella” aka BOO, MONKEY SHINES (1988)


Directing: JEFF LIEBERMAN, SQUIRM (1976)

Best Picture: HUMANOIDS FROM THE DEEP (1980)

Traumafession:: Reader Lu R. on I Come In Peace


Your site encouraged me to search again for a film that I saw in the 90s on TV, when I was 5. I woke up in the late evening, so I went for my dad to read me another bed time story and maybe to get a cookie. He watched a film on TV and I got a glimpse of it while I walked up to him. This one scene stuck in my memory. There was some weird bad robot with white hair and a good robot with black hair and – for whatever reason – I thought the bad one was collecting breast milk.

So, today I searched differently and went through every horror film made in the late 80s and early 90s. It turned out that I saw “I Come In Peace“. In the particular scene that I saw, the bad not-robot-but-alien had a female victim. I guess since the bad alien ripped open the shirts of its victims and pumped white liquid into and out of their bodies, I thought it had to be breast milk. Now that I know that the liquid is supposed to be heroin and endorphins, the film seems to be less fucked up than I thought it was. The trailer also seems to be more trashy than horrifying, but for a kid it was really scary. Maybe someone else suffers some Kindertrauma from that one.

Traumafession:: Uncle TNUC on Missing Link

I can barely type words on a laptop right now because of the brain explosion I just experienced by finding Kindertrauma. Seriously, what a great site! Anything and everything to do with obscure childhood memories is what TNUC is all about. Yes, TNUC (pronounced “tee-nuk”) is the site that i’ve been running for the past few years. I’ve turned things I obsessed with in my childhood (or feared) into basically, attempted works of art. That includes music video edits, mixtapes and more. If i’m making no sense so far, please go take a look at the site. By the looks of things around the Kindertrauma camp, i’m sure you’ll enjoy the product!

My latest childhood nightmare comes from a little Cro-magnon direct-to-vhs wonder called MISSING LINK (1988). I remember catching this movie late one night on HBO when I was around 10 and it both facinated AND sent shivers down my overalls at the same time. The setting? Africa, 1 million years ago. The star? The last neanderthal on earth. The plot? Watching this Cro-magnon stud walk around Africa day + night, with nothing to do but stare at wildlife and get high (yes, really). I recently turned this movie into a music video edit for one of my favorite artists and friend, Steve Moore. Have a look at the video to get a peek at MISSING LINK!

Sunday Streaming:: Nomads (1986)

Can I recommend 75% of this movie and warn you about the remaining 25%? If you can appreciate a thoroughly eighties supernatural thriller complete with a shamelessly obtrusive soundtrack, grievous apparel and a near non-stop barrage of light shafts shooting through Venetian blinds then you, like me, will want to see this. The rub is that to experience these wonderful things you’ll also have to endure PIERCE BROSNAN speaking with an excruciating French accent. It sounds easier than it is. My tip is to use your imagination and pretend that it is not happening, that’s what I did. I just kept a straight face and willed myself into hearing something different than what I was. It’s worth the effort because as mawkish as this movie can sometimes be, it also, occasionally, hits a profoundly eerie note especially if you watch it late at night when your brain is partially defenseless. There’s a scene in this flick involving a nun that is straight out of THE SENTINEL. I’m not exactly sure what it meant or why it happened but it spooked me all the same. In fact, there’s much creativity on display involving the mixing of perspectives and realities, even if every artsy stab doesn’t successfully hit its mark. I’m even going to forgive the near nuclear level of soapy melodrama it secretes because I’m rationalizing that it adds to the dream like tone. But again, you must brace yourself for the accent.

You’d never know it but NOMADS is about a group of wandering evil spirits haunting L.A. in the guise of MTV-style hooligans. Once you become aware of them you’re better off dead because they will not stop harassing you and they will even drive motorcycles into your house! There’s a lot of delectable mumbo jumbo about these rascals being attracted to places where awful things have occurred and about Los Angeles being built on a desert that no one should call home. As far as my needs are concerned though, the most important thing to know about this demonic tribe is that they are portrayed by the likes of ADAM ANT, JOSIE COTTON and I shit you not, MARY WORONOV!!! Witnessing WORONOV dancing on the hood of a car is worth enduring a thousand phony baloney accents! Sorry, I don’t mean to beat a dead horse, it’s just that I’m convinced that BROSNAN’s accent is solely responsible for this movie being marginalized and worse still, it’s really so unnecessary to the story! (Seriously, if I was a producer who saw a rough cut I would have got on the horn and demanded the whole thing be re-dubbed.) Sans grueling accent, you may not have a blockbuster but at least you’ve got a stylish, super-quirky, mind-trippy, cult-oddity that ridiculous though it may be, leaves a uniquely haunting impression. Frankly I’m a little surprised that writer/ director JOHN McTIERNAN was ever allowed to work again, but I’m so glad he was because he later delivered the classics DIE HARD and PREDATOR! Tres bien!

Kinder-News:: Drew Daywalt’s The Hurting Man

UNK SEZ: Listen to this great news! Our old pal DREW DAYWALT has just signed a deal to direct the horror feature THE HURTING MAN based on his own original script and executive produced by LARRY FESSENDEN of THE HABIT and THE LAST WINTER fame! This is from the press release:

THE HURTING MAN follows the story of a police officer who tragically finds his family murdered after a failed 911 call and now must work to save their souls from a demonic boogieman haunting his childhood home.

“I wrote this script and kept it close to my chest,” says Daywalt, “ because this one was written from my own worst terrors, both as a parent of small children, and also tapping into my own childhood fears of a hideously costumed boogieman. This one’s going to scare the hell out of everyone. I promise. I can say that because it really scares me, and I’m letting my fear guide me on this one.”

Says Fessenden, “There’s a certain kind of genuinely terrifying old-school-campfire scare that Daywalt gets right in his Fear Factory gems and I can’t wait to see him nail those chills in a long form film.”

This is exciting news for any horror fan familiar with DREW‘s fantastic previous work! Make sure you keep up to date by liking the film’s Facebook Page HERE. And keep yours eyes out for his soon to be unleashed flick THE PASSENGERS which sounds equally kindertraumatic! In the meantime, it’s always a good time for this DAYWALT classic…