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Name That Trauma:: Kevin M. on a Cyclops Cat Children’s Book

January 7th, 2020 · 4 Comments

I read a children’s picture book that must have been published sometime in the mid to late ’70s. 


The book was about the size of a magazine, it had color illustrations and was about a young cat that went to sea. The cat stood upright and wore blue pants and a white shirt, along with some kind of a headband/kerchief. 
The body of the book includes mild adventures, but the kindtraumatic part comes on the last page: the cat departing for a scary nautical adventure, he’s looking at the reader but behind him, you see all kinds of frightening stuff in the distance, including an island with large cyclops cats. 


It’s *not* Ricard Adam’s The Ship’s Cat. 


Any help tracking down the name or images from this book would be a huge help. 

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Name That Trauma:: Luke C. on a Circular Saw Safety Short

January 7th, 2020 · 1 Comment

There’s this child safety video that we were shown multiple times in grade school in the 80’s that terrified me as a small child. A kid making popcorn outside with a raggedy extension cord that catches his house on fire, someone sawing off their finger with a circular saw, stranger danger, etc.

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Name That Trauma:: Xminus on an Avalanche and a Talking Rock

November 27th, 2019 · 1 Comment

I need your help as winter approaches. I have a movie stuck in my head and I can not find the name of it. All I have to go on is it was on TV, not sure when or what channel, and it might be a made for tv movie, I am not sure. All I can remember is that there was an avalanche, and someone is dying , and up to their neck in snow and they start hallucinating and talking to a rock of all things. I remember the guy naming the rock rocky and the rock had a mouth that said I have always been here and always will be. Then the mouth on the rock vanishes and the guy gets a little frantic and the screen fades to black shortly after. I need to know I was not just making this up, and any help will be appreciated.

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Name That Trauma:: B. on Creepy Alien Plants

November 18th, 2019 · 1 Comment

About 15 years ago there was a program on PBS I believe, maybe during their beg-a-thon, it seemed to be a documentary about a play(?) because there were clips of the thing and clips of people talking. Anyway, the particular scene in question was of a small child, a boy I believe, on an alien island possibly? Or planet? Not sure, but he awakens from his sleep to see some plants with pods on the top of them and they were sort of sway-dancing in a very creepy manner. There was a choir in the background (sound-wise) and then it jumped to a scene of the young boy frying eggs on a rock, throwing the fry pan to flip them in the air with the plants behind him. I haven’t been able to find anything about this (all the searches for alien plants come up with is Little Shop Of Horrors which is definitely not it), and there is no PBS schedule from this time on the net. It scared the bajeesus out of me when I was youngish and I’m dying to find at least something about this.

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Name That Trauma:: Greg T. on Mellow Jazz and Black-Eyed Children

November 13th, 2019 · 1 Comment

OK, I have two super obscure ones and I am hoping someone somewhere can find clips. I have a couple more in the chamber but I don’t want to bury you with these all at once. 


1) I have a vague recollection of an animation on an early 70s Sesame Street that was a cut-out animation of the sun and moon coming up and going down on a black background and the music was a mellow jazz thing with a flute solo at the end. Not unlike Brooks Poston and Paul Watkins creepy tunes in the Manson documentary from 1973.


2) I have a recollection of a late 70s/early 80s Fire Prevention PSA with ultra grainy film of a woman placing a tray of wooden matches before two seemingly black-eyed children.


Any one else remember these creepy things?

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Name That Trauma:: Caffeinated Joe on a Doll Mask Short

November 12th, 2019 · 7 Comments

My brother-in-law needs help:


“I went to see some kinetic sculpture today and it reminded me of a creepy film short I’ve seen before but can’t find it googling every different keyword I can think of. I think the filmmaker’s name began with the letter K. It was in black and white and was creepy and weird and maybe had a beetle in it? Don’t rightly remember but trying to find it. Also, if it helps I think there may have been doll masks stitched together with twine and weird stuff like that. I initially thought Kafka but it wasn’t him but the name sounded the same. Thanks again!”


Any one have any ideas?
Caffeinated Joe

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Name That Trauma:: Brother Bill on Post Apocalyptic Cockroach Soup

August 26th, 2019 · 2 Comments

Back again, having given up trying to identify a short film (maybe 2 minutes long?) I saw on television in the early 90s (possibly on Night Flight, USA Up All Night or similar type clip show). It was in color and looked like it could have been made in the 1980s(?)  It was about a family living in a desert cave years after a nuclear apocalypse. The parents are preparing a meal in a pot around a campfire and begin telling a story to the children about life before the bomb. In the story, which we see rendered as a flashback, a housewife is preparing dinner in a typical suburban kitchen, only to be frightened by the presence of a cockroach. She comically screams directly in the camera before the roach is killed off in some manner (can’t remember if it gets stomped or sprayed). Returning to the cave, the children are in disbelief that someone could be so afraid of a cockroach. Then we find out why. The food the parents are preparing in the pot is a cockroach soup, cockroaches being the only animal to survive the nuclear war. 

It’s definitely NOT Damnation Alley or Twilight of the Cockroaches  (which is what you are going to find when you Google for “post-apocalypse roaches”)

Thanks! 
Brother Bill

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Name That Trauma:: XMinus on a Paralyzed Organ Donor

August 22nd, 2019 · 3 Comments


Dear Uncle Lancifer, I need some help with finding a trauma. I can not find this short film that is stuck in my head. I only know it was part of a collection of short films or some anthology series. I am not really sure. The plot is about a guy that gets in a car accident and is completely paralyzed except for being able to move one of his fingers. All I can remember is at the end he is trying to move his finger but it won’t move, and the twist is that he is an organ donor. The last image is of a surgeon, and the sound of a bone saw being revved up before the screen goes black. I hope I was not imagining things and would like to find out the title of what this was and see it again.

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Name That Trauma:: Aubrey T. on a Cabin Dwelling Dummy

June 24th, 2019 · 6 Comments



Hello! I’ve been trying to figure out this movie I saw maybe in college or high school about a group of teens who go to a cabin the woods. I don’t remember much about it but there is an evil ventriloquist dummy/puppet, made of wood. I seem to recall that Julian Sands owned the dummy/puppet, but I’ve looked through his IMDb page and can’t find anything even close to that. So, there is a Julian Sands-esque guy in it. At this point I might be conflating movies, but I also think the dummy might have granted wishes? Hoping this rings a bell for someone! Thank you!
–Aubrey

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Name That Trauma:: Art on a Terrifying Old Woman

June 18th, 2019 · 3 Comments

Love the site, have been following for 12 years.  I am trying to find an early to mid 70s, like a made for TV production. I only remember one scene, and it was terrifying as a 5 year old to watch, and my school classmates agreed.  I think I saw it later in the early 80s.  What I remember as follows: Interior of In an old Victorian style house, a large social room. We see the back of an elderly woman sitting in chair, maybe knitting. A man and a woman (one might be her son or daughter) enters through the front door and sees the old woman in the chair. The couple tries to greet the old woman verbally with no response. They approach her,  put a hand on the old woman’s shoulder, she slowly turns to them, standing up and screams like a demon. The old woman has no pupils, only milky white eyes. The couple panics  and screams while the old woman runs past them and crashes out the large front  window in slow motion. She hits the ground outside and runs into the woods. I can remember hearing the crummy stock audio of glass crashing that does not match the visual.  Thanks for any idea of what film this might be in advance!

Best,
Art

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