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Name That Trauma:: Murphy T. L. on a Dark Haired Idol Worshiper

November 11th, 2018 · 2 Comments

Ok. This would have been in late August/early September of 1985. I was living in Bradenton, FL, and WTOG would show movies on Saturday afternoons featuring Dr. Paul Bearer, Creature Feature. It was around Labor Day weekend because we were home from school due to Hurricane Elena.

The movie was something about a girl with long dark hair, worshiping some sort of idol, she gets stabbed in the lower back as some sort of sacrifice while naked. There might have been some sort of bunker/temple involved, I just remember the idol set in an alcove with a light shining down on it and the woman standing in front of it.

This is incredibly vague, hope y’all can help!

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Name That Trauma:: Matt R. on a TV Station Evil Entity

October 17th, 2018 · 1 Comment

Hello, long time reader here.

A rather creepy memory just popped out when I was talking to a friend about horror movies from our childhoods and It just keeps bugging me that I can’t get some closure. To start I’m not even sure if my memory is about a movie or a TV show since what I saw scared kid me so much that I just changed channels, but ok down to the description:

The “movie” was about a man working in a movie theater or tv station run by an evil entity, kid me interpreted that character as a witch since the Spanish dub used a female actress doing a stereotypical evil witch impersonation but she looked more like a Nazgul from LOTR, a robed figure with only her ghostly and wrinkly hands visible. Said man had to work for the evil entity because… I don’t remember, one of the few memory lagoons that made this even more creepy for kid me.

Anyhow the only scenes that I can remember with some clarity are two:

*The entity watching with delight a cartoon in a monitor inside the theater/tv station. The cartoon was about the entire planet being flooded with blood and the main character drowning alongside every single person in the world, that character was an animated version of the man.

*The man’s son waiting for him to come home during a stormy night, the kid is standing in front of the house’s crystal (?) main door when the lightning creates a projection of a shadow that resembles the evil entity, obviously the kid is terrified and begins to cry and scream only for the door to open and reveal it was the man all along who enters to comfort the child.

This movie or whatever was broadcasted during the morning of a weekend (Sunday I think) so I’m not sure if it was a straight horror movie or some kind of weird horror thing aimed at children since movie channels used to broadcast content for kids and families at that timeslot.

Hope y’all could help me with this. Greetings from Mexico,

Matt R.

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Name That Trauma:: Domingo M. on a Killer Pig and More.

October 16th, 2018 · 5 Comments

Hi, I’ve been trying to identify the following three films for years (although the first two may be chapters in a series).

* This one I may have seen around 20-25 years ago. I remember two guys speaking, some extraterrestrial hotties had come to earth, and one of them was abducted and got half of his face blue colored. I would have sweared this must have been a chapter of Weird Science, but I’ve tried to find out with no luck.

* This one I saw more or less at the same time, I remember a guy was given the keys of the city (a huge key), but for some reason he was rejected later and taken out of the city, they changed the lock of the door to the city so we see the guy seated on the floor and then becoming a skeleton in a pseudo timelapse.

* This last one I saw much later, maybe 15 years ago, but I think this was an old movie. It’s basically a Latin American film about the lives of some people in a poor neighborhood. I know that an old lady falls into the pig’s house (and the pig is hungry because she cannot feed it very much), so the pig eats her.

Let’s see if I got some luck. Thanks!

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Name That Trauma:: Leece on a Haunted School

October 10th, 2018 · 3 Comments

For years I’ve tried identifying a movie based on a few scenes from my memory with no luck.

I went to a daycare as a child in a HUGE haunted plantation home here in Texas from the 1800s. My teacher knew I never napped during nap time, so she’d let me sit in a separate room alone and watch scary movies.

The movie in question was a ghost movie, scenes in a possibly haunted school, likely from the 80s. I also remember a scene where a construction vehicle was moving a ton of dirt. I also remember kids walking down a hallway in said school and a scene in the bathroom. That’s about it.

Thank you for reading!


Leece

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Name That Trauma:: George H. on Two Escaped Prisoners

September 24th, 2018 · 3 Comments

Hi Kindertrauma. I’m going crazy trying to remember a movie I saw in the NYC area on local tv in the late 70s. The movie itself is in color and made in the 70s as well. All I can remember is the end. Two possible escaped prisoners in a foreign land (one wounded) slowly make their way down a wooded/jungle road evading recapture from their captors. The movie cuts to friends/family en route to the rendezvous as well. Anyway, a military helicopter lands, soldiers get out and exchange fire with the military captors, but have to leave. The firepower is too much. The movie ends on the beaten faces of the prisoners helplessly watching as their escape flies away, on a freeze frame no less. This is the LAST movie in my mind I’m trying to track down. ANY help is appreciated.

Thanks, George H.

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Name That Trauma:: SteelJaw on an Apartment Filled with Women

September 18th, 2018 · 8 Comments

Hi there Kindertrauma,

I’m looking for a movie about a guy who is locked up in an apartment (could also be a hotel). The apartment is filled with women, and the man must run and hide from these women for some reason. I believe it’s a movie from the seventies. It could also be that the movie is French.

Does anybody have any idea what movie I’m searching after?

Friendly greetings from Belgium,

SteelJaw

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Name That Trauma:: Invader on a Talking Box, a Holiday Ride and a Trap Door

September 5th, 2018 · 4 Comments

Greetings uncle Lancifer I have two movies I can’t think of the title right now. I could do with some help.

1. This one premiered on Chiller it is about a group of people that got stuck in an open house, and can’t leave it. All I can recall is one scene with a box you pressed that said hello welcome to blah blah blah take a look around. They also try to drive away from the property to always come back to it.

2. Also premiered on Chiller, it is a holiday horror film, where they are taking a shortcut to a relatives house and they die one by one, and there is a black car that keeps passing or following them.

3. Another horror film that has this trap door like thing in a basement that is shallow and one person dies by being pulled into/crushed into it. I for the life of me can’t think of the name of it.

Many thanks, invader.

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Name That Trauma:: Gary B. on a Bleeding Toy

July 30th, 2018 · 7 Comments

Hi..

You guys have helped me out twice in the past, and I’m back for my third request. Here is what I saw that scarred my brain forever.

I was probably 7 or 8 years old, so this would’ve been in the early 70s. And I believe I was at a drive-in with my parents. There was a coming attraction playing before the movie, and one image from that trailer burned into my mind. It was a toy robot – the old fashioned metal toy robots that every little boy owned decades ago. The toy robot was walking, when suddenly something injured it (my memory is fuzzy when it comes to what type of injury the robot sustained). Anyway, the robot fell over – dying – and from a gaping wound in its metal belly, GUTS STARTED TO SPILL OUT! Holy crap, we’re talking bloody, red, gory GUTS! The robot had actual intestines!

Any ideas? Besides that one freaky image, the memory is very murky. But I’m about 98% sure that I didn’t dream this. This film is out there somewhere.

Thanks!

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Name That Trauma:: Asat on a Surprise Coffin Ending

June 25th, 2018 · 3 Comments

The mid-1980s was a gangbusters era for Trauma, what with the rise of mom-n-pop video-rental shops that knew better than to enforce strict policies about horror-movie rentals. But in addition to that, such places often had third-hand cassettes that Blockbuster woulda been ashamed to shelve. I am on a quest to turn up one such bomb. Keywords: foreign, gory, hypodermic needles, coffin, surprise ending.

Okay, here’s the expanded version: back about 1985, the local hole-in-the-wall video shop got a reputation for renting out “Headless Eyes” to kids under 18, and you were guaranteed some gossip at school if you were known to have watched it and thrown up…or watched it and NOT thrown up. Celebrity in high school is like that, remember? Anyway, some friends and I were determined to get in on that action, but of course the Friday we went looking for it, the tape was already out. Eh whatever, we settled on a box that looked to be of similar caliber. I really should have written down the name.

For starters, it was foreign. Italian or Spanish, and I don’t think the cassette we got was dubbed into English. Big deal, we weren’t watching for plot subtleties after all – this was supposed to be a test of our fortitude! And boy-howdy was it ever – it was like watching paint dry on a rainy day. Until the very end. And I mean the very, VERY end…the last second and a half of the film. See if you can guess how it ended.

From what we could piece together, the story was set in a villa/castle owned by some Dr. Jekyll-wannabe with a plan for an immortality serum or maybe just a process that would turn people into gorillas or something. That was this film’s claim to gory fame: it involved close-up shots of venous injections and blood spurting from incisions, supposedly “TAKEN FROM REAL-LIFE FOOTAGE”. This might have been quite traumatizing if the whole film didn’t look as though it had been filmed with the proverbial 16mm potato.

Anyway, the mad doctor’s plans come to naught and the film ends with him probably dead and his lovely young wife also a casualty of his attempts to meddle with Mad Biology. Her coffin is on a table and some guests/servants are mulling over how it’s gonna be a pain in the butt to bury her as the camera slowly zooms in on the coffin. The conversation drags on as the camera zooms and the focus-puller just barely manages to earn his day’s wage. Can you see where this is going? Off in the distance a telegraph can be heard….

BOOM! Coffin lid flies off and the bride flails about wild-eyed, revealing fangs or some such as the screen freeze-frames and the credits roll. SORRY KIDS, NO REFUNDS! BE KIND AND REWIND! Well obviously I’m not crazy about the prospect of sitting through that whole mess again, but I sure as heck would love to spring that finale on the guys again after all these years. I have little doubt they remember it – it was our own collective Ralphie-Parker-Ovaltine-Decoder-Ring moment. Not the usual kinda Trauma but more the end of innocence kind.

Again, it wasn’t a super-rare tape or this little shop wouldn’t have had a copy. It was definitely European and had the grainy look of a 1970s cheapie. I keep thinking it must have had a pretty good title coz I believe we just picked it on the basis of whatever was on the front of the case. Of course, it couldn’t have been as good as “Headless Eyes”, coz we knew we were settling for second-best at best.

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Name That Trauma:: Adam W. on Two Alien Terrors

May 8th, 2018 · 4 Comments

Hi Unk,

Longtime reader here, I love your site. It always brightens my day to read through all of the writing here.

I have a pair of film images that have been rattling around in my skull for close to forty years, and it’s now driving me crazy that I can’t figure out where they come from. I need help! Both of these scenes / images are from what I believe to be 1950s/early 1960s science fiction films, which I caught on some far-flung UHF channel.

The first scene is of a group of astronauts / explorers making their way through a mist-covered swamp on some hostile planet. At one point, they spot what appears to be an oversized, basketball-sized spider which proceeds to leap onto one of the men’s heads, killing him. I think they end up blasting it with a laser gun or something.

The other movie I am trying to place has a scene where a group of men (scientists?) are standing in front of some sort of alien hedgerow or wall. One of the men sticks his arm through the hedge/wall, screams, and then pulls it back out, his arm now completely frozen or turned to stone or something similarly horrible.

Can anyone tell me what movies these are from?

Thanks!

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