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Name That Trauma:: Richard R. on a Creepy PBS Halloween Program

December 11th, 2017 · 2 Comments

Hello, Kindertrauma!

This must have been the mid-to-late-70’s. There was a show on PBS that I actually saw a couple of times–I believe it was broadcast for a few years around Halloween. It was a group of actors with ghoulish makeup on a plain black-box set performing a series of stories in a sort of readers’ theatre/oral interp style. I don’t remember most of the stories, but I believe one of them was an adaptation of the Grimms’ fairy tale about the Boy Who Left Home to Learn Fear. The actors took on most of the narration duties, but there was also an unseen narrator for some parts–a guy with a creepy/soothing voice. The whole thing was accompanied by organ music, and it all ended with a song number by a group of classic monsters about how they found a home together in a haunted house. I’ve googled every possible descriptor I could come up with, and no dice all around. It’s driving me a little crazy!

Love the website!

Best regards,

Richard R.

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Name That Trauma:: Sebastian L. on an Attic Staircase Apparition

December 7th, 2017 · 1 Comment

Hey there, Kindertrauma!

I have a super obscure Name That Trauma that I’m hoping someone out there might be able to help me with. I remember seeing a commercial on TV, probably sometime in the very late 1990s or very early 2000s. It was for what I am pretty sure was a TV movie (though I suppose it may have been a series) that was most likely airing on one of the big networks (CBS, ABC, NBC, or maybe FOX), as that’s primarily what I would’ve been watching at that time. All I can remember is one scene that showed someone (whether a man or a woman, I don’t know) seeing an old woman standing a the foot of what looked like a set of stairs to an attic. I even think they may have seen her in the reflection of a mirror, though I can’t be positive. I’m quite sure the commercial framed her as a ghost, because it definitely had a spooky context. It may have been the ghost of the protagonist’s mother (at least that’s how I remember it, but I may have just assumed that at the time). There was nothing outwardly creepy about the woman herself, it was all context. From what I recall, she had her hair pinned back in a bun or braid or something, and was wearing a dress with long-sleeves. I wish I could remember more, but that’s the only image that really stuck with me, and has for almost twenty years. Any tips would be appreciated!

– Sebastian L.

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Name That Trauma:: Xminus on a Chiller Van Helsing Short

November 28th, 2017 · 7 Comments

A while ago on the TV channel Chiller I watched a short. I can’t find it or remember the time I watched it. It was some time in the past 14 years. I think it was about the five senses of fear. It involved a guy looking for love who finds a rather attractive woman and all I remember is that they go to a hotel, the door closes and there is a sound of screaming coming from the room. The camera zooms out to a doctor’s bag and the name on the bag is Van Helsing! The name of the short I am thinking of is “(unknown name)”s lament.” That is all I can remember. Did I make this up? I can not find this anywhere on the web. Can you help?

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Name That Trauma:: Dylan Donnie-Duke on a Lascivious Chameleon

November 21st, 2017 · 3 Comments

Hey Kindertrauma! Dylan Donnie-Duke from The Walter Paisley Movie House here! A TWPMH member asked this question, and I am at a loss, so I am looking to the real experts for help. Thanks in advance! Here’s what he asked:

Do any of you Gen Xers remember an animated movie from the early 80s? I think it was on HBO a lot. It was about pirates, brothers who were a pirate and an admiral, and there was this weird Chameleon critter in it as well. I also seem to remember this movie being somewhat lascivious.

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Name That Trauma:: Dustin in Minnesota on a Candlelight Translation

November 20th, 2017 · 1 Comment

Hello Horror Fans!

I am trying to recall the title of either a short story adapted for television, or a television episode that I saw around 1979-1983.

I don’t remember much about it. It was on one of those PBS educational shows where they would adapt a youth novel or short story for television. The only scene I remember involved a girl trying to guess what something meant in French (and coming remarkably close, for a guess).

She thought it *sounded like* it might mean “ghost if I can,” or “devil if I can.’ The translation was something like “diable si je peux,” which does indeed translate into “devil if I can.” I don’t think she was a native speaker, because she was reading it and trying to figure out. She actually said the second part “sounds” like “if I can.”

It was a darkened room, possibly a study or library in an old house where she was reading. Suspenseful music was playing, and she may have been reading by candlelight

That’s all I remember. Did anyone else see this?


Dustin in Minnesota

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Name That Trauma:: Stephen B. on a Creepy Black and White TV Show Intro

October 4th, 2017 · 6 Comments

Hi Kindertrauma, I’ve just stumbled upon your site after wandering through the web. Most interested in your “name that trauma” section as I have been haunted for many years by a TV show opener. It is in black and white and is animated, one scene morphs into another and another an so on. I cannot remember the order but I think it starts with a boy bouncing a ball which then changes into maybe an eagle then maybe a dark alleyway then maybe a mummy. Each scene turns quickly to the next to create the intro. It is English and dates back to the early seventies and I believe the show told a different story each episode. I found the intro so creepy that it stays with me to this day over forty years later. Please could someone tell me the name of the show.

Many thanks

Stephen B. – a lifelong horror fan.

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Name That Trauma:: Geoff C. on a Screaming Mother and a Skeleton Brother

September 27th, 2017 · 4 Comments

Hi Kindertrauma!

Love your website and have been enjoying your posts for many years. I’m finally going to submit my Name That Trauma that’s been haunting me for 40+ years. I was very young so some details may be inaccurate but I’m open to any suggestions.

A woman returns to her family home after being away for many years. The interior of the house looked vaguely gothic with two or more floors and big rooms. The mother and other family seem very hostile to the returning woman.The family members speak of her brother (or maybe father?) who never leaves his room and is never seen. A tray of food is delivered to his room every day and then picked up outside the door with empty dishes. There’s extended build-up and mystery about the never seen brother, climaxing with the woman finally entering his room where she of course finds his skeleton propped up in a chair. The mother (?) comes flying into the room after her discovery screaming “You must die! You must die!” while wielding a knife or ax.

Obviously this sounds like Psycho by way of Burnt Offerings with a touch of Silent Scream but it’s none of those. I know several of the plot points sound like Hammer’s “Scream of Fear” but it’s not that either – though it’s entirely possible that I’ve mixed that one up with another movie or TV show. I saw the movie sometime between 1972 and 1977 (based on where we were living when I saw it) so I was no older than 7 and I’m sure my memory isn’t entirely reliable. I think it was in black and white but that might have just been our TV at the time. The “You must die!” part is what has stuck with me over the years. It’s so campy and over the top it’s hard to believe it’s not from some well-known movie.

Appreciate any help or suggestions from you or your readers!

All the best,

Geoff C.

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Name That Trauma:: Chris H. on a White Clad Figure

September 24th, 2017 · 4 Comments

Hey there KinderTrauma,

I hope this is the right way to reach you about a certain program I saw on TV that scarred me early on and I have been trying to uncover for close to 22 years.

So at some point in the mid 90’s I was traveling with my dad on business and we were staying at a hotel for one night. He left early in the morning and I had the hotel room all to myself so I preoccupied myself by watching TV.

One of the first things I came upon was a movie/procedural TV show that seemed to be horror in nature, though I was too young at the time to make a clear distinction between horror and mystery thriller.

Anyway, the scene that freaked me out was of a long hallway, possibly a hospital or school building. Wandering the lone halls is a woman. I remember her wearing custodial garb, but I could be wrong. So as she is wandering, at some point, a figure clad in all white passes behind her from one side of the hall to the other. She continues to wander until the thing closes on her and she screams. The next scene is of detectives discussing the found body, noting that many or all internal organs had been removed.

The suddenness of the white clad figure and the grotesque method of killing really disturbed me, and I laid int that hotel room in terror until my dad came back hours later.

If anyone can solve this one, that would be great.



UNK SEZ: Chris! I’m thoroughly convinced you were exposed at a young age to the infamous night nurse scene from THE EXORCIST III (1990). It’s got to be it! You mentioned the white clothes, the hallway and the police investigation afterward. If it makes you feel better, this horrific scene has gotten the better of many a hardened horror fan. No wonder it freaked you out as a kid!

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Name That Trauma:: Sean P. on a Corpse in a Window

September 21st, 2017 · 3 Comments

Hey guys,

I saw this movie as a kid and I’ve never been able to find it again. All I remember is that there is a woman and her family is trying to drive her crazy. They put a corpse in a window of the house directly across the street for her to see. Does this ring a bell for anyone?


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Name That Trauma:: Bee on a Creepy Scribble in a Mirror

September 18th, 2017 · No Comments


This is what I can remember about a movie that freaked me out when I was 7 years old. I saw in on TV, in Spanish… so, that may not help.

A brother and his sister are in the attic (?), laying on their stomachs, maybe in front of a mirror, drawing a squiggly version of this (which in my memory is way creepier and looks less like a confused, thin, Minion) with red crayons, chanting something along the lines of “Momma gay, give us your power”. (Momma gay, dans tu poder.)

The girl is sleeping and the brother places a hand held mirror in front of her face, which reveals the picture they drew. In what I assume was the final scene, the family is going somewhere, you have an eagle view of a yellow (?) car driving up the highway, among trees, and you hear the piercing scream of the girl, inferring she caught her reflection in the rearview mirror.

I’m 32 now. I remember I spent a week avoiding mirrors, and then only allowing certain parts of my body to be reflected, only a leg, or a hand at a time; running past mirrors, washing my hands with my eyes closed, opening my eyes real slow when I felt brave… And I’ve been looking for this movie, while not always wanting to find it, ever since.

Does it ring a bell?


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