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Name That Trauma:: Ariel K. on Overgrown Brows

May 13th, 2017 by unkle lancifer · 6 Comments


I’m told you may be able to help me…

Do you know the name of this movie? I think it’s a one-word title beginning with “D”. 50’s, 60’s or 70’s b/w. About radioactive waste off the coast somewhere in the British Isles. Possibly sunken in barrels. The people in the village get overgrown brows, and their fingers possibly begin to fuse. Babies born with defects. Some outside agency tries to convince them it’s radiation but they’re too superstitious to believe it? I think? I saw this at age eleven and it’s haunted me since. It’s not “The Giant Behemoth“. Does it sound familiar at all? I developed a habit of brushing my fingers across my brow, just to check that it hadn’t “grown over”. Thirty-six years later, and I still do this.


UNK SEZ: Hey, I think I know this one! We had it at the video store I worked at and it happened to have a very unusual VHS box with its poster art image going sideways. I do believe you are looking for DOOMWATCH (1972). Check out its wikipedia page HERE and the trailer below and let us know if we got it right. Thanks for writing in (and the great description), Ariel!

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 chainmanNo Gravatar // May 13, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    Video of the radioactive barrels.

    Unk, if Ariel K says that isn’t the correct movie, I’ll eat everyone of those radioactive barrels. lol

  • 2 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // May 13, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    Chainman, good eye!!!!

    Yep, Ariel just confirmed DOOMWATCH was it!

    Here is Ariel’s email:

    “Dear Unk,
    THANK YOU!!!
    I’ve just watched a trailer and by gosh, am I looking forward to watching this film again and perhaps turning over a new leaf in my personal brow-brushing habits. Decades, I’ve been waiting decades for this cathartic moment. You are a magician. And what a treat to see Clive Exton was involved.
    Ever thankful,
    Ariel ”

    Yay! I always fall into a shame spiral when I get these wrong.

  • 3 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // May 13, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    And here is the weird DOOMWATCH sideways VHS box….

  • 4 chainmanNo Gravatar // May 13, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    I knew you hit that movie out of the park.

    That shame spiral can be rough when they invariably occur. I hedged my bets with the barrels. Even if Ariel hadn’t been able to recognized her own movie, I wouldn’t had to have eaten those radioactive barrels. According to the ‘scientist’ in the film, they apparely were full of hormones, pituitary hormones.

    I’ve never heard of Doomwatch before today but I guess it was an ecological tale of growth hormone in the food supply. Reminds me of Prophecy with bears and liquid mercury.

    Thanks for posting that VHS box. I’ve never seen the artwork sideways before. That is unique.

  • 5 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // May 13, 2017 at 5:40 pm


    I could go for a PROPHECY/DOOMWATCH double feature and maybe throw GODZILLA VS THE SMOG MONSTER in there too!


    Allow me to share with you guys some of Ariel’s very cool artwork… check it out in the link below. It’s great stuff!

  • 6 chainmanNo Gravatar // May 13, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    That would be a fantastic three movie line up.

    Thanks for the link to Ariel’s artwork, very cool indeed. I’ve heard of creating ‘made up’ products before. Like Tarintino’s Red Apple cigarettes and Married with Children’s Big ‘Uns but nothing like Sparkletown. I got a chuckle from Drey’s “girly” magazines and all of the acorns over the various nipples. lol

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