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Name That Trauma:: Bud on Body Swapping Oldsters and an Occult Mystery Solving Rock Band

September 24th, 2013 by unkle lancifer · 10 Comments

My dad was the associate pastor and song director of a small Baptist church when I was growing up in the 1970s, and on Sundays he would take me to a nursing home to visit elderly shut-ins. Some suffered from senile dementia, and one particularly spooky lady carried a small baby doll around, presumably because she thought it was one of her children from the past. She had wild white hair that she refused to let anyone groom, and it stood out very much like those old Troll dolls from that period. I was horrified of her, and the fact that she resided in a small room in the nursing home where the shades were always drawn and the lights were always out made her especially creepy. For some reason, though, she adored my father; he had copper-red hair, and maybe that was why, because he stood out, but she didn’t seem to like me much (I had black hair like my mom). Regardless, my dad was the only person she let touch her “baby,” and one time she let him hold it and he decided to see if she would allow me to do the same. No dice. When she saw him pass the doll to me, she leapt up in her hospital gown and slippers, and started screaming, and the nursing staff ran in to calm her down. I can still hear the piercing wails that emitted from her to this day. I was a nervous wreck for the rest of the evening after that, I can assure you.

At any rate, with that story as a back drop, I remember seeing one of those late-night TV movies back in that time period that revolved around an elderly couple who could somehow transfer the youth from others and entrap their victims in their old bodies. For some reason this horrified me as much as the “Aunt Ada Has Come to Stay” episode of NIGHT GALLERY I wrote about earlier this year — and thank you guys for helping me find the very movie I had been hunting down for over two decades: HORRORS OF THE BLACK MUSEUM, and the comic where Santa’s sleigh hangs that crook as it flies in front of a full moon (I’ve written a blog post about the help you all gave me, and I really appreciated it — the fact that I found these things on my birthday made it all the better). At the end of the movie (and I’m sure it was one of those 90-minute deals, and ran on either CBS or ABC), the victims of these body or energy swappers are looking down from an apartment window at the now-youthful villains, and I was too horrified to see what the now-old couple looked like…I’ve always wondered, too, and now I wish I could see it. Any idea what it was entitled?

Another movie from that period I’ve often wondered about dealt with, I think, a rock band that gets into a plane crash, and survives, and they somehow get super-powers that help them solve occult mysteries. I want to say they sang something like, “Don’t be afraid of the dark/When it’s a Full Moon,” because my sister and I used to sing that about that movie all the time — it was British, and I seem to remember someone developing the ability to read minds, and maybe someone else developing telekinesis…not sure…sorry for the rambling, but if anyone could help me out, it would be you good folks!

Tags: Name That Trauma!

10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Sep 24, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Hmmm, I feel like I know the first one but can’t put my finger on it?

    Or maybe I’m just thinking of Eternal Evil with Karen Black? I know there was some body switching going on in there…


    Bud sent me this…

    a clue….other folks talking about that occult rock group show….

    “I’m not alone in my memories of this old British-style mystery movie (or show) — note the posts here…

    No one can remember the show’s name, but the band was presumably called “FULL MOON”…”

  • 2 AlbeefanNo Gravatar // Sep 24, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    The film about the old couple using young bodies sounds like The Sorcerers (1967) with Boris Karloff and Catherine Lacey, directed by Michael (Witchfinder General) Reeves. Take a look at it on IMDB and see if it rings any bells:

  • 3 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Sep 24, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Thanks Albeefan!

    I’m not familiar with that one and it looks good!

    Is the Albee in your name a reference to Edward Albee? If so, love it.

    Here’s a clip of Albeefan’s suggestion from Youtube…

  • 4 Chuckles72No Gravatar // Sep 24, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    Yikes! I can’y help with naming the trauma but Bud’s scary tale of the nursing home is freaky to the max! His vivid description invoked an image akin to a cross between the evil pastor from Poltergeist II and the ghost librarian from Ghostbusters!

  • 5 GrokensteinNo Gravatar // Sep 26, 2013 at 5:58 am

    They aren’t a rock band, but three secret agents who survive a plane crash in the Himalayas are granted a variety of strange powers (including psychic ones) that they use to fight international menaces as The Champions in their 1968-69 British TV series.

    Two episodes were edited together with substantial amounts of new footage to make the theatrical release “Legend of the Champions” in 1983–fifteen years later!

  • 6 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Sep 26, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Chuckles, I thought the same thing. When i was a boy scout five million years ago we were all taken to an old folks home and I remember it being mostly terrifying. Bud’s story reminded me of that!

    GROKenstein!!! How do you do it??? !!! That’s incredible! I’m so fascinated by this! 15 years!!!? And those years between 68 and 83 were big ones. I remember stuff from the late seventies seemed ancient back in 83!

  • 7 kermodeNo Gravatar // Sep 26, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    If the movie was even remotely good, it was probably The Brotherhood of Satan (1971):

  • 8 AlbeefanNo Gravatar // Oct 9, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Yup! Edward Albee is an absolute hero to me! Funny, and oh so dark!

  • 9 BuddoNo Gravatar // Jan 18, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    The occult rock band mystery movie has been solved! It was a 1973 movie aired on late night ABC TV in 1975 called “Rock-a-Die Baby,” and it was the first of two movies featuring the band “Half Moon.” Here they are singing the song in question:

  • 10 BuddoNo Gravatar // Jan 18, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    Now if only I could track down two other old movies that impacted me as a kid: one opened (I think) with a wide shot of an old manor at night time, with a kid singing, off-camera, “The Worms Crawl in, the Worms Crawl Out,” and there’s a scratched up painting then panned to, and it’s bleeding! — The other is set in WWII, and deals with a boy and a girl who wander into a cave and find explosives (I think), and one of them (or both) wander out in shock after it explodes. I also remember a color movie (that last one was B/W), where a boy and a girl in a small row boat are fishing in a man-made canal that (I think) leads to a dam, and – suddenly – a bomber flies overhead, and bombs are dropped into the water, nearly blowing them out of existence. No idea what that one was about, but I recall a sequence in one or the other (or maybe even another one altogether) that clearly emulates that painting where that girl is sitting sideways in a field with her back facing us, looking off into the distance. Christina’s World, or something, is the name of the painting…I think. I’m gettin’ old, ya’ll… This is the painting:

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