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,