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Name That Trauma:: Joe R. on a Bleeding Heart Church

April 22nd, 2013 by unkle lancifer · 7 Comments

This was probably 15+ years ago, but I was at my grandmothers house and there was a movie playing. During the opening there is this young woman and she somehow ends up in a church or some old building of the like. She walks up the a lectern and there is a book on it, she walks up, opens the book, and there is a beating heart inside. She then looks down at her own chest and there is a big bloody hole. I don’t remember anything else except being traumatized by fear and running out of the room. Any help is greatly appreciated. I want to say it was an old version of Phantom of the Opera or something like that, but really I have no idea.

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Ben S
Ben S
7 years ago

Your Name That Trauma reminded me of the early scenes of PHANTOM OF THE OPERA starring Robert Englund (it came out in the early ’90s). There was a scene with a girl in a church or old building who opens a book, and the book bleeds. I don’t remember if there was a heart in it–but your mentioning of PHANTOM made me wonder if that was the one.

Mondo Digital
7 years ago

Hey, I know this one! It’s the opening scene from the 1990 version of MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH with Herbert Lom and Brenda Vaccaro. Just released on DVD a few months ago.

Mondo Digital
7 years ago

You must’ve had a premonition! If you’re brave enough to watch both of the MASQUEs together, definitely do the Stallone/Vaccaro one first. It has tacky glam rock, a woman sewn into a loom, a mad slasher in red, a grandfather clock razor pendulum, loads of gore, and a model with a terrible French accent. The Adrian Paul one has… um… a lot of horses. And Fabio hairstyles.