Name That Trauma :: Reader André on a Hot House

Here’s the description of the movie/T.V. show that has haunted me since I was a kid.

I believe it aired in the ’80s or early ’90s and I’ve seen it on French-Canadian television, so it may have been foreign.

Basically, it’s the story of a family (I believe it’s a mom, a dad and their two kids) and they’re going about their usual business in their house*. As it goes on however, the family starts to complain about heat (the temperature inside the house keeps getting hotter) and they can’t get out, all the doors and windows are blocked.

At some point also, they discover this huge green mass/monster covering the floor from one of the rooms and it’s expanding rapidly. Everyone screams and panics, and that’s when you realize that the house* in question is actually a doll’s house that’s been put in the oven by the naughty brother.

*O.K., so let me explain: It turns out that this kid put her sister’s doll house inside the family’s oven and left some green candy inside (which melted because of the oven’s heat) and at the end you come to understand that you had been following the horrible story of a bunch of dolls trapped inside an oven.

It might sound crazy, but it ain’t a dream! I really saw that on T.V.

Tip: Someone once told me it might have been from an episode of THE RAY BRADBURY THEATER, although I’ve never been able to verify that claim.

Thank you for helping!


UPDATE: NAME THAT TRAUMA SOLVED! Special thanks to the unsinkable Senski who left a comment and Reader Dani K. who emailed us the “Child’s Play” episode of the Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense.

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11 years ago

That’s the “Child’s Play” episode of the Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense, which also aired as the Fox Mystery Theater.

11 years ago

It’s on YouTube, so guess what we’re all doing today?

unkle lancifer
11 years ago

Wow, Senski thanks! Just read all those comments on Youtube, this episode really left a mark on a lot of people!

11 years ago

Thank you senski – as soon as I read the description I KNEW I’d seen this but couldn’t remember what it was. I watched it on YouTube last year and it was just so WEIRD! Thank you!!!!!!!