Name That Trauma :: Reader Andrew D. on a Spirit in a Jar

Greetings! Love the site. Visit just about every day. Love taking a trip down memory lane with all the horror and suspense movies of my youth. I can't even begin to tell you also how many great flicks I've been turned onto. Was wondering about your help with a movie that has plagued me for many years.

Was never bothered by most horror movies (or the monsters/killers) but there was this one film that has always bothered me. Not sure if it was an actual theatre movie or made-for-T.V. Saw it maybe when I was between 10-13 (am 36 now). It involved several people (possible kids) digging up a glass bottle/mason jar out of the ground. After opening it (or having it break) a vengeful spirit/demon thing caused all sorts of mayhem until they managed to trap it back in another bottle at the end of the movie.

I remember it was really creepy and had an evil edge to it and it always bothered me that you could release something so evil on accident. Any ideas folks?

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Brother Bill
Brother Bill (@brother-bill)
12 years ago

Could you possibly be thinking of Steven Spielberg’s made for TV film “Something Evil”? It’s been a LONG while since I’ve seen it but it featured a mason jar that glowed and made creepy, baby-like noises. There were poltergiests and other supernatural things going on, somehow tied to the jar.

Brother Bill

anarchyboy73 (@anarchyboy73)
12 years ago

I’m pretty sure the jar just appeared to be an empty mason jar. no glowing effects or anything.

FatherOfTears (@fatheroftears)
12 years ago

Hmmmmm……………Could this have been the inspiration for that claymation video for Alice In Chains’s “I Stay Away”.

Kinder Trauma
Kinder Trauma (@fb558607286)
10 years ago

Reader boomboom concurs with Brother Bill & emailed this:

I might have an answer to your movie. I saw this movie when I was about 11 an it’s the only movie to give me nightmares to this day. The name is Something Evil …. good luck !!!