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Name That Trauma :: Reader Austin M. on the Afterlife, a Balloon Baby, Pirate Phantoms and a Busted Bulb

December 17th, 2011 by aunt john · 8 Comments

Three films & one T.V. show. I was born in 1973 and saw these between 1977 and 1980:

  • First one was a second part of a double feature drive-in that was a documentary about the afterlife.
  • The second was a possible made-for-TV movie… had a feeling of like the JOAN COLLINS’ DEVIL WITHIN HER… all I remember was a dream like sequence when a mother comes out the doors of a mansion (her POV)… there is a baby carriage with balloons… I believe the idea or feeling is that the baby is dead…???
  • One other film… also I think made-for-TV…perhaps based on a book…in the early ’80s had footprints in the sand at night… a boy and perhaps pirate ghosts…NOT THE FOG.
  • The TV show might have been the CHARLIE’S ANGELS in a haunted house… I remember a bulb breaking while the girls were walking up a staircase…???

Any help would be so greatly appreciated!

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Austin M.

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8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Dec 17, 2011 at 9:24 am

    I think the second one could be “Night Cries” (1978) with Susan Saint James.

    There are a lot of weird dream sequences in that one…

  • 2 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Dec 17, 2011 at 9:48 am

    There is a baby carriage at the 9:40 mark here….

    and some balloons at the 3:20 mark here…

  • 3 cmcmcmcmNo Gravatar // Dec 17, 2011 at 11:46 am


    That wasn’t an answer – I just got all excited there for a minute.

  • 4 lottie_of_millhavenNo Gravatar // Dec 17, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    This is a long shot, but the third one just might be Bloody New Year.

  • 5 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Dec 17, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Aunt John was thinking maybe the first one was “Beyond And Back”?

  • 6 Ben SherNo Gravatar // Dec 17, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    #4 sounds like it could be the CHARLIE’S ANGELS episode “Of Ghosts and Angels” from 1980, starring the great thespian Shelley Hack. I haven’t seen it in ages, but it was one of my favorite episodes. You can watch it online here:

  • 7 GrokensteinNo Gravatar // Dec 17, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    Sunn Classics’ “Beyond and Back” (1978) was followed up by “Beyond Death’s Door” (1979). I don’t know if they were ever released as a double feature, but then didn’t drive-ins usually make up their own double and triple features?

  • 8 Amanda By NightNo Gravatar // Dec 18, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    I think the one that is not The Fog, might be Cry for the Strangers with Patrick Duffy…

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