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Name That Trauma :: Reader Carolyn on a Heavy Metal Poster

December 18th, 2010 by aunt john · 9 Comments

Dear Kindertrauma,

When I was a kid, back in the early to mid-80s, my father used to take me into the record store in our local mall (specifically, the Listening Booth in the Palmer Park Mall in Easton, PA) on occasion. While he was digging through the LPs, I was staring at the images in the heavy-metal posters that loomed at adult head-height over the shelves.

I was particularly terrified of one large poster that depicted a sort of Frankenstein-esque monster holding up by its hair the head of a freshly decapitated witch. The witch’s body lay on the ground at the monster’s feet, and a number of red and blue veins were dangling from the head and extending to the neck. (That’s the part that is seared indelibly on my brain.)

Much later, I grew up to be the sort of adult who loves horror movies. I’d love to look at this image again to see if it really is as horrific as I remember.

What I can’t remember is what musician or band this poster was advertising! My Google-fu is usually pretty good, but I can’t come up with anything for this image. Unfortunately, the record store went out of business years ago, so I can’t ask them. I know it’s not the sort of thing that Kindertrauma generally handles, but maybe it will ring a bell for you?

Even if it doesn’t, I adore your blog! Thanks for any leads you might have.

Carolyn

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Bill Petree
9 years ago

As per Santa’s Slay…it’s only appropriate that the murderous Santa is Jewish. A good Jewish Boy from Tulsa (my home town)-Bill Goldberg. It’s amazing that a director who’s been in the company of the most powerful Hollywood has to offer found the most onerous type of film to be his stepping stone. Meaning a holiday film, of course.

bjkatcher
9 years ago

I’d like to know who the flaming woman is.

Carolyn
Carolyn
9 years ago

Man, the Iron Maiden covers are sooo close, except without the body and the veins! Maybe this *was* a Maiden poster. (That was the first thing my spouse thought, too.) I’ll keep digging…

VicarOfVHS
9 years ago

Going a little more obscure, could it have been Maiden’s MAIDEN JAPAN?
http://eil.com/shop/moreinfo.asp?catalogid=291617

lottie_of_millhaven
lottie_of_millhaven
9 years ago

I don’t know the answer to this, but if nobody else got it right, you could try looking into some of the early death metal bands, who were just starting out in the mid 80’s.

Most of their artwork was (and still is) really gruesome!

boliver
boliver
9 years ago

There was an Ozzy Osbourne t-shirt from 1982. A hooded executioner was holding up Ozzy’s severed head… :shudder!:

http://thmb.inkfrog.com/thumbn/s.taters/IMG_3905.JPG=600

No headless body though. 🙁 Perhaps there was a poster with the full artwork?

Hope you solve this. It sounds really cool!

Professor Von Whiskersen
Professor Von Whiskersen
9 years ago

The album cover for Iron Maiden’s “Number of the Beast” single is the first thing that popped into my head. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Number_of_the_Beast_(song)