Thank you so much for your awesome website. It is such a brilliant idea and endlessly entertaining. I helped name a trauma (Celia: Child of Terror) and someone else’s submission helped me find one of my own traumas that I’ve been searching for (the Living Dolls short from USA Saturday Nightmares). I’ve also found out about so many great movies from the kindertrauma community that not even my endless perusals of the Psychotronic Video guides could help me come up with.
Well it’s time I submitted my trauma and hope somebody knows what the heck I’m talking about. I so hope to finally find this movie that has been gnawing at the edge of my subconscious for almost 20 years now. I saw probably the first half at a slumber party when I was about 9 or 10. This would have been the early ’90s but the movie looked older, possibly late seventies/early ’80s. It was in color and I believe it was rated R. I used the rating as my excuse for why I ran out of the room when I got scared. I told the other girls I wasn’t allowed to watch R-rated movies and I didn’t want to get in trouble.
As far as the plot goes, I believe it was about a family of four (mom, dad, two boys) and one of the children was evil. I only remember two scenes. One was a car driving down a dusty road. I know that is not very descriptive but it sticks out in my mind for some reason. I want to say that scene was followed by a crash but I can’t be sure. The other scene I remember was of the family eating dinner. The evil brother somehow made it so the family’s food was covered in maggots or mold or something else gross. The non-evil brother was telling the evil one to stop and the parents seemed to be less freaked out than they should have been. That’s it. Thats all I remember. I hope someone can help. Also, I know it sounds a lot like Cathy’s Curse, with the car crash and the kid making the food gross but it definitely wasn’t. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this. I hope it makes it to the site.
— Elizabeth M.
UNK SEZ: Thanks Elizabeth! I’m afraid I don’t know the answer to this but I bet one of our savvy readers does! It’s funny that you should send this Name That Trauma in now as I have been recently semi-obsessed with the rotting food trope! It started when I was watching GRAVE ENCOUNTERS in which there is a scene that involves a container of food supplies which is suddenly found rotting and filled with worms. It instantly reminded me of CATHY’S CURSE and I thought maybe I should compile a list of horror movies that involve rotting food. I did not get very far, so I’m going to put this out to Kindertrauma readers; even if you don’t know the answer to Elizabeth‘s query can you name some more movies that have a rotting food scene in them?
Here’s what I got so far…
CATHY’S CURSE (1977)
THE CURSE (1987)
THE LOST BOYS
A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 5: THE DREAM CHILD
GRAVE ENCOUNTERS (2011)