Name That Trauma:: Reader Emily F. on Peeling Skin and a Bug Drain

Dear Kindertrauma,

I have been searching far and wide (meaning the Internet) for this scary movie that I watched at a sleepover a long time ago. I must have been in fourth grade so it must have been around 2005. It’s hard to explain it but I’ll do my best.

Okay, so there are these three (or four?) girls, all friends, all with different fears. I know one of the girls has a fear of bugs and another has some fear of her skin peeling or something because there is this one scene where she’s feeling her back and she turns around to look in the mirror and her skin is just peeling off. The other girl with the fear of bugs is in the bathroom and when she turns on the shower, bugs come crawling up from every drain (bathtub, sink, toilet). I feel like maybe these girls did something bitchy to have this happen to them but I’m not quite sure. I really really want to see this movie again but I can’t find it anywhere, please help!!

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Rhiannon Joy
Rhiannon Joy (@fb665160280)
9 years ago

I keep thinking “The Craft” too for the skin peeling…

Sam Harvey
Sam Harvey (@fb612465324)
9 years ago

Defo The Craft. As well as skin peeling scene (with Neve Campbell), there also features a scene with bugs/snakes pouring out of drains/taps etc near the end (though Robin Tunney’s character doesn’t specifically have a fear of bugs if I remember correctly). Great movie!

Chuckles72
Chuckles72 (@chuckles72)
9 years ago

By all accounts I should not like The Craft. The plot is largely silly – some high school girls use wiccan-style witchcraft to change their hair color and enchant boys to like them. The final girl is a dud and what the Hell is going on with Neve Campbell’s character?

But Fairuza Balk makes it all interesting. She brings the crazy. She’s somehow over-the-top and genuinely menacing at the same time. She’s also textbook “ugly sexy” and it hard to keep your eyes off her.

Sam Harvey
Sam Harvey (@fb612465324)
9 years ago

Love me a little Balk. Completely (and brilliantly) insane. The craft is essentially popcorn enetertainment with a dark streak (in the aforementioned actress). Shame things didn’t take off for her after this…