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Name That Trauma :: Reader Griffin on a Virtual Lion Attack

December 5th, 2008 by aunt john · 7 Comments

Hey, I got a good Name That Trauma question for you.

I remember seeing ages ago something on television in the early ‘90s that might’ve been a movie, a made-for-T.V. movie or an episode of some T.V. show.

I’m guessing whatever it was, it was from the early ’90s as well.

Anyway all I remember is a man and woman, presumably a couple enter some sort of room that’s an African Savannah (I’m guessing it was probably a virtual reality room or something) and a lion starts heading towards them to eat them, but then they find that they can’t open the door to escape!

That’s it, I remember it being cheesy, but for some reason the idea of both a man and a woman being eaten by a lion was quite disturbing to me.

AUNT JOHN SEZ: I’m not lion lying when I say I have no clue. Does anyone out there know this one? Feel free to leave your guesses in the comments or email them to us at

STATUS: This one has yet to be confirmed but one thing that folks agree on is that RAY BRADBURY is most likely responsible for Griffin’s trauma! (see comments section for more.)

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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 micha maeNo Gravatar // Dec 5, 2008 at 10:23 am

    sounds like ray bradbury’s “the veldt”.  i haven’s seen an episode of  “the ray bradbury theater” since i was a kid.  it was a televison series based on his stories.  i’m more familiar with the story itself, it’s from “the illustrated man”.  according to amazon there is an episode of  “the veldt” in the series.  i don’t remember seeing this one though.

    here’s the amazon link

  • 2 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Dec 5, 2008 at 11:09 am

    Sent in from Clinton M,…

    Name That Trauma answer for today is, I think, a television version of Ray Bradbury’s classic story “The Veldt”. The version you reader saw was probably from HBO’s Ray Bradbury Theater

  • 3 JQuest777No Gravatar // Dec 5, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    Actually that is from the movie The Illustrated Man.  The movie is based on the book of same title by Ray Bradbury.

  • 4 Pilar GNo Gravatar // Dec 5, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    The scene is from The Illustrated Man.  If I remember correctly the man and woman are the parents of 2 kids that lock them in with the lions.  I think I saw this one on TV too.

  • 5 Hail AntsNo Gravatar // Dec 6, 2008 at 12:26 am

    Its definitely some version of The Veldt from The Illustrated Man, but it can’t be the film version with Rod Steiger. That’s from 1969 and couldn’t be mistaken for early 90s. Must have been a TV version as others have said. BTW, the ’69 film is still pretty good.

  • 6 JQuest777No Gravatar // Dec 6, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    A move made in 1969 can’t be shown on TV in the early 90s, Hail Ants? 

  • 7 YronimosNo Gravatar // Jul 5, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    Griffin’s probably remembering one of the newer versions mentioned above, but “The Illustrated Man (1969)” was what I thought of immediately. You’d probably want to check out “The Illustrated Man (1969)” anyway, as it had its fair share of traumatic nightmare fuel. In fact, I suggest picking up “Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)” and watching them both together for a Ray Bradbury Kiddy-Trauma two-for-one.

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