I absolutely love KINDERTRAUMA! Not only is it intelligent, a feast for the eyes and a nostalgic’s dream – it is also oodles of fun! Your Sunday Streaming and review archives always turn me on to new flicks that I love! I’ve never followed one of your recommendations and been disappointed – thank you for that!
I’m hoping there is something else I can be thanking you for – helping me track down a trauma! I’ve noticed that you’ve helped some people locate books that left impressions on them in the past and perhaps you could do the same for me? I don’t really remember what the tale I’m looking for was about, except for it involving a creepy older neighbor man who lives alone and who carves a lot of pumpkins and the story’s heroine becomes convinced is the serial killer terrorizing her town (although in the end, I believe, he turned out to be quite the opposite and saved her life from the actual murderer).
It has been years and the details of the book are a little hazy so some of that may be off. But it was the book’s cover that really freaked me out. This would have been in the early ’90s and the artist did a bang up job for sure. It featured a dark haired girl glimpsed through a window (I think a bedroom window, she may have been peering into it) with a look of shock on her face – maybe because of what she is seeing in the bedroom or maybe because on the porch surrounding her are tons of spooky, glowing pumpkins. This one was probably meant for pre-teens and middleschoolers.
I’m still not sure why it freaked me out so much, as I love all things Halloween – perhaps some of the pumpkins had sinister faces – but I know that it gave me nightmares and I was terrified after waking from them that I’d look at my bedroom window and see an evil glowing Jack o’ Lantern or a diabolical hairy handed killer looking right back at me!
Thanks for taking the time to read this, and for any help you can provide! I certainly do appreciate it!