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Name That Trauma :: Reader Josh D. on a Wedded Witch

August 23rd, 2011 by aunt john · 4 Comments

I was reading a post about the burnt Spider-Man, which reminded me of another movie around the same time that was very traumatic, to me at least, I was eight at the time. A man was married to a woman he believed to be a witch, or something along these lines, and he spends the movie trying to prove to others that she is, in fact a witch.

The scene that was so terrifying to my eight-year-old brain was the man walking into an upstairs room walking up on a rocking chair, in the same vein as PSYCHO, thinking he is approaching someone else, turning the chair and finding his witch/wife sitting there instead. He is startled to the point of backing himself out of a window and falling to his death.

Thirty years later and the images are fuzzy, but they gave me nightmares at the time. I thought ROBERT CONRAD played the unfortunate husband but a glance at IMDb didn’t uncover anything.

Josh D.

Tags: Name That Trauma!

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Aug 23, 2011 at 9:01 am

    The witch thing doesn’t fit but this sounds like the ending of Burnt Offerings to me!

  • 2 Mike JonesNo Gravatar // Aug 23, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    I agree with unkle. That’s Burnt Offerings for sure. Except I was never sure if Oliver Reed fell out of the window, or was thrown. And, as a side note: When Ollie smashed into the car’s windshield, all bloody and stuff, who was the actor playing his son traumatized by the event? Why none other than Lee H. Montgomery, co-star of MUTANT!

  • 3 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Aug 24, 2011 at 12:07 am

    I didn’t realize Lee Montgomery was in MUTANT too! I’ll have to dig up my dVd and watch it again soon.

    We were just talking about him recently in regards to “Bobby” from DEAD OF NIGHT.

    I was thinking Ollie jumps out of the window to get away from the evil.

    That chimney falling always scared me as a kid. They’re not supposed to kill kids in movies!
    Plus slo-mo is always effective IMO.

  • 4 Mike JonesNo Gravatar // Aug 24, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    I was the manger of a movie theater way back when and showed this. I always snuck into the theater at the end just to watch the people scream. That film (and CARRIE) were great fun for we movie theater types —

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