Name That Trauma :: Reader Kerstin on Rock-A-Bye Dead Baby


That’s a really cool site you have, brings back memories!

I almost gave up on identifying this one, but maybe you can name that trauma:

I’m looking for a movie I saw about 13 years ago, when I spent a lot of time watching horror films in a friend’s basement.

It’s probably pretty old. I’m quite sure that it was black and white, but maybe it’s just very dark.

The story takes place in a house in a forest (or by a forest). I have a blurry memory of a man arriving at the house and being welcomed by a family, but maybe I’m mixing things up here with another movie.

There was a grown up daughter who was treated like a little girl and I think they had at least two children.

In the end the girl is holding her dead baby in a rocking chair (or a cradle?). I’m not even sure there was a real baby. It might be that she just believed she had a baby and that she was swinging something else.

I know that’s not much to go with, but that last scene was really memorable, so maybe someone can recall the name?



Special thanks to SlasherChick for answering it with AMERICAN GOTHIC.

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13 years ago

I think I know which movie you’re talking about. It was a mid-late 80’s film that featured Yvonne DeCarlo and was entitled ‘American Gothic‘ (aka ‘Hide & Shriek’).
Trailer (via YouTube)
It’s been a looooooooong time since I last saw it but it’s hard to forget that little mummified baby. Turns out it belonged to a very childlike woman that lived in an old house with her parents and two brothers (one of whom fathered the baby).

13 years ago

I was going to say ‘American Gothic’ too… I LOVE this movie! One of the best horror movies of the 80’s that you’ve never heard of.

unkle lancifer
13 years ago

American Gothic! Why didn’t I think of that! I love that movie! Such a great cast!

13 years ago

Yep, you’re right!. Thank you so much guys. This movie really haunted me for years. And it’s good one too.