Name That Trauma :: Reader Kim K. on a Scary Smile and Trash Can Kitty

I have to say that your blog is both horrible and really neat. Hopefully someone can help me figure out what these movies were so I can see them completely and stop being weird about it.

I was watching a T.V. show about horror movies, and it showed little clips of the scarier parts. I don’t remember the date but I think it came out at the same time that CAT’S EYE did, because I keep thinking this was part of that movie (it’s not). There is a horrible flesh-colored monster with no hair and generally human shaped, only it had the scariest mouth ever (lots of long sharp teeth) and it SMILED. For some reason I have it in my head that her name was Lucy (or Lucie) but I don’t ever find pics when I Google. Maybe that was the creator’s name for the puppet? Either way that thing was scary as hell.

The other movie memory was about a girl who may have been hallucinating. She was walking along in an alley or a dark park or something and hears a kitten crying. She followed the sounds to a trash can and lifted it up and something horrible was inside (it may have been just a rat but I think I was about 6 and they were scary) and she lost her mind screaming and acting nuts and then somehow (I don’t know if she stopped hallucinating or I remembered it wrong) she ended up being comforted by some guy. I think it ended up that her sister was setting her up to seem crazy so she (the non-crazy sister) could get the guy. That kitten in the trash can scene made me forever nervous of sounds inside things I can’t see into.

I will be amazed, but SO GRATEFUL, if anyone knows what in the world I’m talking about!

Thanks so much.

Kim K.

UNK SEZ: I think I know the first one Kim! We’ve gotten a “Name That Trauma!” on it before (HERE)! It sounds like you are talking about “Lizzie” from the TOM SAVINI directed episode of TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE entitled “Inside the Closet”. You can read our review of it HERE. As for the second, hopefully one of our readers will know the answer to that!

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Kim Holdren Kowalski
10 years ago

THAT’S IT!! I couldn’t even look at the page, it still freaks me out.
The friend who pointed this site out (thanks Stacy!) actually knew the second one; it’s Sybil, of all things. Not even technically a horror flick but MAN, that scared the crap out of me as a kid!

Stacy Pershall
10 years ago

The second one is “Sybil,” and the thing in the can is a beheaded cat. Here’s an image:

James Lowrey
10 years ago

Awww man, I didn’t read it all the way through and I was going to suggest that Tales from the Darkside episode. Then I scrolled up a bit and was devastated somebody beat me! I thought the puppet was called Lucy though, don’t know if it’s a false memory or not but I read that it was named after some hominid remains which were also called Lucy because the puppet resembled a primitive ape.