Name That Trauma :: Reader Lauren B. on Suburban Savages

Hi there, I just stumbled upon your site after visiting The Dreamin’ Demon, and I am so glad I found you, perhaps you can help me figure out what movie it was that traumatized me as a kid. It’s a movie about a cannibalistic family living in the suburbs. It was made in the ’80s, possibly early ’90s, and it was a horror/comedy type movie. If memory serves me right the dad wore a pair of thick black horn-rimmed glasses.

The scene in the movie that freaked me out was when the family was all sitting down at the table sharing a meal, and one of the kids got into an argument with the dad, and the kid stabbed the dad in the leg (or hand) with a fork (or butter knife). I remember seeing this movie as a young child, and I am 27 years old now. This scene still sticks with me, and for the life of me I cannot remember the title of the movie. Can you help me??

Thanks so much!

Lauren B.

UNK SEZ: AUNT JOHN got this one right off the bat! The horn-rimmed glasses and cannibal parents made him think of 1989’s PARENTS. Check out the trailer HERE and below I found a classic clip of SISKEL & EBERT discussing and disagreeing about the film! Thanks Lauren and thanks to DREAMIN’ DEMON for sending you our way!

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Philip Mertz
Philip Mertz (@fb1445487988)
10 years ago

I think Ebert was just mad because he felt like Randy Quaid was coppin’ his style with the glasses.

Erin Lashley
Erin Lashley (@fb1453165731)
10 years ago

Oh, Parents. Loved that one as a teenager. They ate leftovers of leftovers to be.

Joanna Boese
Joanna Boese (@fb1205346092)
10 years ago

That was perhaps one of the most unsettling movies I’ve ever seen…

Although the director’s next film that dealt with flesh eaters is one of my personal favorites-

Morbid (@morbid)
10 years ago

Anytime, guys. I figured if anyone could help someone out with an obscure movie that scarred them, it’s you.

Besides, I owe you many. Because of you helping to answer my own Trauma I am now the proud owner of one of these (and can’t stop bidding on them on Ebay.)

knobgobbler (@knobgobbler)
10 years ago

I’m surprised Ebert didn’t like this one.
For me it perfectly captured how weird it is to be a kid… all the blanks you have to fill in with your own imagination.
I went through a period where I was sure my parents were having sexy witchcraft meetings after I went to bed… I was always snooping around trying to find ‘evidence’… but just because I didn’t find any doesn’t mean that wasn’t what they were doing.