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Name That Trauma :: Reader Maddie on a Table Top Torture

October 13th, 2014 by unkle lancifer · 7 Comments

Hey Kindertrauma,

My name is Maddie, I’ve just turned 18 and I recently discovered your website. I read something online that got me thinking about traumatic experiences from our childhoods that we either can’t remember or block out. I’m especially interested in disturbing media/cinema moments from childhood, so I’ve really enjoyed your website, but I also have a few of my own that I was hoping you could help me with.

I was watching a movie with my family as a kid, and one of the very first scenes (it seems like it was within the first ten minutes of the movie) was one of I guess, torture. There was a man on a table in a fire-lit room, with someone either beating or stabbing him, and his whole body like jerking and convulsing at the same time. I only have a vague memory because it’s been like 15 years since I saw the scene, but I clearly remember being disturbed by the visual effects and especially the convulsions that the man on the table (I feel like he was either not wearing a shirt or naked as well) was having.

Anyways, up until today, I had a vague memory of the movie being “Legend” but I found the movie online today and the scene I was so horrified by as a kid was nowhere to be found, and I ended up just watching 90 minutes of Tom Cruise make a horrified face through his long, dirty hair.

I would love your help in finding out what movie it was from, or if it was some sort of alternate scene from “Legend,” and if it was possible to find a clip of just that scene, I would be so grateful. I can’t give any more details about the movie, or confirm that it was “Legend” since I had to leave the room immediately and never saw it again, although I did see online that there is a torture scene in some versions of the movie, but I can’t seem to find it.

Thank you so much!

Tags: Name That Trauma!

7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Oct 13, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Thanks for the NTT Maddie! I only have a wild guess for this one. It made me think of THE SWORD AND THE SORCERER (1982). It’s not really a torture scene but the table and the torches and the traumatic atmosphere sort of fit.

    There’s a good chance that one of our knowledgable readers will have a better idea of what this might be. In the meantime here is TSATS just in case…(the scene I’m thinking of is 4:00 in)

  • 2 FijiMermaidNo Gravatar // Oct 13, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    I think Maddie is correct that it’s Ridley Scott’s “Legend”. I recall a brief scene when their are cooks chopping put a body on a table and the big fires are blazing around them. I was trying to find a screen shot/video clip, but couldn’t find anything… yet. I did find this trivia on IMDB. “An extension of the Demon Cooks scene (parts of the section where the cooks chop up a dead body can be seen in the opening sequence of the U.S. version);”

  • 3 micksterNo Gravatar // Oct 13, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    I agree with FijiMermaid. It is definitely Legend. I know the scene. I have the DVD, but I do not know how to capture the scene.

  • 4 micksterNo Gravatar // Oct 13, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    I just sent a clip to Unkle L.

  • 5 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Oct 13, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    Thanks FijiMermaid.

    That makes sense. I didn’t remember that Legend opened with dungeon scenes. I thought everything was hunky corey at the beginning.

    This doesn’t really help but here is a post about the differences in two cuts of Legend:


    Thanks for that clip! I wish I could figure out how to embed it here. There’s definitely some folks getting chopped up and tortured near open flames in LEGEND.

    I hope that’s it!

    On Facebook Darren M. said:

    “Could be the lobotomy scene from Beastmaster, yeah?”

    And Jake J. correctly identified the 2 images from Something Wicked This Way Comes.

  • 6 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Oct 14, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    I think you guys are 100% correct. I got another email from Maddie and she says she was “fairly certain” it was LEGEND but just could not find the scene. The director’s cut or a longer TV version makes total sense.

    I guess I totally misread the NTT because I thought Maddie was certain it wasn’t LEGEND. Thanks to everybody for their help and thanks again Mickster for the clip!

  • 7 micksterNo Gravatar // Oct 14, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Hurray! Glad I could help!

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