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Name That Trauma :: Reader Matthew M. on a Homocidal Doll

March 16th, 2009 by aunt john · 2 Comments

I wanted to let you know that I really enjoy your site! It brings back memories to many classic films that I had completely forgotten about. I have a “Name That Trauma!” inquiry that I was hoping you all could help me with. Here goes: It is definitely a short, not a full length film. It Involves a woman in her apartment alone and a doll (I think maybe it was a ventriloquist dummy, but may be wrong) coming to life and attacking her. I also think the film contained no dialogue, but again i could be wrong. Very creepy stuff. Hope you can help and keep up the great work!

AUNT JOHN SEZ: Upon receiving this one, my mind instantly went to the KAREN BLACK classic TRILOGY OF TERROR. There is not too much dialogue, as it is just BLACK versus the killer doll; it is a vignette, so it is pretty short, and most people usually just remember this part of the movie. I asked Matthew if this was the case, and he responded:

All of this sound good except that the imagery that really stuck with me was the doll… sort of how calm and polite he looked. Not tribal or scary at all. Any chance we could run this by your readers?

There you have it kids… we are looking for a non-Zuni, well-composed killer doll. The calm nature also rules out CHUCKY from CHILD’S PLAY, and the old school BLACK DEVIL DOLL FROM HELL. If anyone knows the answer, be a doll and sound off in the comments or send us an email.

UPDATE: Name That Trauma! SOLVED. Let’s all raise our juice boxes to reader incognitovixen for cracking the case!

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11 years ago

Hey there.  I’m fairly certain that this wasn’t in the Trilogy of Terror.  The one I remember was a short film that aired between some other scary movies on either USA or TNT.  Anyway, this one did involve a woman being terrorized by a ventriloquist dummy.  At one point, she locks herself in the bathroom and then decides to peer under the door only to find the dummy staring back at her.  This horrified me to no end and I didn’t watch it past that part.

11 years ago

Hello again.  So I found the short on YouTube.  It was on USA on something called Night Flight’s Saturday Nightmares.  The peeping-under-the-door part is still utterly creepy.  Enjoy!