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Name That Trauma :: Reader Rachael on a Backwards Beheading

May 22nd, 2010 by aunt john · 5 Comments

Hi guys,

I absolutely love your site, and it brought to mind a childhood trauma I’d finally managed to forget (thanks!) I must have been around 5 years old at the time, so this happened somewhere around 1994, but I get the feeling the movie was maybe a good deal older than that. I also don’t think we had a VCR at the time, meaning this was a T.V. broadcast.

So, on to the trauma! My parents were watching a film, and all I remember about it is this particular scene that scared the living hell out of me at the time and for many years later. I have a pretty spotty memory but even now I can vividly recall the scene – this woman is strapped into a guillotine, but she’s put into it the wrong way around – she’s laying on her back instead of her stomach so she can see the blade about to descend.

There’s this terrible tension as she’s looking up at the blade, then suddenly it drops and decapitates her. I can’t remember a single other thing about the movie, though I get the idea that it was definitely a modern setting despite the guillotine, and it may have had some weird religious theme.

My parents have denied ever watching such a thing when I’ve asked them recently, and no one else ever seems to know what I’m talking about.

Help me kindertrauma, you’re my only hope!


UPDATE: NAME THAT TRAUMA SOLVED! Tip of the hat to kinderpal Taylor who knew that the beheading in question came from A THIEF IN THE NIGHT.

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 TaylorNo Gravatar // May 22, 2010 at 11:30 am

    I can’t remember where I’d seen this before — very recently, on youtube — but with some googling I found the title, and the clip: 

  • 2 TaylorNo Gravatar // May 22, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Sorry, make that: I can’t remember WHY I’d seen this before.  Obviously the “where” was on youtube.

  • 3 travoltageNo Gravatar // May 22, 2010 at 11:37 am

    If I’m not mistaken, the movie you refer to is Image of the Beast, from the “Thief in the Night” series of Bible tribulation movies.

  • 4 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // May 22, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Of course! Boy am I slipping. We had a traumafession on this one before…

  • 5 minjofuNo Gravatar // May 22, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    Being a kid who was petrified of the imagery and incidents prophisied in Revelations, this series scared the crap outta me as a kid – so much so that I refused to let my mom watch it when our neighbor borrowed her a copy of A Thief In The Night.. The first one I think.. anyway, now that I’m older the only thing that really scared me about that clip was that crazy moustache..  Was that EVER fashionable??

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