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Name That Trauma :: Reader Sim on Crawling Clothes

August 22nd, 2010 by aunt john · 3 Comments

Name that trauma!

Hi you wonderful and weird people, you… O.K., so this is all I can remember, and typing it is making my heart race and worry about sleeping later, I’m 38 for God’s sake! Trouble is I don’t recall how old I was, but probably around 11, 12, back in ’84-ish. And, I didn’t see the entire film; it was actually a clip of a film being shown on a quiz show…

So, there’s this kid ill in bed, it’s a dimly lit room I think, and he’s lying on his back clearly out of it covered in sweat; his mother touches his forehead then leaves the room, closing the door behind her. An item of clothing, can’t remember what, falls off a hook on the door onto the floor. After a few seconds of the camera still on the clothing, it suddenly but slowly starts to move across the floor to the bed…

And that’s it, forty seconds of film and a lifelong fear of clothes on the floor.

I’m hoping naming the source of my fear will help cure me of it, but I don’t think it’s that simple. But I can’t afford a therapist, so let’s give it a go.

Thanks!!

Sim

Name that trauma!

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Tim Tylor
Tim Tylor
10 years ago

I saw a clip very like that years ago on TV. I think it was a entry in a short film competition, the title was “Fever Dream” and the guilty garment was probably a bathrobe though it might have been a pullover. I remember it dragging itself along with its “arms”. It was probably twenty years ago at least, and I can’t swear to any of those details.

NorwichTeenwolf
NorwichTeenwolf
10 years ago

You’re both right in saying this was a clip from a quiz show, with Screen Test the show in question. ‘Fever Dream’ was shown as part of the Young Film-Maker of the Year competition. I clearly recall the presenter telling the audience “that’s all we can show you of that film.”  

Tim Tylor
Tim Tylor
10 years ago

“Screen Test”! Of course! I’d forgotten that show entirely. I never did get to see the rest of that film.