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Name That Trauma :: Reader Stevil 1981 on a Toilet Paper Terror

July 30th, 2011 by aunt john · 5 Comments

Hi folks.

As with many “Name That Traumas,” I don’t remember a whole lot of the film that traumatized me but here it goes.

I would have seen this on U.K TV around 1987/88, and it definitely had a grainy, ‘70s look to it.

The scene that ran me out of the room was of a boy of around 13 going into a service station restroom. He enters the stall and a filthy hand reaches under the wall accompanied by a rough sounding voice (think, TOM WAITS at his gruffest) asking for some toilet paper. The boy is understandably reluctant but after a couple of requests he goes to hand some toilet paper to the filthy hand and is immediately grabbed and pulled under the wall.

I have been trying to figure out what this could’ve been for so long now and countless Internet searches have yielded nothing.

Hope somebody out there has some idea.

I would appreciate any suggestions as my memory is quite hazy and things may not have played out exactly like the scene described.


Stevil 1981

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 EshbaalNo Gravatar // Jul 30, 2011 at 10:53 am

    Okay, I have NO idea what this is, but I have to say that second screenshot is kind of funny considering I JUST watched Class of 1984 for the first time yesterday, and it totally reminds me of Stegmann beating himself up halfway through the film.

  • 2 stevil1981No Gravatar // Jul 30, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Eshbaal, that’s exactly the same thing I thought!
    haven’t seen Class Of 1984 in years but I remember really liking it, Stegmann beating himself up was a great moment

  • 3 EshbaalNo Gravatar // Jul 30, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    I consider the scene with Corrigan “teaching” his Biology class with a gun in his hand to be one of the most intense things I’ve ever seen.

    Seriously. I had heard Class of 1984 was a tough watch, but damn me if I was prepared at all.

  • 4 arthur teagardenNo Gravatar // Jul 30, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    I suggested Class of 1984’s Alice Cooper theme song I Am The Future for our class song (We’re so wasted we’re barely alive, We are the class of 85!) but no one agreed, & my motto went over like a lead balloon.
    Great film though, heavy but well made for such a low budget.

  • 5 morganenNo Gravatar // Mar 4, 2012 at 2:50 am

    Hmm, this sounds a whole lot like a scene from The Game. Michael Douglas is in a public restroom and a random guy in the stall next to him is reaching his hand under the stall asking urgently for some toilet paper.

    I know it isn’t the scene you’re referring to since The Game came out in the 90s. I personally thought that scene was creepy though and remember it quite vividly because it seemed so odd and out of place.

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