Name That Trauma:: Vlad from Ghoul A Go-Go on a Fearsome Phone Call


Vlad here, from Ghoul A Go-Go,

When I was around 7, I caught this movie, probably on channel 9(NY). 40 years later I’m still asking people for help in identifying it.The scene that stuck with me (and has even made its way into my dreams) is of a woman answering the telephone. The phone is on a small table, possibly in a hallway. A look of fear comes across the woman’s face as we hear a creepy whispering voice from the telephone repeat a few words: house, doll, ball, lamb…. Then we see what’s disturbing the lady. On the boarder of the table are decals of what the voice is naming: a house, a doll, etc… Those may not be the exact words/pictures but that’s the idea. The only other clue I have is that I would say it had the look and colors of a British production, late 60s early 70s. Probably not Hammer though.

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Caffeinated Joe
5 years ago

No clue, but I am intrigued to find out the answer!

Amanda By Night
5 years ago

I’m 99% sure it’s an early 1970s US TV movie called Sweet, Sweet Rachel. I’ll send Unk a still I took from it, but the movie is easy enough to find online. Anyway, I *think* this may be it?

5 years ago

I think Amanda By Night has it. I’m about 99.5% certain, she has nailed it!

Sweet, Sweet Rachel 1971

Looked up your frightening phone call and came up with this.

The line is: eye, knife, raven, doll, coffin

(Doll and Ball sound alike.)

Sweet, Sweet Rachel (1971)

72 min.
Directed by Sutton Roley.
With Stefanie Powers, Alex Dreier, Pat Hingle, Louise Latham, Steve Ihnat, Brenda Scott, Chris Robinson, Richard Bull.
After the mysterious death of her husband Paul, a distraught Rachel Stanton (Powers) investigates possible ties to psychic foulplay.
But when her shifty Aunt Lillian (Latham) comes to console her, Rachel soon discovers some sort of powerful telepathic treachery is afoot…an uncontrollable force that could mean her own demise.

Does Rachel unknowingly possess a dangerous ability to kill? Or is there someone out there intent on driving her mad?

Psychic researcher Dr. Lucas Darrow (Dreier) hopes to save Rachel – even if it’s from herself.

This classy TV horror is well acted (especially from Powers in a controlled performance) and features some nice touches like the creepy phone calls to Rachel (‘eye, knife, raven, doll, coffin’) and the talking bust of her hubby (‘You killed me, Rachel’).

The ending is a tad overcomplicated but surprisingly enough resolves all the questions.