The setting: A gathering at my aunt’s house, circa 1979 (I’d be about 10). As I walk through an empty living room, I come across THE LEGACY playing on the TV (HBO, I guess). It’s a rather weak horror film about 6 people drawn to an old British mansion where they are killed off one by one by nasty deaths: a swimmer drowns when the pool won’t “let” her resurface, a man’s shotgun backfires in his face, etc.
But the death I stumbled onto that fateful evening was a Trauma-Scene in three parts: First, the older man of the group in the mansion dies when the fireplace near him blows a gust of flame that consumes his body. Then, we see one of the mansion’s workers dump a bag of the man’s steaming, charred remains on the grounds outside. And then, after SAM ELLIOT (I think) escapes a pack of rottweilers chasing him on the mansion grounds, the dogs double back and EAT THE REMAINS OF THE MAN in sloppy, gnawing, big-dog chomps.
Thanks for letting me get that out.
UNK SEZ: Eric Thanks for that traumafession. You are correct that was SAM ELLIOT running away from those dastardly pooches! I myself will always remember the T.V. ad for THE LEGACY which showed a creepy old hand coming out from behind a curtain in a sick room and forcing a ring on KATHERINE ROSS‘ finger! You’re right though, the movie as a whole is a bit dry and lackluster. No matter, as long as it has at least one trauma-scene that’s good enough for us and you found several! By the by folks, Eric’s blog FilmFather is a great resource for dad’s looking to make sure their own kids don’t get too traumatized by what they watch (Hey wait a minute, should we really support that?!!). Check out FilmFather HERE.