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Traumafession:: Reader Walt on Burnt Offerings (1976)

December 22nd, 2016 by unkle lancifer · 6 Comments

Waaaay tooooo long, no talk.

Many moons ago you posted a few confessions from me (Reader Walt – way back in 2008). I’ve been away for a long time, but I haven’t forgotten you guys! Over this time I had a complete trauma happen that finally put a button on a nightmare from when I was a little kid. This was really a “Name That Trauma” for me for years until recently.

I remembered watching a movie when I was REALLY young where a man’s face crashes through a car’s windshield and scares a boy sitting in the car. I know I had nightmares for years because of this. This image was seared into my brain. It wasn’t until a few years ago when my wife wanted to re-watch “Burnt Offerings” with me (of course I married a horror movie fanatic). We get though most of the movie OK until the end when Oliver Reed jumps out the house window and “spoiler” crashes through the car’s windshield with his son in the car.

At this moment, I stood up, moaned and pointed at the screen, much like Donald Sutherland in “Invasion of the Body Snatchers.” ‘That’s it!” I yelled. “That’s the scene!”

My wife stared at me, unaware of the childhood trauma that was caused by this movie and how this almost cathartic moment has brought both closure and utter dread to me.

After explaining how this was an ever-running scene in my head and how I never quite knew if it was something I made up or an actual movie my parents let me watch when I was 7 years old, she was actually more upset that I hadn’t watched such an iconic movie like “Burnt Offerings” in the last 25 years than the impact it had had on me.

I was just glad I had solved this KinderTrauma mystery.

I’m back to reading your site regularly and want to atone for being away from my favorite Aunt and Uncle for so long. Assume that Our Father’s and Hail Mary’s aren’t going to be enough…

Tags: Traumafessions

6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Dec 22, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    Good to hear from you Walt! I remember your traumafession about THE GHOULIES and your (bad omen) deceased bird!!!! BURNT OFFERINGS did a number on me too and I think there were a few years (in the 80s) that it was an untitled “name that trauma” in my head as well!! For me it was the movie where the chimney fell on the kid! That scene always freaked me out cuz I was around that kid’s age when I saw it. BURNT OFFERINGS is still scary! It may even be evil. Why is is so damn fuzzy and soft and pale? It’s the weirdest looking movie ever. I also think it was a big inspiration for THE SHINING. I don’t think THE SHINING would exist without BURNT OFFERINGS. Don’t even get me started on the chauffeur.

  • 2 TombNo Gravatar // Dec 22, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    That was an intense scene ..

    Hey !!! What other Cult 70’s horror movie was that mansion in???

  • 3 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Dec 22, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    That cursed joint is in PHANTASM too!

    It’s almost as scary as the HELL NIGHT / Fleetwood Mac pad!



  • 4 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Dec 22, 2016 at 7:20 pm

  • 5 Brother BillNo Gravatar // Dec 23, 2016 at 9:00 am

    The house where the movie was filmed is the historic Dunsmuir Mansion in Oakland, CA, which is open to the public and offers tours! Stepping into that house some day is on my bucket list.

  • 6 BuddoNo Gravatar // Dec 23, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    The old woman at the end still freaks me out. But I have to agree about BURNT OFFERINGS inspiring THE SHINING. Most of Stephen King’s stuff wasn’t original at all. It was mostly retreaded material he acquired from other sources: E.C. Comics, Twilight Zone episodes, other novels like DRACULA. Even CUJO is just a twist on OLD YELLER if you think about it. In an extension of this argument, I’d say EVENT HORIZON is a futuristic twist on THE SHINING with the climax of Disney’s THE BLACK HOLE thrown in for good measure!

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