I’m a regular visitor to the Kindertrauma site, and it’s been quite interesting (and oddly entertaining) to see everyone’s childhood traumas. Some traumafessions have actually exposed me to movies/TV shows that I was previously unaware of, but am now eager to track down (i.e., MAKING CONTACT a.k.a. JOEY and A GIRL NAMED SOONER.)
Anyway, some of my personal traumafessions have already appeared on the site via other people’s submissions, but there are a few that I haven’t noticed yet. One is the scene in BEASTMASTER where those wicked-looking “bat-men” appear, and that unfortunate escapee runs right into the open arms (or… “wings”, I guess) of a bat-man. Thus, the kindertrauma ensues… I remember seeing that scene as a five- or six-year-old and feeling completely horrified. The two details I remember most are the guy’s muffled screams and attempts to push out of the entrapment, and that one lovely shot where his liquidy remains drip down and run under the bat-man’s feet. The shot of the bat-man opening his wings and releasing a gigantic pile of bones was pretty morose as well… Yeah, that scene haunted me for a good long time. And, for some reason, my mind re-imagined the liquidy remains as some kind of light green, Pert shampoo type of thing. Don’t ask me why, because I have no frickin’ idea. I guess it’s just part of my crazy imagination.
Anyway, speaking of movie scenes that haunted my mind for ages… There was also the shudder-inducing “Medusa” claymation, which was part of the film CLASH OF THE TITANS. It was another film that I saw at a tender age, and the image of Medusa’s glowing eyes and slithering head of snakes imprinted itself on my mind. The way that she emerges from the darkness, and the image of her blood spilling onto the floor after she’s slain… Yeah, I still remember standing in my kiddy pool, in heavy downpour, having these images flash across my mind seemingly every 30 seconds. I also remember an image of my mother, when we were going to the grocery store or something. It was probably later the same day that I was (attempting to be) playing in the pool with my siblings. We were sitting in the family van, parked in the lot. She spit out a bright green hard candy, held it between her finger and thumb, and tossed it out the window. The static image of her holding the bright green lozenge on the edge of the open window, preparing to toss it out into heavy rain and grey pavement, inexplicably triggered the Medusa scene in my mind–not to mention, it bothered me that she was throwing out a good piece of candy! Even now, about 15 years later, when I remember the Medusa scene, I automatically think of this memory too. Again, don’t ask me why. It is the mysteries of the human mind, I suppose.
Okay. now that I have those traumafessions off my chest, I wanted to put forth a possible “Name That Trauma!” This one time, when I was in my preteen or early teenaged years, I was flipping through the channels, and caught this short moment in some film or T.V. show. I’m guessing, from what little I saw, that it was late ‘80s, early ‘90s.
The only thing I can really remember is that group #1 was brawling with group #2 (both were mostly young “rebel” guys) in some kind of abandoned warehouse setting, maybe. Well, it was indoors, that’s what I remember. Anyway, in the midst of all this mayhem, these two guys (possibly brothers? close friends?) were scooting along a wall. I think guy #1 had his back to the wall, and guy #2 had his belly to the wall. Well, unfortunately for guy #2, there happened to be someone with superhuman strength on the other side of the wall; whoever it was busted through, grabbed guy #2, and pulled him through the hole, snapping his body in half on the way (ouch!). Guy #1 watches in horror, and after guy #2 is yanked through the wall, he (guy #1) peeks through, and the next frame is a shot of guy #2, lying on the floor in two pieces, with entrails and a pool of blood between the two halves.
If anyone has any inkling of an idea what I’m referring to, I would be glad to hear suggestions! This short moment has stayed with me for about 10 years, and I honestly have no idea what movie/T.V. show it could possibly be. I’m 100% sure I didn’t imagine this scene, ’cause I clearly remember seeing it while flipping through the T.V. channels.
Anyway, that’s all for now. Keep up the great work!