Trauma

1993, Horror/Mystery & thriller, 1h 45m

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Two mixed-up young lovers (Christopher Rydell, Asia Argento) try to hunt down a decapitator called Head Hunter by the media.

Cast & Crew

Asia Argento
Aura Petrescu
Piper Laurie
Adriana Petrescu
Laura Johnson
Grace Harrington
James Russo
Capt. Travis
Peter Moore
Mark Leneer
Dario Argento
Screenwriter
T. David Pash
Executive Producer
Andrea Tinnirello
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Raffaele Mertes
Cinematographer
Andrea Bandel
Original Music
Billy Jett
Production Design
Nance Derby
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Leesa Evans
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Critic Reviews for Trauma

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Audience Reviews for Trauma

  • Nov 13, 2014
    A little bit too long and slow paced than my liking. Trauma contains a lot of influence from the American culture but didn't have a good execution. I cringed during the elevator decapitation scene, Dario should have never attempted with CGI. Otherwise Asia Argento's performance was superb in this film.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jul 24, 2011
    7.2/10 It's been some time since I last watched a Dario Argento film; as if I've been in rehabilitation for doing such a thing. But as some horror fans say; a Dario Argento film a day keeps the crappy remakes and failed attempts at the genre away, so I think I'll start watching more of this rather brilliant man's films soon enough. I've seen quite a few of them; mostly his old stuff. But today, I decided to watch one of his newer releases; "Trauma". So how does the film hold up against the director's best, like for example: "Suspiria" or "Deep Red"? It holds up nicely enough, and that's all I can really say. As far as Dario Argento films go, this one is pretty solid. In fact, it's not bad at all, which is surprising; given how the guy has gotten worse, progressively, ever since he continued to make films in the modern age. "Trauma" proves that he's still got some steam left to blow; and some madness to still let loose. This is good, because I rather enjoy Argento's macabre visions and his treatment to violence as a style. His films are never sickeningly gory, but rather stylish and even artistic. "Trauma" is no masterpiece, but I liked it. The story is often times absurd, but that actually tends to work to its advantage. It is self-aware of its absurdity, which is always nice. It's the tale of a kindly young man (Christopher Rydell) who discovers an anorexic young lady (Asia Argento) attempting suicide by jumping one day, off of a local bridge. He saves her and takes her in as a friend; and makes it his job to care for her. But that's not the story; that's not where the meat is at. Romance is merely a side-story, as from the opening sequence, we learn that there's a genuine "Head-Hunter" on the loose; decapitating seemingly everyone who he can corner. But we soon learn that, as with all films of this sort, there is something far more sinister in his murder pattern. The story is predictable, the romantic approach isn't anything new, and the whole thing either makes sense or it doesn't; and I think it does. It might be too simplistic of a movie for some people's taste, but to me, it's a fun time at the movies. Fans of Argento should be pleased to see his stylistic choices for the film; one of them being the first-person shots of the killer staring his victims in the face, like all good movie stalkers should. I love scenes like this; they are hypnotic, and the scenes present here are no exception. The gore scenes/kill scenes are also entertainingly impressive, although not quite as good as the ones in "Suspiria" and "Tenebre". Dario Argento doesn't do anything daring here, but what I seem to like most about the guy is the fact that I always want more of the same psychotic, mad brilliance from the man. So, what's the downside to the film? No awesome, screeching score from Goblin or Claudio Simonetti. That's pretty much the only true down-side. Nothing in the film feels half-assed. There's a lot of admirable attention to detail, the film is thoroughly entertaining/engaging, and I couldn't help but enjoy the campy feeling of it all. Some of the performances are intentionally over-the-top in their campiness, which is good, because a horror film is either gleefully ridiculous or absurd, or it just sucks. This is how it goes for most of them at least. Since it's not great, I'm not sure if it's a must-see for all movie-goers, but it's definitely one to see for the horror fanatics. "Trauma" is a solid chiller with scares, gore, and enough inventive ambition to keep me with a twisted smile on my face.
    Ryan M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 06, 2011
    Yes this is somewhat of an 'Americanized' Argento but it certainly didn't pilfer any style or competence from his directing. A common complaint is lovely and sexy Asia Argento's acting but I found it tolerable but the weakest part of the film. Guessing the killer is absolutely impossible, the way Argento brilliantly set it up is ingenious and surprising. Savini's gore effects are great, especially a decapitation via falling elevator; however, the gore isn't a major aspect of the film and there's no need for it to be, Argento's other classic giallo 'The Bird With the Crystal Plumage' had no gore and worked and 'Trauma' works, too, and is the most underrated movie in Dario's filmography.
    Jonny B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 22, 2010
    The obvious American influence of Dario Argento's Trauma is apparent right from the start. A killer dubbed the headhunter decapitates women with garotte wire. Not one of Dario Argento's accomplishments, however it is really good, but Trauma is not a legendary film like previous Argento works such as Suspiria and Deep Red. The film is tense and horrifying, and is quite entertaining. However, the golden age of Dario Argento is over, but this film has all the signature Argento trademarks are there, but theres something missing to truly make it an Argento masterpiece. I guess thats what happens when the American get involved. Hollywood has to cheapen up something thats already very good. The film is still very good with plenty of Argento violence, but this film doesn't belong on the shelf beside his greatest achievements. Trauma for what it's worth is still a worthy horror film to watch as the film high point is Tim Savini's awesome special effects.
    Alex r Super Reviewer

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