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Trauma (1994)

Christopher Rydell , Asia Argento , Dario Argento  |  R |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Christopher Rydell, Asia Argento, Piper Laurie, Frederic Forrest, Laura Johnson
  • Directors: Dario Argento
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: August 23, 2005
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009RQRT2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #239,056 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Trauma" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Brand-New Interview with Director Dario Argento
  • Audio Commentary with Profondo Argento Author Alan Jones
  • Never-Before-Seen On-Set Behind-The-Scenes Footage
  • Exclusive Special Effects Home Movies from Tom Savini
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Poster and Still Gallery
  • Deleted Scenes

Editorial Reviews

An anorexic young woman escapes from a psychiatric clinic and meets a young man who wants to help. She is caught and returned to her parents, who are soon beheaded by a garrotting stranger making the rounds about town, apparently striking only when it rains. The orphaned young woman and her new lover launch their own investigation and are endangered when a link is discovered with the victims and a particular operation performed years before.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars !!! August 22, 2005
Why are there reviews for this release that date 3 friggin years ago?? This is a totally different release with the uncut footage, widescreen transfer, extras whatever. If you like Argento get this, you won't be disappointed it is good whether or not it's his best. Don't listen to people that haven't even watched this cut of the film.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Argento's best by any means, but not awful. February 7, 2006
Trauma (Dario Argento, 1993)

Dario Argento has been making stylish, intelligent thrillers for four decades now. As is to be expected with a director who has close to twenty films in the can, his output has been a little inconsistent over the years. Trauma is on the up side of things, but it's not one of his best efforts.

David Parsons (For the Boys' Christopher Rydell) is an ex-junkie working as an artist for the local TV station. On his way home from work one night, he sees Aura Petrescu (Asia Argento of xXx and b.Monkey) getting ready to jump off a bridge. He stops her and convinces her to go for coffee with him. This does not work well, and she is accosted after running away from him. She is taken back home to her parents, spiritualists Adriana (Carrie's Piper Laurie) and Stefan (L'Ange's Dominique Serrand) after begging her accosters not to take her back to the Faraday Clinic, from which she had escaped just before the suicide attempt. On her first night home, however, not only do her parents call the clinic's head, Dr. Judd (Frederic Forrest, of Hammett fame), but during a séance, a series of confusing events occurs that leads to Adriana and Stefan's death. With nowhere else to turn, Aura goes back to David, and the two of them try to figure out who the killer is before he gets to Aura.

While the cinematography is pure Argento, much of the rest of the atmospheric trappings that make Argento films so wonderful are missing; most notably, the music is nowhere near the quality Argento got when working with Goblin. But a thriller doesn't have to be an Argento film to be good. How's the rest of it? The acting is a mixed bag; Frederic Forrest, especially, is painfully bad, the polar opposite of the brilliant, engaging actor who made Hammett such a treat.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining December 30, 2005
While not his best work of course, I enjoyed this film. I am an Asia fan and she did a good job here. It's different than his previous work of course, but it really kept my interest and was entertaining. It's worth a watch.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Below Par Argento, But Still Worth a Watch February 9, 2007
Throughout the 1990's the output of Italian horror specialist Dario Argento began to increasingly look as though it was tailored for his daughter Asia. This tailoring also coincided with a general downturn in both quality and inspiration. The three films he made with Asia "Trauma", "The Stendahl Syndrome" and "Phantom of the Opera" are all quite notable for an unusually dour and drab visual quality. Argento regularly took liberty with his narratives, but even by Argento standards this trilogy of below par films are riddled with absurd contradictions and discontinuities. Of the three I prefer "Trauma", simply because like "Opera" before, it is based on a very good method of murder and is aided by some notable actors. Like most post 1980 horror films it is basically a series of set pieces connected by a gossamer thread of narrative, in this case a lot of nonsense involving dead children and vengeful mothers. Unlike other Argento efforts the culprit of much decapitating chaos is screamingly obvious, and the whole thing unravels into a rather a soppy love story. Asia Argento is given much material to work with; anorexia, a psychopathic mother and suicidal tendencies, she does little of note with this potentially intriguing material and neither does Dario. The usual bag of tricks are present (subjective camera angles - even from the P.O.V of a butterfly!! And well executed death scenes), but at this point in Argento's career one can't help thinking he'd lost the plot a bit.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as bad as they say... January 18, 2006
This Dario Argento movie is not as bad as people say it is. But it's definately not his best film. I think the main reason is the acting. Asia Argento and Piper Laurie are pretty bad in this film. Asia's english wasn't as good as it is now and she seems to mumble her lines which can get pretty annoying at times. Piper Laurie seems to try to capture her amazing performance as the "crazy" mother in the classic "Carrie" film, but she fails. She's just so over the top and it hurts the film. But I'm glad Anchor Bay finally released the Uncut version of this film. The VHS version had a lot of the gore created by the great Tom Savini edited out. I give 3 1/2 stars for the film and 4 for this DVD release. And by the way, "The Stendthal Syndrome" & "Sleepless" aren't bad movies. I think "Sleepless" was his best film since "Suspiria" but the horrible American Pan/Scan release of this film just butchers the film!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A young Asia Argento hunts down a serial killer. December 24, 2008
Like most Dario Argento films, TRAUMA revolves around a Giallo-style killer. In this particular film, the killer decapitates people and keeps their heads as trophies. In TRAUMA, the acting powerhouse Asia Argento (star of XXX, MOTHER OF TEARS and daughter of the film's director) stars as Aura, an attention-seeking teenager with an eating disorder. She meets a man named David, and shortly thereafter Aura's parents fall victim to the serial killer who the media calls the "Headhunter". The rest of the film revolves around Aura and David trying to find out the identity of the killer as well as the method to his (or her) mayhem.

I haven't seen all of director Dario Argento's films yet so it would be unfair to call this film his "sloppiest", but it still is a sloppy movie. Not only because it fails to capture the creepy atmosphere like his other films, but even as a standalone movie it's not very good. It's entertaining, but the overall product leaves much to be desired. You can see the Boom Operator's hand in one of the shots, the dialogue in the film is a bit ridiculous, and one of the green screen effects used in the film is horrible (it's the scene where a severed head is falling down an elevator shaft). Also the score doesn't really fit the movie and it sounds like music from HONEY, I SHRUNK THE KIDS or some ridiculous kids movie. However, on the flip side there are some good things about TRAUMA. From a filmmaking point of view it's a bad film, but from an entertainment perspective I actually enjoyed TRAUMA a lot.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A lot of people hate on the later Argentos
Odds are you already know if this one's for you or not. A lot of people hate on the later Argentos, but I found this to be another enjoyably campy gorefest filled with ridiculous... Read more
Published 1 hour ago by Michael J Schwartz
1.0 out of 5 stars PTSD
twin peaks was a tv had this actress from this film in it. both were UTTER GARBAGE.
true story.
Published 2 months ago by gcd
4.0 out of 5 stars The last of Argento's prime
"Trauma" is a much better film than any that Dario Argento has since released. His talents for colour and composition are fully in evidence in this early-90s giallo, which I would... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jed Tales
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm an Argento fan so.........
of course I'm going to give this one a 5 star rating. Many who have seen this movie wouldn't be so nice with a high rating, but it had some great actors and decent acting. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Linda Mangrum
5.0 out of 5 stars Mindless
The movie will leave you speechless and on the edge of your seat. Who, what, and where are the questions.
Published 20 months ago by crystalblue_teacher
5.0 out of 5 stars happyhappyhappy!
Christmass gift for older sister who has been searching for this on DVD for awhile now. She's a huge Asia Argento fan, so this has played very well amidst her collection.
Published 21 months ago by Bianca Jones
2.0 out of 5 stars Traumatized
What a disappointing movie!
My high hopes and excited anticipation were smashed
upon the jagged rocks of mediocrity. Read more
Published on June 20, 2011 by Veritas Veritatis
3.0 out of 5 stars For fans of Asia Argento or piano wire
Dario Argento movies are kinda stupid, but stupid in an interesting way. As with "Suspiria", the best way to approach "Trauma" is as a fairy tale, though here neverland is not a... Read more
Published on April 29, 2009 by William McNeill
4.0 out of 5 stars Argento's best post-1987 work...
I'm a huge Dario Argento fan, but like most of his fans, have been very disappointed by his post-1987 work, which ranges from mediocre to abysmal. Read more
Published on November 20, 2008 by Grigory's Girl
3.0 out of 5 stars Repetitious, Unrealistic Giallo From Dario Argento
Dario Argento directed "Trauma" as well as the masterpiece "Deep Red," one of the most superior Italian gialli ever made. Read more
Published on April 8, 2008 by J. B. Hoyos
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