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A young man tries to help a teenage European girl whom escaped from a clinic hospital after witnessing the murder of her parents by a serial killer and they try to find the killer before the killer finds them.

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Christopher Rydell ...
David Parsons
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Adriana Petrescu
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Dr. Judd
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Grace Harrington
Dominique Serrand ...
Stefan Petrescu
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Ira Belgrade ...
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Hope Alexander-Willis ...
Linda Quirk
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Hilda Volkman
Isabell O'Connor ...
Georgia Jackson (as Isabell Monk)
Cory Garvin ...
Gabriel Pickering
Terry Perkins ...
Mrs. Pickering
Tony Saffold ...
Ben Aldrich
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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. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Rated R for violence and terror, and for some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)
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The character played by Asia Argento is inspired by her half-sister Anna (Nicolodi's daughter from a previous marriage) who actually suffered from anorexia. Anna died in a scooter accident in 1994 shortly after the film's release, but she is seen in the actual movie during the closing credits dancing in the balcony. See more »

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The Loss
Music by Andrea Bandel and Pino Donaggio
Arranged by Andrea Bandel
Score Conducted by Gianfranco Plenizio
Arranged and Orchestrated by Pino Donaggio and Natale Massara
Keyboards Programming and Performance by Paolo Steffan
All music published by Bixio C.E.M.S.A.
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Giallo American style
2 July 2005 | by (Iceland) – See all my reviews

Dario Argento's Trauma is his only American film in full length.

The film is filled with elements from his previous Italian produced films. The Hitchcockian element from Argento's Animal trilogy is present here (the Hitchcock element even furthered by Pino Donaggio's music score, a frequent Brian De Palma collabarator), as is the Freudian undertone of repressed guilt and past sins from Deep Red and Tenebrae. This is Argento basically delivering his usual giallo in a more American style. And he's hugely successful at it, too.

Trauma has a lot of great set pieces, some great scenes of extreme violence and gore to spare,a cleverly plotted and written story, decent performances from Rydell and Asia and genuine old fashioned suspense. And a devilishly clever ending. Trauma has it all in abundance.

It goes a bit over the top concerning those severed heads and some make-up effects could have been better, I thought. But these are minor quibbles in an otherwise excellent suspense yarn from a master director. Trauma may well be his most underrated film.

I have to say, also, that I find it immensely enjoyable that Argento used live sound here instead of his usual dubbing.


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