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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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Storyline

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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a dark secret, a twisted mind, an insane desire for revenge. See more »


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

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12 March 1993 (Italy)  »

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Aura's Enigma  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)
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An opening sequence was supposed to feature Tom Savini being accidentally decapitated while the event is witnessed by the killer therefore triggering his/her dormant trauma. See more »

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References Opera (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Not one of Argento's best
2 April 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

"Trauma" is definitely not the best film he's ever done, and by no far the worst either, but it's just not up there with (Deep Red, Suspiria, Tenebre and A Bird With A Crystal Plummage).

The set up is good and the acting is top-notch especially Asia Argento, she's a talented actress. The movie starts off good and the storyline is interesting and has a good twist at the end, it's just the middle I found a bit muddling. TRAUMA is occasionally a pleasingly twisted film, but whilst watching it I couldn't shake the feeling that it could have been all the more gloriously twisted if it were not for one thing- that it was trying to please its (perceived) American audience. As I've said (several times!) there is no way you can disguise Argento's intrinsic strangeness, but here it seems, well, kind of muted. Explaining why it fails somewhat, the film (and hence Argento) seems uncomfortable in its setting; especially in its attempts to transport some of giallo elements to a foreign setting.

All in all "Trauma" isn't a bad film, just mediore at times.


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