Trauma (1993)

R  |   |  Horror, Mystery, Thriller  |  12 March 1993 (Italy)
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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 overview, first billed only:
Christopher Rydell ...
David Parsons
Adriana Petrescu
Dr. Judd
Grace Harrington
Dominique Serrand ...
Stefan Petrescu
Ira Belgrade ...
Hope Alexander-Willis ...
Linda Quirk
Hilda Volkman
Isabell O'Connor ...
Georgia Jackson (as Isabell Monk)
Cory Garvin ...
Gabriel Pickering
Terry Perkins ...
Mrs. Pickering
Tony Saffold ...
Ben Aldrich


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 <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

12 March 1993 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Aura's Enigma  »

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Box Office


$7,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


References Phenomena (1985) See more »


Ruby Rain
Sung by Laura Evan
Lyrics by Paolo Steffan
Music by Pino Donaggio
Arranged and Performed by Paolo Steffan
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Impossible to recommend, but I liked it
24 March 2005 | by (St. Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

I'm beginning to laugh at the distinctions people draw between "good" and "bad" Dario Argento films. They all seem to have some common technical elements: clever camera-work, grotesque but deliberately unrealistic violence, weird music, incomprehensible plots, "impressionistic" titles, and poor acting. None of them work perfectly, even for fans of this style. The variations between the movies, then, come from the genre accidentals – "Profondo Rosso" is a detective thriller, "Suspiria" an occult conspiracy tale, etc.; Argento seems to come along and apply his own unique vision of the giallo onto whatever horror style is fashionable at the time. It's his uniqueness, rather than his ability to produce great films, that has assured his place in the canon.

So, then, "Trauma" turns out to be exactly what we would expect from an early nineties Dario Argento film. Camera-work? Check – even in this late period, Argento's eye and technique are strange and impressive. Violence? Double check – although what the actual purpose of that Decapitron device is supposed to be, I can't imagine. Weird music? Check – orchestral rather than Goblin this time, but still louder and a little more engaged than we would expect. Odd plot, check, arbitrary title, check, bad acting, check – Asia Argento actually manages to make Aura a likable character, but you can't deny that she garbles her lines and seems mostly amateurish throughout. (And she's hardly alone in those respects.)

The slasher subgenre had died out a bit by this point, but no better reason for Argento to try to freshen it up a bit with his unique stamp. The story's quite watchable and fun, and occasionally funny too - more in the vein of "Phenomena" than the early stuff. It's frequently ridiculous, of course, but show me a movie of his that isn't. And while there's a sex element to the film, it has a surprisingly innocent quality, perhaps because Argento was directing his own daughter in the lead. (I'm sure Freud would have a field day with it, though.)

In the end, it's hard to strongly recommend it to anyone – diehards are as likely to hate it as love it, and casual viewers are going to find his style absurd. So I'll give it a 6.5, with the simple comment that I would watch it again.

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