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Trauma -- 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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Director:
Writers:
Franco Ferrini (story) and
Gianni Romoli (story) ...
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Release Date:
12 March 1993 (Italy) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Some Nightmares Haunt You. Some... Can Kill You. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Doesn't always "feels" like an Argento film, but it's certainly not bad! See more (64 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Christopher Rydell ... David Parsons

Asia Argento ... Aura Petrescu

Piper Laurie ... Adriana Petrescu

Frederic Forrest ... Dr. Judd

Laura Johnson ... Grace Harrington
Dominique Serrand ... Stefan Petrescu

James Russo ... Capt. Travis
Ira Belgrade ... Arnie

Brad Dourif ... Dr. Lloyd
Hope Alexander-Willis ... Linda Quirk

Sharon Barr ... Hilda Volkman
Isabell O'Connor ... Georgia Jackson (as Isabell Monk)
Cory Garvin ... Gabriel Pickering
Terry Perkins ... Mrs. Pickering
Tony Saffold ... Ben Aldrich
Peter Moore ... Mark Leneer

Lester Purry ... Sgt. Carver
David Chase ... Sid Marigold

Jacqueline Kim ... Alice (as Jacqui Kim)
Rita Vassallo ... Rita
Stephen D'Ambrose ... Pale man
Bonita Parsons ... Prime woman
Gregory Beech ... Deal man
Kevin Dutcher ... John Miller
Kathy Quirk ... Gare Grayson
E.A. Violet Boor ... Mrs. Potter
Les Exodus ... Reggae Band
Onesmo Kibira ... Reggae Band
Innocent Mafalingundi ... Reggae Band (as Innocent Mifalingundi)
Charles Petrus ... Reggae Band
Lance Pollonais ... Reggae Band
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fiore Argento ... Farraday Clinic Receptionist (uncredited)
Joel Edwards ... Police Detective (uncredited)
Ric McCloud ... Police Detective (uncredited)
Lori J. Ness ... Women on the Street (uncredited)

Directed by
Dario Argento 
 
Writing credits
Franco Ferrini (story) and
Gianni Romoli (story) (as Giovanni Romoli) and
Dario Argento (story)

Dario Argento (written by) and
T.E.D. Klein (written by)

Ruth Jessup (additional dialogue)

Produced by
Dario Argento .... producer
Chris Beckman .... line producer
T. David Pash .... executive producer
Andrea Tinnirello .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Pino Donaggio 
 
Cinematography by
Raffaele Mertes 
 
Film Editing by
Bennett Goldberg 
Dario Argento (uncredited in English language prints)
 
Casting by
Ira Belgrade 
Louis DiGiaimo 
 
Production Design by
Billy Jett 
 
Art Direction by
Nance Derby 
 
Set Decoration by
Jacqueline Jacobson Scarfo  (as Jacqueline Jacobson)
 
Costume Design by
Leesa Evans 
 
Makeup Department
Greg Funk .... special makeup effects
Lori Guidroz .... hair stylist: Ms. Laurie
Desne J. Holland .... key hair stylist (as Desne Holland)
Desne J. Holland .... key makeup artist (as Desne Holland)
Will Huff .... special makeup effects
Tracey Levy .... assistant key hair stylist (as Tracey Lea Roden)
Tracey Levy .... assistant key makeup artist (as Tracey Lea Roden)
Christopher P. Martin .... special makeup effects (as Christopher Martin)
Cheryl Ann Nick .... assistant key hair stylist (as Cheryl Nick)
Cheryl Ann Nick .... assistant key makeup artist (as Cheryl Nick)
Tom Savini .... makeup artist
Tom Savini .... special makeup effects
 
Production Management
Steve Barnett .... post-production supervisor
Andrew Sands .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Daniel Carrey .... second second assistant director
Philip Elins .... second assistant director
Rod Smith .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Joel Benton .... property master
Bob Hedstrom .... construction coordinator
Michael Morgenthal .... assistant art director
Cory Shubert .... on-set dresser (as Cory Schubert)
 
Sound Department
Jack Bornoff .... boom operator
Timothy A. Carpenter .... sound effects editor
Paul Coogan .... sound recordist
 
Special Effects by
Paul Murphy .... physical effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Jack Gill .... stunt coordinator: car crash
Ky Michaelson .... stunt coordinator
Ky Michaelson .... stunts
Donna Quinn .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Austen .... 24 frame video operator: Intervideo
Chris Barry .... grip
Richard Cantu .... first assistant camera
Nick Cupkovic .... best boy electric
Scott Fischel .... generator operator
Kirk R. Gardner .... Steadicam operator (as Kirk Gardner)
Kirk R. Gardner .... camera operator (as Kirk Gardner)
Judah Hannah .... video assistant support services
D.J. Harder .... second assistant camera
Kevin Kennedy .... key grip
Dennis Lynch .... second assistant camera
Bruce Macaulay .... still photographer
Edgar Martin .... best boy grip
Michael Marzovilla .... gaffer
Michael 'Flash' McDonald .... electrician
Thomas O'Connor .... grip
Carlo Ontal .... still photographer
Mike Rivard .... videographer
Chris Skutch .... dolly grip (as Christopher Skutch)
Chris Skutch .... key grip (as Christopher Skutch)
Jerome Thelia .... videographer
Chris Van Zant .... electrician
Niel Williams .... grip (as Neil Williams)
 
Casting Department
Barbara Shelton .... local casting
Andi Wulff .... extras casting (as Andrea Wulff)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Allyson B. Fanger .... wardrobe supervisor (as Allyson Brown)
Susan Strubel .... wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
James Schermerhorn .... assistant editor
Jim Schimmerhorn .... assistant film editor
 
Music Department
Pino Donaggio .... orchestrator
Victor Giukovl .... conductor
Natale Massara .... orchestrator
 
Transportation Department
Jon Bergholz .... transportation consultant
Paul Giorgi .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Jon Bergholz .... location manager
Dea Cantu .... script supervisor (as Dea Hickox)
David Diamond .... set production assistant
Paul Draper .... dialogue coach
Holly Edwards .... assistant production coordinator
Martin Allan Kloner .... set production assistant (as Martin Kloner)
Beth Ann Lundin .... assistant location manager (as Beth Lundin)
Michael Lupu .... language coach: Romanian
David Ray Martin .... assistant production coordinator
Jessica Molitor .... physical effects assistant
Barbara Pastrovich .... set production assistant
Nikki Porter .... unit publicist
Abigail Sheiner .... production coordinator
Paolo Steffan .... synthesizer programmer
Cid Swank .... unit publicist
Luciano Tartaglia .... production accountant
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Dario Argento's Trauma" - USA (complete title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for violence and terror, and for some sexuality and language
Runtime:
106 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:MA | Canada:R (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Québec) | Chile:14 | Finland:K-18 | Germany:18 (cut) | Hong Kong:III | Italy:T | UK:18 | USA:R | USA:NC-17 (original rating) | USA:Unrated (unrated DVD version)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
This was Dario Argento's first American production.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Seance on a Wet Afternoon (1964)See more »
Soundtrack:
Ruby RainSee more »

FAQ

What are the differences between the old BBFC 18 Version and the Uncensored Version?
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9 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Doesn't always "feels" like an Argento film, but it's certainly not bad!, 12 September 2004
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

Italian's top-class horror director Dario Argento obviously impressed some people with his previous films ('Opera' in particular) as he was offered the opportunity to film a fully American backed production. Trauma is a gruesome and sadistic thriller from the giallo-master, completely set in Minnesota and depending on a respectable US cast. There's a serial decapitator at large and the young, anorexic Aura (director's daughter Asia Argento) seemly is his/her main-target. The good-hearted journalist David (Christopher Rydell) takes the girl under his wings after the killer got both of her parents and, as their relationship becomes more intimate, the routine of sadistic killings slowly emerges. A bone-chilling mystery from the past slowly unravels and it involves multiple (ex-)doctors from a psychiatric clinic.

The plots in gialli rarely are credible so you can count on the fact that this 'Trauma' contains several far-fetched nonsense aspects as well. Especially the U-turn twist near the end is pretty hard to digest. My advise: don't pay too much attention to this and drown in Argento's brilliant as always camera movements and the stunning portrayal of the violence. Trauma may not be as bloody as 'Tenebrae' or the more recent 'Sleepless' but some of the butchering done here still is perfectly nauseating. What else do you expect with a killer whose modus operandi includes beheading people? Unfortunately, Argento still lacks the skills to direct his actors. You can't even blame the dubbing this time, but the performances are far below average. Asia Argento is forgiven, since it was her first leading role. But I expected a little better from routine B-stars like Frederic Forrest, Piper Laurie and James Russo. Brad Dourif is a joy to observe, but his appearance is far too brief to save the dull acting. To me, Trauma turned out to be a pleasant Sunday afternoon time-waster. Not nearly Argento's most memorable film (he hasn't made any memorable film in the 90's) but maybe the ideal film for inexperienced horror fans to get into contact with Argento's work. All the trademarks that made him legendary in the field are present, but none of them is properly elaborated like it should be.

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