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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 »
User Reviews:
Impossible to recommend, but I liked it 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 Schubert .... on-set dresser
 
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 | 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:
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 »
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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29 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Impossible to recommend, but I liked it, 24 March 2005
Author: kintopf432 (kintopf432@hotmail.com) from St. Paul, MN

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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