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Head Trauma (2006)

Not Rated | | Horror, Mystery, Thriller | 24 June 2006 (USA)
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After a 20 year absence, drifter, George Walker, returns home to settle his grandmother's estate. As if awakening from a long dream, he finds his childhood home condemned and littered with ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vince Mola ...
George Walker
Jamil A.C. Mangan ...
Julian Thompson
Mary Monahan ...
Mary Sherman
Meryl Lynn Brown ...
Roberta Thompson
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Susie
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Chester Jackson
Louis A. Bisignani ...
Ben Dobbs
Steve Garvey ...
Bartender Steve
Cris Hazzard ...
Biker
Josh Cramer ...
City Official On Phone (voice)
Robert Weiler ...
Bar Patron / Motel Party
Brett Nielsen ...
Bar Patron
Margo Mulholland ...
Girl On Street
John Stefanic ...
Hooded Figure
Mark Rublee ...
Hooded Figure
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After a 20 year absence, drifter, George Walker, returns home to settle his grandmother's estate. As if awakening from a long dream, he finds his childhood home condemned and littered with the remnants of squatters. In the midst of trying to save his past, George falls and strikes his head, triggering an onslaught of vivid nightmares and waking visions. As the horror intrudes on George's reality, his conviction grows that someone or something is trying to kill him. Written by Anonymous

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$126,000 (estimated)
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Danny Bissette and his father Steven Bissette of Swamp Thing fame inked the comic that's used in the movie. See more »

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Imaginative, Spectral Thriller
31 December 2012 | by (Brooklyn) – See all my reviews

George is a troubled homeless man, returning home after 20 years. And to an empty house trashed by squatters and host to terrifying visions of violence. On a seemingly Sisyphean quest to clean up the house and earn it a reprieve from municipal demolition, George is more effective at uncluttering an old mystery.

Head Trauma is a great indie with plenty of moodiness. The alcoholic loner, George Walker could have been rendered with repellent creepiness; yet Vince Mola is superb at playing him as a sympathetic victim of horrific circumstance. The rest of the performances range with varying success.

Unfortunately - as is true of so many low-budget movies - sound design replaces any music, and it's mixed to push the visual scares. At the same time, one strains to hear the dialogue, which could have been recorded through a box of Kleenex.

The bleak cinematography is well-shot, though the visions are over-tweaked with After Effects. But no matter how much effort was put into the visual editing, we are still missing considerable back-story. And that's a serious omission given the ending.

All in all, it's worth a watch.


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