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Trauma (1993)

A young man tries to help a teenage European girl who 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.

Director:

Dario Argento

Writers:

Franco Ferrini (story), Gianni Romoli (story) (as Giovanni Romoli) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Rydell ... David Parsons
Asia Argento ... Aura Petrescu
Piper Laurie ... Adriana Petrescu
Frederic Forrest ... Dr. Judd
Laura Johnson ... Grace Harrington
Dominique Serrand Dominique Serrand ... Stefan Petrescu
James Russo ... Capt. Travis
Ira Belgrade Ira Belgrade ... Arnie
Brad Dourif ... Dr. Lloyd
Hope Alexander-Willis ... Linda Quirk
Sharon Barr ... Hilda Volkman
Isabell O'Connor Isabell O'Connor ... Georgia Jackson (as Isabell Monk)
Cory Garvin Cory Garvin ... Gabriel Pickering
Terry Perkins Terry Perkins ... Mrs. Pickering
Tony Saffold 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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Taglines:

Some Nightmares Haunt You. Some... Can Kill You. 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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Country:

Italy | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 March 1993 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Aura's Enigma See more »

Filming Locations:

Hopkins, Minnesota, USA See more »

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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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Severed heads cannot talk. One needs lungs in order to talk. See more »

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References Donahue (1967) See more »

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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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Underrated Argento chiller!
27 October 2006 | by AngryChairSee all my reviews

Italian horror master Dario Argento's only venture into American film-making was this tight, unique thriller.

Young man tries to help a troubled anorexic girl catch the 'head-hunter' killer that murdered her parents.

Trauma is a film that has been given the shaft by many critics, including some of Argento's own fans. Trauma is a step outside of Argento's typical colorful style as it goes for a more subtle look. Still Argento does flair with some creativeness in this film. The camera work and atmosphere are splendid, helping to make the mysterious story all the more intriguing. Pino Donaggio also lends some good music to the film as well. The theme song 'Ruby Rain' sang by Laura Evans is a nicely haunting little piece by itself. Also different from the other works of Argento, this film is rather light on gore, but still manages to have some shocking murder sequences thanks to some wild set-ups.

The cast is quite good. Chris Rydell shines as our likable young hero. Asia Argento, Dario's daughter, does a decent role as the young victim wrapped up in the mystery. Veteran actress Piper Laurie is great as always as Asia's psychic mother. The supporting cast hold their own too.

Despite its differences from Argento's earlier classics, Trauma is a fine piece of film-making itself. It's a must-see for Argento fans and just right for those seeking an off-beat thriller!

*** 1/2 out of ****


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