Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Trauma Movie Review

Trauma is a 1993 horror movie directed by Dario Argento and starring Asia Argento, Christoper Rydell, Piper Laurie and Frederic Forrest.

The movie begins with a murder. A woman is killed with a machine that can decapitate people. Cut to a young woman called Aura(Argento) who is standing on a bridge and looks as if she will jump. A man called David(Rydell) tries to help her and he stops her. He takes her for coffee and he asks her about herself. She gets irritated by his questions and runs outside. She is grabbed by two men who want to take her back to some clinic. David finds out where she has gone. Aura is brought back to her mother, Adriana Petrescu(Laurie). Her parents want to send her back to the clinic where she was being treated for anorexia. Aura is locked into her bedroom by her father. A lot of people show up at the house. Adriana is performing a seance. She contacts a spirit who is a victim of the killer. The person knows who the killer is and says that the killer is present. Everyone panics.

Aura sees her parents running off into the night. She climbs out of the window onto the roof. She finds her parents dead. She sees the killer who is holding the heads. A man from the Farraday clinic comes for Aura. David works at a newspaper and he is following the case of the killer who has been nicknamed The Head Hunter. Aura meets David again and they talk. He takes her back to her parents house. They look around the house. Someone is there and they smash his car window and run off. Dr Judd(Forrest) is at the Farraday clinic and he gets a call about Aura. He wants her back in the clinic.
Aura is staying with David. She disappears after she has a nightmare about her father's death. David finds her and they kiss. Aura gets taken back to the clinic. Dr Judd talks to her. He wants to give her something to make her remember the killer. He gives it to her and she hallucinates. She gets very upset. They tie her down and drug her. The killer is there. He is looking for her. David shows up and he wants to see Aura.

She manages to escape and David helps her. The killer murders a nurse. Aura and David find keys belonging to the nurse. They open a storage unit where  they find photographs of nurses. Some of them are dead. They find an address for one of the nurses who is still alive. They call her and she hangs up on them. They drive to see her. She sees them and flees to a hotel. She gets killed by the killer. David finds her before she dies and she utters the word Lloyd. He goes to the clinic and looks for a Dr. Lloyd. He talks to him and tries to get information, but he has nothing. He gets killed by the mysterious killer also. Dr> Judd attacks David. He gets chases by the cops and ends up crashing his car. He dies. They find severed heads in his car, suggesting that he is the killer.

David returns to his house to find that Anna had left. She leaves a note telling him that she is going to join her mother. He thinks that she has gone into the river. The case seems closed as the police believe that Judd was the killer. David thinks that he sees Aura. He is a mess. He sees her face at a window in a house and he goes inside. There is someone waiting for him. It is the killer. He is attacked. The killer is revealed to be Adrianna, Aura's mother. She faked her own death. She hits him. He wakes up with Aura in a cage. He is chained up. A kid from across the street has her decapitation machine. She goes mad with rage. She finds the kid hiding. The mother has some story about having a baby who was decapitated when he power went out in the hospital and that is why she was angry with the nurses and doctor and that is why she killed them. The kid uses her machine on her and kills her. The movie ends with the police coming and they find out who the killer is. David comforts Aura and they admit that they love each other.

I liked this film. There were plenty of twists and turns but it was interesting and the leads did their job well. I liked the cast and there is a lot to like about this film. It is decent and it kept me guessing until the end. I didn't know much about this when I sat down to watch it and I was pleasantly surprised. This has a good story and a decent amount of gore. Argento does very well here and I really enjoyed it. I am going to give it a 6/10.


Susan Leighton said...

Good review, Jigs. I will have to check this out.

Amanda said...

Thanks, Susan! It is worth your while if you can watch it. It is a decent horror/thriller from Argento.

John Nada said...

Great review Jigsaw! I'll admit I have not seen this one. I will give it a try!

Amanda said...

Thanks John.This is worth your while.I liked it and there were plenty of good scenes.I had missed it for some reason but I am glad I finally watched it!

MHS_Josh said...

Great review, as always! Love Argento's films. Will definitely have to see this!

Anonymous said...

I remember seeing this movie years ago. Frederic Forrest always creeps me out for some reason. Wasn't too bad, seemed a little low budget but was interesting, if I remember correctly. Worth a watch if you give it a 6.

Amanda said...

Thanks Josh!It is well worth a watch!!

Amanda said...

Yes it was interesting and it kept me watching until the end.It isn't Argento's best but it is well worth a watch!

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